How To Train A Train

Picture Books | September 24, 2013

byJason Carter EatonIllustratorJohn Rocco

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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!

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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 ...

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...

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Format:Picture BooksDimensions:48 pages, 12.1 × 10.13 × 0.38 inPublished:September 24, 2013Publisher:Candlewick PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0763663077

ISBN - 13:9780763663070

Customer Reviews of How To Train A Train

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Train Lovers book! My son is obsessed with trains and will read this every night if we let him. Its a cute guide book told in story form and it is perfect for anyone who loves trains. Great story. Wish there was many more train stories like this one. love it.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Book, Great Illustrations There was another reviewer who commented upon how good the book was but gave 3 stars because there's an illustration of a girl standing on a train track in order to catch a train. When I read the review I though it was a little over the top, however; after it becoming my 3 year olds favourite book, he's started to say that the way to catch a train is to stand on the track.... So book it great, illustrations are brilliant, but author could have found a safer "silly" way of catching a train, without risk of a child imitating.
Date published: 2016-09-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cute Cute book, by 3 year old is a fan. However, there is one picture that makes both myself and my husband uncomfortable - a little girl trying to catch a train by standing in front of it on the tracks! Not a problem really, but has required a few chats about how that is a truly terrible idea.
Date published: 2014-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from How to train a train I bought this book for my two boys, who are 3 and 6, and they love it. You definitely need an imagination for this fun book.
Date published: 2014-03-17

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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.—BookPageThe 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 them (big nets are good, quicksand works, but smoke signals are best). Eaton even explains how to soothe a jumpy engine: "Few trains can resist a read-aloud." Few kids, either -- especially when the subject is trains and the words go "Rocka-rocka, clickety-clack" down the track.—The Washington PostI saved my favorite for last. 'How to Train a Train' is exactly that: a guidebook that teaches children how to capture and tame wild trains. ... Jason Carter Eaton's deadpan prose is calibrated just-so. He wisely leaves the abundant belly laughs to John Rocco's paintings, which have their own zany style...—The New York Times Book Review