Thursday 19 December 2013

How to Train a Train

How to Train a Train by Jason Carter Eaton, illustrated by John Rocco (Walker Books)
HC RRP 24.95
ISBN 9781406350784
Reviewed by Anastasia Gonis

Some children have cats for pets; others have dogs which they train. But what happens when a child wants a train for a pet. How do you train a train? How can you know which one suits you?

The reader is taken through an imaginative adventure full of the fantasy of choosing a train. That train then becomes the child’s companion in all things. The text is not to be taken literally of course, but the imagination can make anything real.

The magnificent illustrations by John Rocco begin with the covers that depict the children riding trains as if they were horses. The colours are sensational and sit proudly amidst the illustrations on the glossy paper. Some are full page illustrations and the minimal text is happy to give space to the visual depiction of the story.

Children who love trains will be excited by this book for it has been beautifully designed and produced, and is definitely one for lovers and collectors of fine children’s picture books.

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