Book Review: ‘Tin’ by Pádraig Kenny

Reviewed for Just Imagine by Lucy Timmons


Tin’ definitely gets under your skin… well if you’re a ‘proper’ sentient human. It’s a brilliant arrangement, through which children and teachers can really question what it means to be human.

Contrasting worlds collide throughout: ornate historical and modern mechanical, human and inhuman, friendship and malevolence, macabre and comforting.

There is also a sense of social injustice creeping through an ironic exploration of modernisation reviving almost a Dickensian social structure.

Not only that, in this age of technology rapidly replacing humans in so many ways, this is a narrative island where children and adults can really escape to in order to explore what this means for the future of humankind. Devotion, betrayal and subterfuge are rife making for a gripping and, at moments, breath-taking story.

Such an exciting book for teachers to use on so many levels! A must for school libraries and every Upper Key Stage Two classroom reading area, as well as core text for teachers to plan an entire term of learning around. I know we will be! Cannot recommend this book enough.


Tin by Pádraig Kenny was published by Chicken House Ltd on 1st February 2018.

Lucy Timmons is a Co Executive Head Teacher and professionally trained actress based in South East London. She is committed to children engaging with and enjoying texts first and foremost and using texts to explore, challenge and make sense of their world.