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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (September 24, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763663077
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763663070
  • Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 10 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,973 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1–From Thomas the Tank Engine to The Little Engine That Could, kids love personified trains, so it's not such a huge chug forward to imagine one as a pet. But how do you select, train, and care for your pet engine? Written as a guidebook for new owners, this amusing title incorporates language usually associated with pet ownership and child rearing. “It's only natural that you'll want to take home all the trains, but don't just grab the first one you see. Take your time and choose one that's right for you.” Juxtaposing sensible tips with the absurdity of a huge pet locomotive creates a text that is at once believable and preposterous. “A warm bath can help calm a nervous train…and few trains can resist a good read-aloud.” But what really makes this concept roar down the track are the entrancing digitally colored illustrations that perfectly capture the expressiveness and playfulness of the pet trains. Whether illustrating the new pet going for a “walk,” performing a trick, or enjoying a playdate with other pet vehicles, the artist has so cleverly incorporated facial features onto the various engines that their distinct personalities shine through, as does the obvious affection children feel for their new pets. Additionally, the large-scale, saturated colors, and comic details of these pictures give young readers a boxcar full to look at and appreciate. From the appealing cover to the final moonlit scene of a boy and his pet steam engine happily chugging down the track, this book is sure to be popular with train and pet lovers alike.–Teri Markson, Los Angeles Public Libraryα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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*Starred Review* As it turns out, a train is not so very different from a dog—at least in the way you train it. Our young narrator, outfitted in pith helmet and khakis, sets the tone: “So you want a pet train? Well, of course you do!” He begins at the beginning, showing readers how to find trains (“early steam engines pretty much just sit in a museum”); how to capture a train (smoke signals seem to be the best method); and what to name it (a gallery of pictures shows Smokey, Sir Chugsalot, et al.). Once a train gets home, it can be soothed by reading aloud and sent to sleepy town by listening to clickity-clack music. And oh the fun to be had as you teach your new train to fetch or rollover. Eaton’s tongue-in-cheek—and eminently enjoyable—text is matched by Rocco’s smooth and sleek artwork laced with whimsy. A simple sentence like “How does it feel about tunnels and bridges?” results in a cleverly angled spread of a boy pulling his nervous train over a wooden bridge. Despite the human (or is it canine?) sensibility with which the trains are invested, they also seem like real mechanical objects—sturdy, strong, and powerful. Often they’re set against serene skies with blues and golds that could have come from the brush of Maxfield Parrish. This will get kids rolling. Preschool-Grade 2. --Ilene Cooper

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My 5 year old grandson loves this book.
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This is a book you will enjoy reading over and over to your kids - because they will ask for it again and again!
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The illustrations are beautiful and it is a fun story for all.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ricky on September 24, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This book is funny. It is smart. It is touching and heartwarming.
I recommend How To Train a Train to anyone who loves kids, trains, laughter and heart.

Just loved it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By James on November 4, 2013
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This guy will make you laugh. You will see, if not in the first sentence, then in the second or the third, that you are outmatched and outgunned. You can resist laughter and instruct your child to do the same but you will fail. It is inevitable. He is ruthless, canny, and will resort to any means to extract from you and your child a sense of silliness and ridiculousness and wonder and, if this news frightens you or if you are trying to set a record for the World's Longest Scowl, then you might be better off reading the latest issue of Accounting Enthusiast or picking through an old copy The Hat People Of North America or even Organizing Your Shelves, Fifth Edition. If, however, the notion of laughter doesn't seem frightening to you, and children in your household are allowed to snort and howl and snort again, then I strongly recommend you flip through these pages and see what happens.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robin Fragner on September 24, 2013
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Funny and endearing. One of those books your kids will want to hear every night, and one that you will enjoy reading to them over and over.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cindy Paige on September 24, 2013
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Love it! I bought a copy for my nephew but the book is such a hit that I just ordered more copies as presents for friends. The writing is great - both funny and smart! And the illustrations are gorgeous!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K.Leith on September 24, 2013
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Jason Carter Eaton has done it again this time with heart and silliness all concerning your very own train and the training of said train! Your kids will love this, as will you adults!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By wrapit20 on October 2, 2013
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How to Train a Train by Jason Carter Eaton and John Rocco was a blast to read to my kids last night. My 3.5 year old is a huge train kid and he fell asleep with the book on his bed. The illustrations are awesome! Great Job Jason and John
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chris B on September 27, 2013
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Last night, over dinner, I read How to Train a Train to my soon-to-be four year old. A mistake. She was too focused on the book to eat.
How will you know if your children are enjoying this story? Don't worry. You'll know. Little necks will crane as you turn each page impatient to see what's next. Eyes will be filled with fascination, imaginations visibly active. That's the best part. For all its amazing illustrations, Eaton's deceptively easygoing voice carefully invites kids to create images of their own. He asks them the questions that stir dreams.

When I finished the book and reheated my daughter's dinner I asked her if she wanted to train a train. Only if I helped her was the smiling response.

With outstanding artwork, fun, friendly words, How to Train a Train works for story time and as an early reader. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stephen R. Kutner on September 24, 2013
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Jason Eaton is the funniest, cleverest, most entertaining writer in Children's Lit. Hop on a bullet train to your bookstore (or just click right here)
and pick up this rollicking, delightful and little-mind-blowing tribute to trains and the kids who love them.
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