How to Train a Trainby Jason Carter Eaton, John Rocco
Finding advice on caring for a dog, a cat, a fish, even a dinosaur is easy. But what if somebody’s taste in pets runs to the more mechanical kind? What about those who like cogs and gears more than feathers and fur? People who prefer the call of a train whistle to/b>
Everything you need to know about finding, keeping, and training your very own pet train.
Finding advice on caring for a dog, a cat, a fish, even a dinosaur is easy. But what if somebody’s taste in pets runs to the more mechanical kind? What about those who like cogs and gears more than feathers and fur? People who prefer the call of a train whistle to the squeal of a guinea pig? Or maybe dream of a smudge of soot on their cheek, not slobber? In this spectacularly illustrated picture book, kids who love locomotives (and what kid doesn’t?) will discover where trains live, what they like to eat, and the best train tricks around—everything it takes to lay the tracks for a long and happy friendship. All aboard!
—School Library Journal (starred review)
Train and pet enthusiasts alike will delight in this rollicking story about selecting, naming, soothing and caring for a full-sized locomotive. ... With believable expressiveness in the characterizations of the trains and a scale perfect for groups, this affectionate sendup communicates all the exasperation, responsibility and rewards of having a pet.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Eaton’s tongue-in-cheek—and eminently enjoyable text—is matched by Rocco’s smooth and sleek artwork laced with whimsy.
—Booklist (starred review)
An immersive experience for junior rail fans.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Eaton's fanciful, funny text is perfectly accompanied by John Rocco's energetic illustrations. ... This book is sure to be a huge hit with young railroad enthusiasts everywhere.
The conversational text is exploded by John Rocco’s zany, digitally colored illustrations. Learn about how these mysterious beasts travel (freights move in herds, monorails alone) and what you need to trap them (big nets are good, quicksand works, but smoke signals are best). Eaton even explains how to soothe a jumpy engine: "Few trains can resist a read-aloud." Few kids, either -- especially when the subject is trains and the words go "Rocka-rocka, clickety-clack" down the track.
—The Washington Post
I saved my favorite for last. 'How to Train a Train' is exactly that: a guidebook that teaches children how to capture and tame wild trains. ... Jason Carter Eaton's deadpan prose is calibrated just-so. He wisely leaves the abundant belly laughs to John Rocco's paintings, which have their own zany style...
—The New York Times Book Review
Meet the Author
Jason Carter Eaton is the author of the picture book The Day My Runny Nose Ran Away and the YA novel The Facttracker. He has written for such diverse venues as McSweeney’s, Cartoon Network, MGM, and BBC Radio and has done extensive work at 20th Century Fox animation, Blue Sky Studios, where he received story credit for Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs. Jason Carter Eaton lives in Westchester, New York, with his wife, two kids, dog, cat, and pet steam engine.
John Rocco is the illustrator of The Flint Heart, a 2011 abridgment crafted by Katherine and John Paterson from the 1910 Eden Phillpotts fantasy. John Rocco’s picture book Blackout earned him a 2012 Caldecott Honor. His other picture books include Fu Finds the Way, Wolf! Wolf!, and Moonpowder. He is the jacket artist for Rick Riordan’s best-selling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, and collaborated with Whoopi Goldberg on the picture book Alice. He was previously creative director at Walt Disney Imagineering and served as preproduction director at Dreamworks for the film Shrek. John Rocco lives in Brooklyn.
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Fun, whimsical, visually stunning, and linguistically appealing! This book will delight your children and adult read-aloud readers alike. This book makes the perfect holiday gift, birthday gift or just because gift. We're ready to go out and adopt our own train: a perfect pet to add to our busy family and one that does not make a mess! And now, How to Train a Train is the perfect accompanying guide book to inspire my family and our new pet with ideas of how to enjoy one another! Bravo, Jason Carter Eaton and John Rocco on your wonderful new addition to our family library. We will enjoy your book for years to come.
I purchased this book because my son loves trains, but after reading it we returned it. I was really uncomfortable with the storyline that tells children the way to train their train is to stand in front of a moving train. I feel the target age range could take this quite literally. Beautifully illustrated though.
This is a book for both boys and girls in pre school, kindergarten ,and primary grades. The colorful illustrations tell the story as well as the words. The words are delightful and "rthymic" to the sounds and motions of the trains. The story is delightful and opens the readers' minds to the roles of trains in our society. I recommend the author and his other writing.
With rhythmic absurdity, Jason Carter Eaton teaches your kid the necessities and responsibilities of choosing the perfect pet train. Yes, you read that correctly. Some kids want dogs, others prefer cats, but this is for the child akin to the locomotive. First, let's take a look at those illustrations. Don't they make you happy by just looking at them? It makes me want to go out and lasso a wild train myself! The colors are extravagant and the illustrator does a fabulous job creating movement in each. I love the realistic vintage-like feel of the artwork and the smoothness of the images. I give the illustrator 5 stars. Jason Carter Eaton narrates this funny little How-To book with silliness that people of all ages can enjoy. After learning how to catch a train, the reader will learn how to train and care for it. He even tells you how to reward it! The reader is given several tips throughout the book that they probably didn't even know where incumbent in at-home "Train care": Try saying, “My, what a handsome train you are.” Next, make the call of the wild train: “CHUGGA-CHUGGA, CHUGGA-CHUGGA!” Now you're probably asking, "if this book was so great, then why did you only rate it 4 stars?" Here's why: although the concept is adorably entertaining, there's a slight risk this book may encourage kids to attempt catching a train if they find themselves in a position to do so. This might sound ridiculous, but freak accidents happen, and I think it's important to inform your child that this is all part of using their imagination and not something they should try when enjoying a family picnic. Luckily, the author provides a disclaimer explaining this, but it may do you well to communicate the seriousness of the matter: While the author believes that it would indeed be wonderful to track, own, and train one’s very own train, he does not suggest that you make a practice of standing in the middle of train tracks. Just as he does not suggest swimming in a train’s bathtub without adult supervision, or traveling to the desert without an adequate water supply and SPF 1000 sunblock, or building a fire by yourself, or operating a train without the proper paperwork, or disobeying traffic laws, or walking across a train trestle several thousand feet up from the ground. All of these things are extremely dangerous and should be performed only by fully trained illustrated characters. This is a delightful book filled with all sorts of artistry and humor. I would recommend this book to add to your shelf. Your children will enjoy the illustrations and rhythm. I can't say there is a true educational value here, but you are sure to be entertained nonetheless!See full review @ The Indigo Quill . blogspot . com
Awesome book. My three year old grandson loves it. He especially likes going to the back jacket and hearing the names of the different trains.
Imaginative, creative & funny!! Reads well & keeps the interest of not only my 4 year old, but myself as well!!