Rating: 1-5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 3
Format: Picture Book
What did you like about the book? The book will be welcomed by young train enthusiasts. Two children board a train for a trip, illustrated on the inside cover pages, across the plains, the mountains and into the city. They even travel though a ghost town. Each two page spread is filled with rhyming text: “Who wants to ride aboard a train? A train that rumbles through the rain, and into the fog, and under the moon…Hop On! The train is leaving soon.” The author includes a lot of onomatopoeia: “Clatter and Chug”, “Click-Clackety-Click.” The colorful, line illustrations by Mike Lowery bring a sense of whimsy to the trip – the whistling train engine, a mountain goat and a smiling cloud are some of the sights. Children will enjoy taking this imaginary ride.
What didn’t you like about the book? At times the rhyming pattern stumbles, but overall it is pretty easy to read aloud.
To whom would you recommend this book? (Read-alikes if you can think of them) This will appeal to preschoolers who love trains and Thomas the Tank engine. It would also be useful for a child taking their first train trip.
Who should buy this book? (Middle schools, high schools, small libraries, all libraries, etc.) Public libraries and lower elementary schools.
Where would you shelve it and why? Picture Books
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Not really.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library
Date of review: 10/24/14