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|Snakes on a train|
Author: Dennis, Kathryn
Snakes slither and hiss on their train ride.
School Library Journal (08/16/19)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/01/19)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 12/15/2018 The title of this delightful panoply of sounds, shapes, and train-riding snakes riffs on the comically horrifying movie Snakes on a Plane, but happily this book is just comic—and sneakily educational. The colorful, Richard Scarry–like snakes have perfectly round eyes in oval heads on top of rectangular or zigzag bodies. They slither into seats on a boxy red train, which pulls out of the station with a satisfying hissss. Train-crazy kids will get a kick out of seeing serpents guide the train’s journey, from the switcher snake that gets the locomotive on the right track to the “brakesnake” that brings things to a necessary halt. The snakes, seen in profile on the train, are adorable as they play cards, read books, and stick their pink tongues out to lick ice-cream cones. At book’s end, the train rests with a sssh for the night, the snakes curl up and sleep, and the stars form a lovely S. The one-dimensional illustrations look like cutouts and showcase shapes throughout. Silly, sibilant, and smart. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 08/16/2019 PreS-K-Debut author Dennis parodies the suspense film Snakes on a Plane in title only. The adorable snakes on this train are anything but stealthy and terrifying. Flat, wormlike snakes with googly eyes embody bold colors on a white background. Geometric shapes abound in every object and lend an overall impression of sturdiness. Anxious eyes comically peer through a black window as the train passes through a tunnel. Rhyming couplets incorporate a broad but appropriate vocabulary: conductor, switcher, flagger, brake snake. Kids will enjoy echoing the refrain: "Hissssssssssssssss goes the sound of the train." The minimalist layout makes this a good choice for very young readers. Deceptively simple, this book covers a lot of ground. A light and breezy read-aloud introduces shapes, onomatopoeia, rhyming, repetition, sequencing, movement, and direction. VERDICT A cute, concise, and versatile choice for all toddler and early preschool collections.-Richelle Rose, Kenton County Public Library, KY - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.