The Everything Machine by Ally Jennen – review and giveaway

What would you do if you accidentally acquired an intelligent machine that could print anything? (I’m thinking robot cleaner. Or an extra storey for the house, maybe a dozen extra bookcases…)

The Everything Machine
From Ally Kennen
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Release Date: 2nd February 2017
Genre: MG
Publisher: Scholastic UK
Format: Paperback
Cover illustration Chris Jevons
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Eleven year old Olly has a very special delivery – a 3D printing machine, stamped with PROPERTY OF M.O.D and BRITISH SPACE AGENCY. WARNING. DO NOT TAMPER, which has magical powers… It has a name, it speaks, and it can print ANYTHING Olly asks it to – a never-ending supply of sweets, a swimming pool in the shed – but what Olly really wants is… his dad, who has separated from his mum and moved out of the family home. Cue the creation of Dad-Bot – he looks just like Dad (on a good day) but is totally chaotic – and his antics tip Olly and co into a heart-racing and heart-warming adventure!

The Everything Machine is a great example of middle grade fiction – a romping yarn that draws in newly independent readers. Or passing parents for that matter – I started reading it so that I could talk about it and entice in the aforementioned newly independent reader 7 year old, and discovered I’d devoured three chapters and was desperate to know what happens next…

You have been warned. It’s a *very* readable book. I’m a particular fan of Bird, the 14 year old sister to our main character, who “knows how to fix the internet, debug computers, build crazy websites and put up firewalls. She’s got this very cool sideways haircut and seems to know about everything before it happens.” Definitely my kind of teen. (Also, cool sideways haircut? Would that suit me?) All the characters are well drawn, even the machine itself – a huffy printer sounds about spot on for the ones I’ve met day to day. Of course, there’s more to the story than the interactions between children and machine, but this is, as ever, a spoiler free review.

If you’d like to check out the Everything Machine for yourself, you’re in luck, because I’ve got three copies to giveaway – entry via the easy Rafflecoptr widget below. Mandatory entry is by comment, UK addresses only. What would you make with an Everything machine?

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  1. Carol wright says:

    I have an avid reader here that, I think, would enjoy this book.

    Thanks for the review

  2. Snow or sunshine on demand!

  3. too read peoples minds x

  4. iain maciver says:

    happiness for all

  5. Happy dreams

  6. Good health

  7. lots of money 🙂

  8. Looks fantastic for my daughter. Thank you so much for such a great review x

  9. Andi Neilson says:

    I have an emerging reader that might find this right up her street. Thank you for offering the opportunity x

  10. A house cleaning and dinner cooking machine. (Too much to ask?)

  11. A house cleaning, toddler put to sleeper machine I think 😀 Thankyou for the review 😀

  12. This would be fab to win!

  13. Anneliese Myers says:

    A tidying and cleaning machine!

    Thanks for the review!

  14. Michelle Ferguson says:

    A lovely big house in a sunny country

  15. to see into the future x

  16. cheryl hadfield says:

    to make money

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  18. Lorna Ledger says:

    Oh gosh, it has to be money! and maybe time if I could! And A HOLIDAY

  19. Helen Moulden says:

    Umm probably dresses!

  20. Danielle Pooley says:

    I would def want it to be money!

  21. Definitely sounds like a book my 9 year old will enjoy. Added to the wish list.

  22. a robot capable of doing the housework every day! this is a lovely giveaway, thank you x

  23. Louise Gifford says:

    Gosh, what wouldn’t I make. First thing would be a teleporter!

  24. Jo Glasspool says:

    A time machine!

  25. Rebecca Howells says:

    Good health for every person and animal

  26. Joanna Ford says:

    Something that could instantly take away anxiety!

  27. Margaret GALLAGHER says:

    A happy everyday for all

  28. A dust collector, especially with males in the house

  29. chloe brill says:

    a never ending supply of cupcakes

  30. Natalie Gillham says:

    A money making machine x

  31. Rebecca Beesley says:

    Magic fairy dust to make you fly x

  32. Kaley Redmond says:

    I’d turn everything to chocolate

  33. Pam Francis Gregory says:

    Enough food for everyone on the planet

  34. A time machine

  35. Sarah Flint says:

    Make chocolates lots of them.

  36. faye williams says:

    I asked my son, he said a pokemon portal!! 😀

  37. MICHELLE Stewart says:


  38. happiness machine

  39. I’d totally make a nether portal type thing for real life. Instantaneous travel!

  40. Hayley Todd says:

    In the ‘Everything Machine’ I would love to make an endless supply of Salted Caramel, Honeycomb and Toffee Ice Cream!

  41. Victoria Thurgood says:

    i would make lovely dinners

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