Night Train

Night Train

by Caroline Stutson, Katherine Tillotson
     
 

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A majestic, streamlined locomotive sweeps into the pages of this striking picture book and a little boy climbs aboard for a nighttime journey. Through the countryside and on to the city, passing farms and houses and trucks on the highway, the journey is seen through the wide-open eyes of a child taking his first train trip.

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A majestic, streamlined locomotive sweeps into the pages of this striking picture book and a little boy climbs aboard for a nighttime journey. Through the countryside and on to the city, passing farms and houses and trucks on the highway, the journey is seen through the wide-open eyes of a child taking his first train trip.

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Publishers Weekly
On an overnight train to see Grandma, a boy traveling with his father takes in the sights and sounds. It's a vintage subject, but Stutson (Prairie Primer A to Z) and Tillotson (Nice Try, Tooth Fairy) mine it astutely. Small sensations and experiences are just as important here as big ones, as they so often are for children: mastering the art of carrying a water-filled paper cup down the rocking aisles receives the same weight as the thrill of speeding through countryside and town. Truncated verse suggests the motion of the train: "Back we go On rattling floors," Stutson writes after the boy has eaten in the dining car, "Car To car Through hissing doors." Her spare tone acts as counterpoint to the glowing lighting and dramatic angles of Tillotson's full-bleed pastels. One of the most telling scenes takes place in the dining car, where the boy is shown wondering at the presentation of an exotic, domed entr e; the mirrored surface reflects the server's smiling face. This tribute offers evidence that, when it comes to the romance of train travel, a child's love is here to stay. Ages 4-8. (Apr.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
"Thunder, Lightening, On the tracks...Here comes the train! Watch out. Stand back." These brief dramatic opening lines are representative of the remaining simple, rhyming text of this picture book evoking the wonder and excitement of a young boy's nighttime train journey from the country to a big city. The text length, which varies from two words, to several short sentences per page, and the large print would make the book appropriate for beginning readers, while the large format and striking, movement-filled paintings would make this a good choice for story times with very young children. Both the author and illustrator do a wonderful job of portraying a night train journey from a child's perspective. 2002, Roaring Brook Press,
— Gisela Jernigan <%ISBN%>0761326626
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-A ride that will delight train lovers. A young boy boards one of the passenger cars in the country and readers' first views are of passing meadows and farm animals, bridges and tunnels. Soon, night falls, and the locomotive approaches a city where the scenes become those of apartment buildings and an expressway. Inside, there is also much to be fascinated with, including a meal in the dining car and silver sinks in the bathroom. The rhyming text, "Back we go On rattling floors. Car To car Through hissing doors," adds details while conveying the power and the beauty of the train and the wonder and adventure of an all-night ride as seen through the eyes of a child. The large double-page paintings feature a contrast of colors: warm oranges and browns and greens for the countryside and varying shades of blue and gray for the city. A trip every child should experience, even if only through this story.-Wanda Meyers-Hines, Ridgecrest Elementary School, Huntsville, AL Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A little boy and his father take the night train to visit Grandma in this rhyming story told with few words and huge, double-page-spread illustrations. Stutson (Cowpokes, 1999, etc.) provides the short, poetic text in rhyming couplets with evocative language describing sights and sounds. Her writing conveys the little boy's excitement at his first train ride and at traveling in an unusual way at an unusual time with his daddy all to himself. Tillotson (Nice Try, Tooth Fairy, 2000, etc.) works with shades of blue, lavender, and gold to convey the gigantic size and power of the train, effectively capturing the other-worldly sense of speeding through the night while the golden lights of other places fly by. She varies her perspectives so that the reader looks at the train (and the boy inside the train) from different angles, adding to the sense of motion and the overall feeling of a long journey. The vaguely old-fashioned setting suggests the '30s or '40s, with tall skyscrapers and a huge train station with a vaulted ceiling. The oversized format and consistent use of double spreads make this an ideal addition to story hours with train or travel themes. (Picture book. 3-7)
From the Publisher
Bulletin, Center for Children's Books

Kids lucky enough to have ridden the rails may enjoy comparing notes, and those who only catch a flash of passing cars can ponder the wonders behind the windows.

Booklist

Striking, full-spread paintings and rhythmic text capture the rush and thrill of trains in this attractive title. . . . An excellent choice for preschool story hours, this will also make a good bedtime selection, launching little ones on their own dreamy night-time adventures.

Kirkus Reviews

An ideal addition to story hours with train or travel themes

Publishers Weekly

On an overnight train to see Grandma, a boy traveling with his father takes in the sights and sounds. It's a vintage subject, but Stutson and Tillotson mine it astutely. Small sensations and experiences are just as important here as big ones, as they so often are for children: mastering the art of carrying a water-filled paper cup down the rocking aisles receives the same weight as the thrill of speeding through countryside and town. Truncated verse suggests the motion of the train: "Back we go On rattling floors," Stutson writes after the boy has eaten in the dining car, "Car To car Through hissing doors." Her spare tone acts as counterpoint to the glowing lighting and dramatic angles of Tillotson's full-bleed pastels. One of the most telling scenes takes place in the dining car, where the boy is shown wondering at the presentation of an exotic, domed entrée e; the mirrored surface reflects the server's smiling face. This tribute offers evidence that, when it comes to the romance of train travel, a child's love is here to stay.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761326625
Publisher:
Roaring Brook Press
Publication date:
04/15/2002
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.76(w) x 10.32(h) x 0.41(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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