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The Goodnight Train
     

The Goodnight Train

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by June Sobel
 

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All aboard for Dreamland! Hold on to your pillow because the Goodnight Train is taking off. Roll that corner, rock that curve, and soar past mermaids, leaping sheep, and even ice-cream clouds. You won't want to miss a thing, so whatever you do, don't . . . close . . . your . . . eyes! 
        

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All aboard for Dreamland! Hold on to your pillow because the Goodnight Train is taking off. Roll that corner, rock that curve, and soar past mermaids, leaping sheep, and even ice-cream clouds. You won't want to miss a thing, so whatever you do, don't . . . close . . . your . . . eyes! 
           
With soothing, lyrical words and magical illustrations, June Sobel and Laura Huliska-Beith have created a nighttime fantasy that's guaranteed to make even the most resistant sleeper snuggle up tight.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ginjer L. Clarke
A lovely picture book rich with color, rhyme, and sound words, this one will be a hit for parents and kids as a bedtime read. The Goodnight Train rolls through the countryside, counting down to bedtime, encountering dreamlike characters and images along the way. The rhythms gently slow down as the train reaches the station, lulling little ones to sleep. Parents everywhere will be thrilled to have a fun, fresh alternative to reading the classic Goodnight Moon, yet again.
School Library Journal
PreS-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 Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
As The Goodnight Train traverses la-la land, the rhythmic chugging and the cadenced clickety-clacking will eventually lull even the most stalwart child to sleep. So, "Find your sleepers! Grab your teddy." The train sets forth over hill and dale, puffing and huffing, embraced by somnolent shades of blue and purple. Upward through the tunnel, the train rockets around the curve and toward its destination, choo-chooing all the way as it passes over a flat plain and through a field of sheep. Gradually, the train begins to slow. At last the little locomotive pulls into the depot and its occupants sigh and close their sleepy eyes. The illustrations depict welcoming creatures of all sorts, children and skunks alike. There is bountiful fun to be had in the journey's creamy hues, painting fantastic hypnagogic images such as a turtle shoveling cinnamon rolls and a mermaid applying night cream. The cheerful and rhyming text paired with the frothy art creates an enchanting trip to dreamland. (Picture book. 2-5)
Children's Literature - Ginjer L. Clarke and Marilyn Courtot
Originally a lovely picture book rich with color, rhyme, and sound words, this title will be a hit for parents and kids as a bedtime read. The Goodnight Train rolls through the countryside, counting down to bedtime, encountering dreamlike characters and images along the way. There is a little one getting a bath with a giant tooth brush, a train car full of cookies, to go with milk, one presumes. The train cars are a variety of beds ranging from a crib to a divan with a canopy to a twin bed. There is a lot to look at in these charming illustrations as the train chugs its way into the night. The rhythms gently slow down as the train reaches the station, lulling little ones to sleep. Parents everywhere will be thrilled to have a fun, fresh alternative to reading the classic Goodnight Moon, yet again. Reviewer: Ginjer L. Clarke and Marilyn Courtot

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547540023
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/01/2006
Sold by:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
783,060
Lexile:
AD350L (what's this?)
File size:
7 MB
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet 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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The Goodnight Train 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Do not buy the nook book version. I purchased it for my daughter and was shocked at the poor quality of the book format. It is extremely small, the images are blurry and the text is impossible to read within the illustration. There is a lot of white area around the pages and it does not turn the orientation nor you can zoom in the images. I called to complain about the book and ask for a refund and need to take it up to a supervisor as BN policy is no refund for items downloaded. How would I know how bad it was if there were no previews!? They shouldn't be selling such poor quality nook books from an obviously great children's book. Scans of the pages would have been more adequate than this. It is extremely disappointed. Don't buy the nook book!!!
Valuni More than 1 year ago
bought his book for my 3 yr old nephew who loves trains... he absolutely loves this book! likes to read it every night before going to bed... beatufiful pictures too!
mojobaby75 More than 1 year ago
Low rating is for the format, not the story. Adorable story and illustrations ruined by the Nook vertical format. Not sure why they didn't do this one in landscape format since the text is within the illustratons and not below the pictures. Very disappointing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is one of my all-time favorites and perfect for bedtime. The story is really fun, and the pictures are amazing! There is so much to look at on every page, and every time you flip through the pages you notice something new. This book never gets boring. I originally got it when my daughter was about 1 year old, and she loved it even at that age. When we got to the parts where the train was rolling, rocking, and bouncing...we'd roll, rock and bounce her on our laps and she would laugh so hard! The story is also very easy to read, and easy for the little ones to understand. Our book has gotten very beat up from being read so many times, and the only negative I can say is that I really wish there was a board book version so that it held up a little better. Ours has done alright so far with a lot of taping. :-) I did see that amazon has a way to pre-order a board book version, so hopefully that's coming soon. I have easily bought over half a dozen copies of this as gifts. This book is never carried in stores, though I can't imagine why. Everyone always loves this story. I think both parents and children will love it! (I found this book because Laura Huliska-Beith also illustrated "Ten Little Ladybugs" which was another favorite of ours. I love her illustrations.)
ROMI18 More than 1 year ago
My 3 year old son ADORES this book. We read it every night (a couple of times)...a must buy!
JKM More than 1 year ago
My boys look forward to reading this book every night. They can't wait to get to bed to read this book. The words are simple and rythmic. The pictures are delightful; look closely and find some funny gems in the pictures! My three-year old "reads" this book and is learning to recognize some words because of it. A fun read! I highly recommend. I love to give it as a gift! The pages are paper, but they are a durable paper.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my six year old sister as a tooth fairy gift because she lost here first tooth! She loves it! Its the perfect book to snuggle up and drift of to sleep with. Beautyful illistrationsl about a train ride and its destination "dream land". I highly recommend this book.
nik-b More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my now two year-old for Christmas last year. I wasn't expecting it to be the favorite it has become, but it has ruled over ALL other books for the past year. It is bent, taped, a bit crumpled and much loved. There is always something silly to find within the beautiful illustrations and the story line flows well, wrapping up into a perfectly sleep-inducing conclusion. This is one of two books I am buying my sister who is expecting her first to help get her started on her own children's library. This is the perfect bed-time book for itty-bitties.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Our 2 year old loves this book, we read it every night.
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Evans_Mom More than 1 year ago
My son really likes this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got my son this book for Christmas without reading it first and he loves it! It was the perfect book for him!