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The Goodnight Train Hardcover – September 1, 2006


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 350L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (September 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152054367
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152054366
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 9.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (246 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,115 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-K–This bedtime story is likely to strike a chord with young listeners. A gentle, rhyming text intersperses train noises with a getting-ready-for-bed routine with a railroad-inspired theme. Brightly colored cartoon illustrations picture children in their beds being pulled along by the engine. They ride through tunnels, over bridges, and past fields of sheep. The words flow fairly well, with only a few minor skips, and the sounds mixed with bedtime sounds (Rock-a, rock-a, rock-a, rock-a–Shhhhhhhhhhh! Shhhhhhhhhhh!) will delight youngsters and have them chiming in. The acrylic-and-collage artwork curves around the spreads and encourages page turns. Clever backgrounds, including a sign that declares, Dreamland 20 winks ahead, ensure that there is plenty to look at, and the journey ends effectively with the children asleep and the words, Good night, train./Good night. Libraries in need of more train or bedtime books will find this a useful and enjoyable addition.–Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT
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About the Author

JUNE SOBEL is the talented author of B Is for Bulldozer: A Construction ABC, illustrated by Melissa Iwai, and Shiver Me Letters: A Pirate ABC, illustrated by Henry Cole. She lives in Westlake Village, California.

LAURA HULISKA-BEITH has illustrated many popular books for children, including The Recess Queen by Alexis O'Neill and Ten Little Ladybugs by Melanie Gerth. She lives in Kansas City, Missouri.

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June Sobel was born in New York City and grew up in the Long Island suburb of Oceanside, New York. She graduated Skidmore College and has an MFA in Painting from Stanford University. The birth of her son renewed her interest in the read aloud magic of picture books. June loves the challenge of creating books that awaken the wonder of words and pictures in children as well as keep the child alive in adults. She wrote her first book B IS FOR BULLDOZER illustrated by Melissa Iwai when she couldn't find an ABC book on construction for her truck obsessed three year old. Her subsequent books are SHIVER ME LETTERS - A PIRATE ABC illustrated by Henry Cole and the THE GOODNIGHT TRAIN illustrated by Laura Huliska-Beith. June lives in Westlake Village, California with her husband, son and a scrappy Norfolk Terrier named Dudley. She likes to devour great books, laugh, attempt to stand on her head, eat Sprinkles cupcakes, watch romantic black and white movies and kayak on glassy waters.

Customer Reviews

My 2 1/2 year old son loves this book!
paarpan
We must read it every night... and a few times a day!
Jen Mann
Great rhyming story... beautiful illustrations.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

60 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Nick362 on September 14, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Zoom down a train track headed for Dreamland with this beautifully illustrated book. This quickly became my sons favorite book (and he has many). From the fun rhyming verses to the gorgeous pictures this book has it all. My son is 2 and going through a train phase so this book is the perfect thing to send him off to Dreamland. We blow our train whistle and cuddle on the bed. He's already memorized sentences from the book and it's the first book he actually has handed to me and insists I read. This book would be perfect for any child. It makes the whole bedtime ritual very fun and my son just knows it's time for bed when we're done. The illustrations are so vivid and detailed that they are great for teaching what certain objects are. I recommend this for all parents searching for that perfect bedtime book.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By fyres on November 27, 2007
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This is such a fun and whimsical book for kiddos who loves trains. My 2 yr old is obsessed with trains and frankly, I'm tired of Thomas all the time. It's such a nice change, it rhymes (which she loves rhyming books.) It's a fun adventure about the train rocking them to sleep. The artwork is colorful, fun and interesting as well. The only way this book could be better is if it's a board book so little curious hands can't rip it. This one is a hard cover with a paper slip cover which kiddos can rip as well as the pages.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Su on October 22, 2006
Format: Hardcover
My 2- and 4- year olds both love this book!!! Upbeat and fun... a great book to read before bedtime! (My younger one loves it more than the older one!!)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By PeaTee TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 28, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a very good nighttime book choice for the train obsessed. Besides have a good rhyme and cadence, the artwork is cute, with highlights of humor tucked away in the pictures. My son is five and still likes this book.

Four Stars ::: Nice Artwork: the art covers the entire page and the colors are vivid without being too eye-popping. Very Good Read-aloud: the 'ssshhh' and 'husha' sounds are soothingly worked into the rhyme.

Pam T ~
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JT Moore on April 12, 2008
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My 3 year old son LOVES trains so we were excited to find a new train book for our bedtime routine. It's a fun story with silly pictures. The train passes through many interesting places on it's way to bedtime. My son enjoys pointing out all the oddities in the illustrations--mostly to draw out the story!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By T.S. on January 28, 2008
Format: Hardcover
My 19 month old loves the pictures and the rhyme. Beautiful pics. A fun one for bedtime.
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48 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Sara on July 7, 2011
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My toddler adore trains and we have quite the collection of train books. Due to the positive feedback this book received, I purchased a copy for him. After the first reading, I wasn't impressed but wasn't sure why so I decided to withhold judgment until further readings. I've finally decided why I don't like this book; the rhyme and rhythm are often interrupted, the overall storyline isn't solid, sending mixed messages, and rather than enhance and bring clarity to the story, the illustrations serve to further confuse the reader and leave a disconnect between the text and pictures.

The gist of the story is that a train is getting ready to take a trip, at the end of which it may sleep. The train cars are actually beds that are filled with children in pajamas, who take a ride on the train. At first, the porter tells the children to close their eyes as the train gets ready to roll, however a few pages later they "roll the corner, rock the curve, blankets bounce with every swerve," and all the kids are wildy awake, as they would be on a roller coaster. They bounce up in their beds as if they are about to fall off, yet the text says "Shhhhhhhhhhh! Shhhhhhhhhh!" as if this were soothing.

More confusing and out of sync elements:
The train is filled with coal resembling cookies that some of the characters are seen eating. For me, cookies and bedtime routines don't mix.

The text is written about the train, but the illustrations are about the children riding the train.

The train, which is clearly a passenger train filled with children, is called a "freight train" in the text.

In the center of the book there are two pages without text, just illustration, but the illustration neither furthers the storyline nor stands out well enough on its own.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By V. Hoffman on February 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover
All of my kids love trains and this is a great bedtime story about going off to bed. The pictures are cute and it's not a very long book to read.
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