I greatly enjoyed Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site (linked to my review) by Sherri Duskey Rinker and one of my favorite illustrators, Tom Lichtenheld. This wonderful duo has once again shown they know where the interests of young children lie, with their new release Steam Train, Dream Train.
Through the darkness, clickety-clack . . .
coming closer, down the track . . .
hold your breath so you can hear
huffing, chuffing drawing near.
As the steam train pulls into the station, the driver signals the animal crew to load up the freight. As in with construction vehicles in their first book, the different types of train cars are described – tender, boxcar, hopper, wellcar and many more. There are fun little details on each page, such as monkeys loading up monkey bars, polar bears and penguins loading ice cream onto the reefer car, and turtles driving race cars on to the autorack, and my boys loved pointing them out. The slight twist on the last page is a pleasant surprise.
The prose is a bit stilted at times but the muted, night-like drawings, done in pastels, more than make up for it. This is a great bedtime book, created by an author (and mother) hoping for happier bedtimes and sweet dreams for all.
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Nancy’s boys are probably too older for picture books, but neither she nor they really care. She writes about her boys, books and their crazy life at Life With My Boys and Books.