by Brian Floca


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The Caldecott Medal Winner, Sibert Honor Book, and New York Times bestseller Locomotive is a rich and detailed sensory exploration of America’s early railroads, from the creator of the stunning (Booklist) Moonshot.

It is the summer of 1869, and trains, crews, and family are traveling together, riding America’s brand-new transcontinental railroad. These pages come alive with the details of the trip and the sounds, speed, and strength of the mighty locomotives; the work that keeps them moving; and the thrill of travel from plains to mountain to ocean.

Come hear the hiss of the steam, feel the heat of the engine, watch the landscape race by. Come ride the rails, come cross the young country!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416994152
Publisher: Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books
Publication date: 09/03/2013
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 49,497
Product dimensions: 11.90(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: 640L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 10 Years

About the Author

Brian Floca is the author and illustrator of Locomotive, winner of the 2013 Caldecott Medal; Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11, a Robert F. Sibert Honor Book and a New York Times Best Illustrated Book; Lightship, also a Sibert Honor Book; and Racecar Alphabet, an ALA Notable Children’s Book. He has illustrated Avi’s Poppy Stories, Kate Messner’s Marty McGuire novels, and Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan’s Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring, a Sibert Honor Book and winner of the Orbis Pictus Award. You can visit him online at BrianFloca.com.

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Locomotive 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
R_Hernandez More than 1 year ago
This book is not meant to be read on a digital device.  It's artwork and poetic verse cannot appreciated on a computer screen.  There are plenty of books to fluff your gigs with.  This book is not one of them.  Floca brilliantly combines art and history to Locomotive.  THANK YOU FLOCA!  
psycheKK More than 1 year ago
After Monday, January 27, 2013, I probably don't have to explain why I would buy this book.  (Congratulations, Brian), but I will tell you why I like this book and why we own it in its pre- shiny sticker state. Trains and books are big at our house; so big, in fact, that when I first found out I was pregnant with my son, I bought books and my husband bought train sets -- the gender of the child was irrelevant. Locomotive is an exquisitely illustrated book about... wait for it... trains.  It is also a beautifully written story about history.  Anyone remotely interested in trains, history, and beautiful books should own a copy of this book. In a year packed with notable and truly excellent children's books, it is not surprisingly that this book rose to the top. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book worked great on our nook and my son loved it. The narrators voice was pleasant and the entonation and inflections made it easy for my son to follow
Revbobmac More than 1 year ago
This book is great from almost every perspective -- the story, the illustrations, the history, and a new take on the old cross-country rail saga. So glad we found it, It made a great gift for our grandson.
Gardenseed More than 1 year ago
This is a fascinating book to pore over for any age. There is much information on the endpapers and last pages. Buy it for yourself and enjoy! 
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Interesting layout and story.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not spported on iPad or simple nook! Worthless if you can't actually read it! Waste of money!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Warning. Nook for iPad says it is not supported on this device. That should be prominently stated so one knows before buying.