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Buzz Books were a brand of small hardcover children's books. The Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends range featured stories based on episodes from the first to fourth series and were published from 1990 until 1996. There were fifty books in the series and they originally cost around £1.50 each.

Buzz Books also covered other popular children's series such as Fireman Sam, Joshua Jones, Rupert, The Animals of Farthing Wood, Barney the Dog (which used illustrations by Edgar Hodges) and TUGS.

Some of these books were also released in the US by Random House and cost $3.50 each.


  1. Thomas in Trouble
  2. Toby and the Stout Gentleman
  3. Percy Runs Away
  4. Thomas and the Breakdown Train
  5. Edward, Gordon and Henry
  6. Thomas Goes Fishing
  7. Thomas Down the Mine
  8. James and the Troublesome Trucks
  9. Gordon Off the Rails
  10. Thomas and Terence
  11. James and the Tar Wagons
  12. Thomas and Bertie
  13. Thomas and the Trucks
  14. Thomas' Christmas Party
  15. Thomas, Percy and the Coal
  16. Saved from Scrap
  17. Thomas and Trevor
  18. Duck Takes Charge
  19. Pop Goes the Diesel
  20. A Close Shave
  21. Thomas Comes to Breakfast
  22. Percy and Harold
  23. Percy's Predicament
  24. BoCo the Diseasel
  25. Percy Takes the Plunge
  26. Woolly Bear
  27. Thomas Gets Bumped
  28. Toby's Tightrope
  29. The Trouble with Mud
  30. Percy's Promise
  31. Thomas, Percy and the Post Train
  32. Gordon and the Famous Visitor
  33. Donald's Duck
  34. No Joke for James
  35. Trust Thomas
  36. Mavis
  37. Time for Trouble
  38. Diesel Does it Again
  39. A Scarf for Percy
  40. Henry's Forest
  41. Edward, Trevor and the Really Useful Party
  42. Thomas, Percy and the Dragon
  43. James and the Bees
  44. Duck and the Regatta
  45. The Mischievous Twins
  46. Tender Engines
  47. Granpuff
  48. Bulldog
  49. You Can't Win
  50. Four Little Engines


  • Books 1-12 and 14-26 use the same text as the Ladybird Books.
  • Only books 1-3, 8, 17, 18, 27, 28, 30, 32, and 36 were released in the United States.
  • Some copies of the books have, instead of numbers on their spines, pictures of Thomas' smokebox, illustrated by Ken Stott.
  • The following Japanese books have corrected goofs from the English books with the permission of the publisher:[1]
    • Thomas and Bertie - The mirroring of Bertie on the front cover has been fixed because the translator's son pointed it out.
    • BoCo the Diseasel - Gordon was incorrectly referred to as Edward on the last page, this was fixed because a young reader pointed it out.
  • These books were first published at the time of the first series last showing after Thomas, Terence and the Snow/ Thomas and Bertie aired on 7th August 1990.
  • Apart from Wales, Japan, Norway and Korea, it is unknown if any other non-English countries published these books.

In Other Languages

Language Title
Japanese きかんしゃトーマスのアニメ絵本
Korean 칙칙폭폭 그림책
Norwegian Lokomotivet Thomas
Welsh Cloriau Cacwn: Tomos y Tanc