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It's funny how the author uses the word "funny"
on January 22, 2011
This book has lovely pictures but the author is, perhaps, not well-versed in the English language. Repeatedly, and seemingly at random, the author uses the phrase "It's funny where Ben's train takes him." Here I have to strongly disagree. It is not at all funny where Ben's train takes him (to small towns, through tunnels, to the city, etc.). It is perhaps fun, maybe exciting or interesting, but no, it's not funny.
This book is completely appropriate for those who don't feel compelled to read all of the text to their children. If, however, you are the type of parent who wishes to stay true to the original text, be forewarned-- your children will never score highly on standardized tests of verbal ability. Perhaps they will be forced into a life of manual labor, or maybe even have to tour the country performing as a side act to Lollapalooza in which they eat coal for spare change.