Trains: A Pop-Up Railroad Book

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3-D master Robert Crowther is right on track with an information-packed, interactive celebration of trains then and now.

Have you ever wondered how a steam engine works? Do you have a hankering to don an engineer's cap and race a locomotive under tunnels and over bridges? Loaded with flaps, pull-tabs, 3-D trains, and a spectacular pop-up model of a bustling railroad station, Robert Crowther's sturdy exploration of trains and how they work is a tour de force of paper engineering ...

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Overview

3-D master Robert Crowther is right on track with an information-packed, interactive celebration of trains then and now.

Have you ever wondered how a steam engine works? Do you have a hankering to don an engineer's cap and race a locomotive under tunnels and over bridges? Loaded with flaps, pull-tabs, 3-D trains, and a spectacular pop-up model of a bustling railroad station, Robert Crowther's sturdy exploration of trains and how they work is a tour de force of paper engineering and a bonanza for railroad aficionados of all ages. What's more, it's filled to the brim with fun facts and intriguing information lurking behind, around, and even on top of its many marvelous, movable trains.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Train lovers will not want to miss Robert Crowther's latest 3-D creation, Trains: A Pop-Up Railroad Book. A brief history of locomotives features flaps to lift that reveal cutaway views; there's a spread of the fastest, longest and highest cars on the rails; and the piece de resistance is a pop-up spread of a railway station, with trains that arrive and depart with the pull of a tab. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Eleanor Heldrich
Trains manages to purvey a large amount of information along with the fun and excitement of a pop-up discovery trip of rail transportation. This book makes it clear that, while railroad passenger travel may not be what it once was in the United States, it has a long and distinguished history of engineering not only in the building of the trains but also roadways, bridges, tunnels, and monorails to keep cargo and passengers moving. First pulled by horses, trains were then moved by steam, coal, followed by diesel fuel and, finally, electricity. The book begins in the sixteenth century and brings train travel up to the twenty-first century with the Japanese Maglev, which can travel up to 360 miles per hour levitating by magnets along a track. It also follows the development of passenger trains, describes record-breaking trains, discusses railroading challenges, and finishes with a pop-up multi-level train station. Author, illustrator, and paper engineer Robert Crowther wisely designed this 9" by 11½" book to open from bottom to top rather than side to side, allowing the trains to run the long way across the pages.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-With pop-up effects that, appropriately enough, tend to be long, narrow, and placed in parallel tracks, this history of railroading opens with outside and inside views of a small steam locomotive and closes with a full-spread, double-tiered train station. In between, the book covers methods of propulsion, the development of passenger cars, speed and other records, tunnels, bridges, and other engineering feats. A mix of boldface titles and brief remarks, the text is printed both between and on or under moving parts-the latter adding another element of discovery for eager flap-lifters and tab-pullers. Crowther simplifies technological details in his neat, brightly colored collage illustrations, so this outing will draw a younger audience of trainiacs than the likes of Fiona Conboy's Ten Terrific Trains (Dutton, 1998).-John Peters, New York Public Library Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763630829
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 9/12/2006
  • Edition description: POP-UP
  • Pages: 10
  • Sales rank: 139,717
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.33 (w) x 11.78 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Crowther discovered the wonders of 3-D illustration while still in art school and has since created numerous acclaimed pop-up books, including COLORS, OPPOSITES, SHAPES, and LET'S COOK! He lives in Norfolk, England.

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