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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 500L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; "A" First Edition edition (April 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152052372
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152052379
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9.5 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #743,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2 The adventurous reptiles from Dinosailors (Harcourt, 2003) are back, this time boarding a train as foreshadowed in the ending of the previous adventure. The stage is set by the endpapers, which depict the dinocrew: the Stegosaurus is the conductor, the T. rex is the porter, etc. Engineer Brachiosaurus is appropriately clad in striped overalls and denim cap. After loading the train, the dinosaurs are ready for action, yet a series of misadventures awaits. Too heavy, they dinopush and later jetty the dinofreight. After happily soaring through a tunnel, they enjoy the roller-coaster dinoride until they have a harrowing incident with a missing bridge, leaving them dinoflying into a lake. The crew returns home for hugs, vowing never to board a train again. The final pages show the creatures looking curiously at a plane…. Though there is perhaps an overabundance of dinowords, children will delight in them. The rollicking, rhyming text is great for reading aloud. Fine's playful, colorful dinosaurs are remarkably expressive and full of child appeal. The large scale of the book and the dynamic, dramatic quality of the pictures make it well suited for storytime sharing. And with such subject matter dinosaurs and trains who could go too far wrong? Although similar to John Steven Gurney's Dinosaur Train (HarperCollins, 2002), this book will be welcome in many collections. Robin L. Gibson, Granville Parent Cooperative Preschool, OH
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K-Gr. 2. The brightly hued, energetic saurian gang that tumbled eagerly atop a steam train at the end of Dinosailors (2003) find further peril and excitement in this rollicking continuation. It's a slow trip up the mountain, but a wild careen down: "A dark and narrow dinotunnel / Sucks and spits them through its funnel. / Out the shoot [sic] and down the slide, / A roller-coaster dinoride!" Though the outing ends in disaster at a washed-out bridge, young fans--particularly those who have already ridden on John Steven Gurney's Dinosaur Train (2002)--will happily join Fine's full-size, naturalistically rendered dinosaurs for the ride. And what's next? "We'll never take another train. . . . / But how about a dinoplane?" John Peters
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Customer Reviews

We read this book just about every night.
Keian's Mommy
This book is full of bright and colorful illustrations and a rhyming dino-themed story that is sure to please a younger audience.
Ionia Martin
It's fun to read too and my son likes to 'read' it to me.
Lanelle Devlin

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Hoosier on October 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I have two young sons, as well as a baby daughter. My sons are obsessed with, respectively, dinosaurs and trains. So now I have a book that can satisfy both of them when they are on my lap and begging for a book. I must not be the only dad in this situation, since there are a few picturebooks about dinosairs on trains.

Before becoming a dad, it had never occured to me that there was a pressing need for books that combined paleobiology with locomotive transport. Who knew? But this is the best of the lot, and I still have not become bored with it. Given how many times I have now read it, that is the strongest recommendation I can give a children's book. If you are a parent, you know what I mean.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lanelle Devlin on November 11, 2008
Format: Hardcover
My son's preschool sent this home and as a 3yr old trains and dino's are his favorite. We asked to get the same pack of books back the following week he liked the book so much. We have read it every night. Guess what he's getting for Christmas?

It's fun to read too and my son likes to 'read' it to me. My son likes to finish each phrase when I read it and I think I enjoy the illustrations as much as he does.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on April 15, 2006
Format: Hardcover
A train trip inspired Deb Lund to write All Aboard the Dinotrain. Howard Fine has illustrated fourteen books (give or take a few) according to his count.

Written in whimsical rhyme, All Aboard the Dinotrain takes children on an exciting Dinotrain trip. The cargo is loaded, the coal is stoked, the whistle blows and off the dinos go on their train adventure.

They go up steep hills and through dark tunnels. The cars tip left and right but the dinos all lean way out and hang on tight. And when the train won't stop, danger is near. The trestle is out and all of the dinos fear for their safety.

What will happen when the train comes to the end of the line? Will the train go into the water? Will the dinos be saved? Whew! If they get out alive they won't ever take another train trip. But how will they travel? All Aboard the Dinotrain will give children all the answers and a lot of fun reading the adventures of the dinotrain.

Armchair interviews says: All Aboard the Dinotrain is a rollicking good ride and children will enjoy reading it again and again.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tyler C Johnston on August 8, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I heavily rely on reviews when I purchase any item, and I wish I had taken another reviewer seriously when they said this book was a downer. It really is! The illustrations are great, but the story line is negative from almost the first page. In summary, this train has problems running from the very beginning, crashes and the dinosaurs get off wondering why they took a trip. It doesn't exactly inspire children to try new things! My son is crazy about dinosaurs and trains and he wasn't into this book as much as I tried to make it interesting. My husband read this to our son on a different night, without any input from me, and told me afterward that he felt the same way.....boring and negative. Every child is different and again, the illustrations really are fantastic, but it's just not enough to make this something we'll read again. Sorry to be a downer myself, but I wanted to share with others who might be considering...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 29, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I'm a pre-k teacher, and all I can say is how much my students loved this book! I only wish is I had it earlier in the year when we did transportation. Kids in general love trains and love dinosaurs and this book combines them both in a fun and slightly educational way. In the begining of the book it tells you about 6 dinosaurs and also gives them 6 train jobs which the students found very interesting. The pictures are also very pretty. Both my boy and girl students love this book, everytime I read the book they all have their eyes and mouths wide open, which I can't say about many books :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James E. Scarborough on January 29, 2014
Format: Paperback
All the land was white with snow,
But the postman did not slow.
A book he brought to entertain,
None other than the Dinotrain!
This book will thrill the two-year-old.
To him, this title's dinogold!

Twice each night the bedtime story,
This book is more than hunky-dory.
Other books like Carle and Seuss
Get hardly any dinouse.
The dinos have a thrilling ride,
And kids so love the train besides!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Nixon on September 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is such a fun book. My little guy loves dinosaurs and we read this book over and over again. Great pictures and a fun, fun, fun story. Love to see more dino books from Ms. Lund.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keian's Mommy on July 15, 2008
Format: Hardcover
My 3 year old son loves this book. We read this book just about every night. It combines the two things he loves most with a hobby he loves more. That would be TRAINS and DINOSAURS and READING. This book never gets old for him. He loves to point out what is going on in the illustrations,which are beautifully done.The expressions of the dinosaurs are so amusing. We currently have this in a paperback but will be ordering the hardback to add to his collection.
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More About the Author

Deb Lund is the author of MONSTERS ON MACHINES, DINOSAILORS, ALL ABOARD THE DINOTRAIN, DINOSOARING, and other books for children. She can ride a unicycle and juggle (though not at the same time), and she's a popular presenter at schools, bookstores, libraries, and conferences. An upper middle-grade novel, an adult novel, and a book on teaching writing are among her current projects. Deb is a creativity coach, writing teacher, and continuing education instructor for writing teachers at www.hol.edu. She's been a classroom and music teacher, a librarian, a school founding director, and in case you didn't figure it out yet, she's passionate about supporting writers, education, and the arts.

If you're a writer, you'll want to check out Deb's 54-card deck and guidebook, FICTION MAGIC: CARD TRICKS & TIPS FOR WRITERS. With card "tricks" (prompts that help intensify the tension in your stories) and "tips" (suggestions to help relieve the tension in your writing life), FICTION MAGIC is part craft lessons and part creativity coaching. It's like having two decks in one. And if you want to see more progress on your projects, you'll want to talk with Deb about being your coach.

Thanks to her many interests and a trio of teens, Deb is an expert at creating in the middle of chaos. She and her husband, Karl Olsen of The Brothers Four, live with their remarkable kids and obedient schnauzer on Whidbey Island in Washington state, where it seems everyone is an artist of some kind.

You can contact Deb and learn more about her at www.deblund.com.


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