How to Train a Train – by Jason Carter Eaton and illustrated by John Rocco


6169iw5t29l  How to Train a Train – by Jason Carter Eaton and illustrated by John Rocco, Candlewick Press, 9780763688998, 2016

Format: Board book

Rating: (1-5 5 is a starred review)  2

Genre:  Picture book

What did you like about the book? This board book is a small guide-book on how to catch a train and then train it. It gives lots of information about trains, and in a playful way shows you how to catch one and then train it. The illustrations are fun and the personification of the train works. It has a personality and performs tricks on cue.

Anything you didn’t like about it? I thought it was too much of a stretch for a book. The book taught you how to teach your train to fetch and do other things that an animal would do. I would have liked it more if the tasks had been more “train-like.”

To Whom Would You Recommend this book? It is recommended for children ages 2-5 but I would only buy it if my child were totally into trains. There were enough pictures of trains to satisfy a young toddler who loves trains.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries

Where would you shelve it ? Children’s Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  no

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Sandra Pacheco, ESL teacher, Washington, D.C.

Date of review: Nov. 1, 2016

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