|Night train, night train|
Author: Burleigh, Robert
Told in rhyming text, a train speeds through the night, revealing the sights and colors along the way to its young and sleepy riders.
Kirkus Reviews (08/15/18)
School Library Journal (10/01/18)
The Hornbook (00/11/18)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 10/01/2018 PreS-Gr 1—A young boy happily travels alone through the night on a steam locomotive in the early to mid 1900s. He is excited by all that he sees, hears, and feels—the black sky filled with white stars, the clanging and dinging of wheels and bells, and the speed of the fast-moving train. There is much to stimulate the senses, and the trip is full of wonder and delight. This rhyming picture book for young children is soothing and cadenced. The lyrical stanzas are short and succinct and printed in a large bold font that accentuates color words. The illustrations, done in graphite with colorful accents added digitally, perfectly set the mood for the midnight journey. The warm colors of the sunrise will envelop readers. Young children who are fascinated with trains will absolutely love this book and ask to read it again and again. The illustrator's brief note about the Dreyfuss Hudson locomotive at the end is a perfect finishing touch. VERDICT A dreamy, lyrical picture book for young train enthusiasts.—Amy Shepherd, St. Anne's Episcopal School, Middleton, DE - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 10/01/2018 A young boy clutching his teddy bear hops aboard the “Night-train, night-train, hold-on-tight train” to ride a train snaking into the darkness of the countryside. He watches the colors as they pass by: red for the stoplights and switches, blue for a window, white for a star, yellow for the moon, and orange for sparks. Rhyming text announces the “into-morning-bright train” as the last two wordless double-page spreads show the colorful city and a happy welcome from Mom. The realistic illustrations highlight the award-winning Minor’s ability as he depicts the black night morphing into gray and then dawn and bright sunlight. A footnote explains his desire to depict accurately the Dreyfuss Hudson locomotive, the last of a generation of steam engines of the 1930s and ’40s. The soft pencil drawings complement the poetic writing as the passing sights blur with the rapid train: “Can’t stop. Can’t stay. Night train, night train, wish-I-might train.” It’s a perfect story for all train-lovers and a nostalgic nod to those who love the magic of the rails. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.