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The Goodnight Train Hardcover – September 1, 2006
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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
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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It has wonderful pictures that we all enjoy (myself and my 11 year old daughter as well). When you look closely at the pictures there's so many fun little things added in. Like the squirrel eating out of the fridge in a tree, the mermaid putting on night cream, the sheep taking wool of another sheep to knit a blanket. It took me a few weeks or reading it nightly to really pay attention to what's in the pictures. Now we have fun pointing out the goofy things. The words are catchy and fun to read. The story is a sing songy rhyme that flows easily and is very catchy. It's not too short nor too long. Definitely a keeper. This will be a great go-to birthday gift for 1-3 year olds.
Additionally, I love the way the writing seems to lull you to sleep as you read. One of our top 3 books at bedtime.
The illustrations can be a bit busy, especially if you're trying to get someone wound down. And reading it in dim light? Good luck! But it's a fun bedtime story for your little train lover!
PS: I would recommend getting the board book version - our regular version has tape on nearly every page, where I had to fix small rips. Because the book is in horizontal format (which is nice, it lays open better than a horizontal book), overenthusiastic tots can easily rip the bottom of the wide pages by turning them too quickly. I was going to order a second copy in the board book version, but then thought the taped up pages kind of had a warm, worn-in feel to them (showing how much my son loves to read this book), so I just kept the original format :).