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All Aboard the Dinotrain BRDBK REP Edition
Contributor(s): Lund, Deb, Fine, Howard (Illustrator)
ISBN: 054755415X     ISBN-13: 9780547554150
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Product Type: Hardcover - Other Formats
Published: June 2011
Annotation: After preparing the boiler and putting the luggage away, the super-sized dinosaurs are ready for their exciting train ride until unexpected twists and turns and a set of bad brakes make it even more memorable than they ever could have imagined!
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Board books.
Stories in rhyme.
Dinosaurs; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Creatures
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
- Juvenile Fiction | Transportation
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2012454911
Lexile Measure: 500
Academic/Grade Level: Toddlers, Ages 2-4
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 7.75" H x 7.50" W x 0.75" (0.96 lbs) 30 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2006 Fall)
It may be a bit dino-dependent on dino-words, but it's still a wild ride, combining two favorite preschooler themes: dinosaurs and trains. In this sequel to [cf2]Dinosailors[cf1], the dinos take on different jobs on a train, with their trip ending up in a lake. Fine's gouache and watercolor paintings add energy and zest. Copyright 2006 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2006 January #5)

This follow-up to Dinosailors follows the transportation-crazed reptiles as they work on and ride the rails. Once the dinocrew (wearing jaunty railroad caps) has loaded up the train with "Coal and lumber, oil and grain" and the prehistoric passengers have boarded (they ride atop the cars since they're far too big to fit inside), the train departs from its station on the plains and heads for the mountains. Fine renders his scenes of goofy, grinning and occasionally overall-wearing dinosaurs with a hilarious sense of skewed elegance--the painterly brushstrokes and luminous, almost romantic pastel hues make the pictures seem like natural history museum murals as imagined by a daft paleontologist. As in the first dino-tale, the journey soon devolves into a series of comic mishaps. At one point the scaly fellows get out to push the train (" 'We think we can!' they dinosay"), and they end up soaking wet and huddled together on a single handcar for the trip back home, swearing, "We'll never take another train..." However, they hint that their traveling days are not over ("But how about a dinoplane ?"). While not quite as rollicking an adventure as Dinosailors (or as gross), there's plenty of slapstick fun in these pages, and Lund shows no sign of exhausting her supply of dino-hybrid words (a "dinostoker" shovels coal while the train's engine "coughs and dinochugs") Whether youngsters are fans of trains, T-rexes or both, they'll find this outing dino-mite. Ages 3-7. (Apr.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2006 May)

PreS-Gr 2 -The adventurous reptiles from Dinosailors (Harcourt, 2003) are back, this time boarding a train-as foreshadowed in the ending of the previous adventure. The stage is set by the endpapers, which depict the "dinocrew": the Stegosaurus is the conductor, the T. rex is the porter, etc. Engineer Brachiosaurus is appropriately clad in striped overalls and denim cap. After loading the train, the dinosaurs are ready for action, yet a series of misadventures awaits. Too heavy, they "dinopush" and later jetty the "dinofreight." After happily soaring through a tunnel, they enjoy the "roller-coaster dinoride"-until they have a harrowing incident with a missing bridge, leaving them "dinoflying" into a lake. The crew returns home for hugs, vowing never to board a train again. The final pages show the creatures looking curiously at a plane…. Though there is perhaps an overabundance of "dinowords," children will delight in them. The rollicking, rhyming text is great for reading aloud. Fine's playful, colorful dinosaurs are remarkably expressive and full of child appeal. The large scale of the book and the dynamic, dramatic quality of the pictures make it well suited for storytime sharing. And with such subject matter-dinosaurs and trains-who could go too far wrong? Although similar to John Steven Gurney's Dinosaur Train (HarperCollins, 2002), this book will be welcome in many collections.-Robin L. Gibson, Granville Parent Cooperative Preschool, OH

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