Format: Picture Books
Dimensions: 48 Pages, 9.84 × 11.81 × 0.39 in
Published: September 24, 2013
Publisher: Candlewick Press
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0763663077
ISBN - 13: 9780763663070
From the Publisher
Everything you need to know about finding, keeping, and
training your very own pet train.
Finding advice on caring for a dog, a cat, a fish, even a dinosaur
is easy. But what if somebody's taste in pets runs to the more
mechanical kind? What about those who like cogs and gears more than
feathers and fur? People who prefer the call of a train whistle to
the squeal of a guinea pig? Or maybe dream of a smudge of soot on
their cheek, not slobber? In this spectacularly illustrated picture
book, kids who love locomotives (and what kid doesn't?) will
discover where trains live, what they like to eat, and the best
train tricks around-everything it takes to lay the tracks for a
long and happy friendship. All aboard!
About the Author
Jason Carter Eaton is the author of the picture book The Day My
Runny Nose Ran Away and the YA novel The Facttracker.
He has written for such diverse venues as McSweeney's, Cartoon
Network, MGM, and BBC Radio and has done extensive work at 20th
Century Fox animation, Blue Sky Studios, where he received story
credit for Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs. Jason Carter
Eaton lives in Westchester, New York, with his wife, two kids, dog,
cat, and pet steam engine.
John Rocco is the illustrator of The Flint Heart, a 2011
abridgment crafted by Katherine and John Paterson from the 1910
Eden Phillpotts fantasy. John Rocco's picture book
Blackout earned him a 2012 Caldecott Honor. His other
picture books include Fu Finds the Way, Wolf! Wolf!, and
Moonpowder. He is the jacket artist for Rick Riordan's
best-selling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, and
collaborated with Whoopi Goldberg on the picture book
Alice. He was previously creative director at Walt Disney
Imagineering and served as preproduction director at Dreamworks for
the film Shrek. John Rocco lives in Brooklyn.
Juxtaposing sensible tips with the absurdity of a huge pet locomotive creates a text that is at once believable and preposterous. ... But what really makes this concept roar down the track are the entrancing digitally colored illustrations that perfectly capture the expressiveness and playfulness of the pet trains. ... [T]his book is sure to be popular with train and pet lovers alike. —School Library Journal (starred review) Train and pet enthusiasts alike will delight in this rollicking story about selecting, naming, soothing and caring for a full-sized locomotive. ... With believable expressiveness in the characterizations of the trains and a scale perfect for groups, this affectionate sendup communicates all the exasperation, responsibility and rewards of having a pet. —Kirkus Reviews (starred review) Eaton’s tongue-in-cheek—and eminently enjoyable text—is matched by Rocco’s smooth and sleek artwork laced with whimsy. —Booklist (starred review) An immersive experience for junior rail fans. —Publishers Weekly (starred review) Eaton''s fanciful, funny text is perfectly accompanied by John Rocco''s energetic illustrations. ... This book is sure to be a huge hit with young railroad enthusiasts everywhere. —BookPage The conversational text is exploded by John Rocco’s zany, digitally colored illustrations. Learn about how these mysterious beasts travel (freights move in herds, monorails alone) and what you need to trap