How to Train A Train

How to Train A Train

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Loco for locomotives? Get your ticket ready - here is everything you need to know about finding, keeping and training your very own pet train. Finding advice on caring for a dog, a cat, a fish, or even a dinosaur is easy. But what if somebody's taste in pets runs to the more mechanical kind? What about those who like cogs and gears more than feathers and fur? People who prefer the call of a train whistle to the squeal of a guinea pig? Or maybe dream of a smudge of soot on their cheek, not slobber? In this spectacularly illustrated picture book, children who love locomotives (and what child doesn't?) will discover where trains live, what they like to eat and the best train tricks around...everything it takes to lay the tracks for a long and happy friendship. All aboard!.
Publisher: Somerville, MA : Candlewick Press, 2016
Edition: First board book edition
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780763688998
Branch Call Number: E BOARDBOOK EATON
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : colour illustrations ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Rocco, John - Illustrator
Notes: Cover title


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Dec 16, 2014

I like this book for its fun and new way of looking at an old concept--trains. In this story, a boy tells you all the ways you should pick out a pet train, how to take care of it, and how to train it. He gives advice on naming the train, bathing it, telling it stories at night, and playing with it.

Treating a train as a pet is unusual and creative. The illustrations are rich, colorful and absolutely gorgeous.

This book is advertized for ages 4-8. However, the concepts and humor in this book are at times more mature. I think it is best suited for grades K-3.

The author gives a warning in the back of the book that the stunts performed in the book should never be attempted and are extremely dangerous. I would have liked to have seen this on the first page of the book. I was also slightly disturbed by the catching of the train by standing on the tracks, netting it, or trapping it in quicksand. Would we get a pet animal this way? This portion of the book is one of the major reasons why this book would be better suited for older children who understand the concept of pretend.

BCD2013 Jun 12, 2014

NYPL Staff Pick
Want a puppy? Why not consider a train instead? An all-purpose guide to capturing and keeping a locomotive of your very own.

May 04, 2014

I plan to buy this one, a rarity for train books, which dominate our reading time these days. It's clever and it has heart.

ChristchurchKids Dec 26, 2013

"So you want a pet train? Well, of course you do!" Even kids who aren't railroad enthusiasts will get on board with this whimsical guide to train ownership. The first step is to tempt the right train to come home with you (smoke signals and offerings of coal are your best bet), followed by giving your new pet a name (does your train look like a Milo, or more of a Captain Foofamaloo?) before teaching your train tricks and taking it on play dates. Polished, cheerfully expressive artwork featuring a diverse cast of humans and locomotives rounds out this tongue-in-cheek tale.
Picture books newsletter December 2013.

Dec 09, 2013

Fantastic picture book. I love the detailed illustrations, and the whimsical story line that elevates trains to a household companion. This is one I purchased for our home library. Ten stars!


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yellow_lion_386 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 2 and 7


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