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ALL ABOARD THE DINOTRAIN by Deb Lund

ALL ABOARD THE DINOTRAIN

By Deb Lund (Author) , Howard Fine (Illustrator)

Age Range: 3 - 6

Pub Date: April 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-15-205237-2
Publisher: Harcourt

In this hilarious new brouhaha, the prehistoric gang of Dinosailors (2003) return as train hoppers. Readers meet the crew on the endpapers before they set off: “The dinoboiler builds up steam. / Soon pistons pump a rhythmic theme.” The locomotive begins teetering under the weight of the enthusiastic giants, so with a nod to The Little Engine that Could, “ ‘We think we can!’ ” they dinosay.” The glorious paintings show off the dinosaurs in candy colors, some in their scaly hides, others sporting hats or coveralls. They travel through majestic mountains and vast plains. They reach dizzying heights, take swooping plunges and whiz through dark tunnels. But glee turns to fright as the adventurers spy the collapsed bridge ahead and discover the brakes are kaput. As they catapult off the edge and into the river, they decide that next time they will take to the friendly skies. Tails over scales better than John Steven Gurney’s Dinosaur Train (2002), this is an ingenious combination of heart-thumping fun, romping dinosaurs and thrumming trains. This dinobook is definitely on the right track. (Picture book. 3-6)