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Hero of the Rails
Wilbert Awdry
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Hero of the Rails (Thomas & Friends)

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All aboard for a brand-new Thomas direct-to-DVD movie!

All the fun, friendship, and adventure of Thomas’s new direct-to-DVD movie, Hero of the Rails, is captured in this handsome hardcover storybook.
ebook, 38 pages
Published March 16th 2011 by Golden Books (first published August 11th 2009)
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Dec 18, 2013 deborah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The Thomas characters and plotline are, as usual, not very nice at all, and so the challenge with this book is remembering my altered version from one reading to the next. (Good thing my son can't read yet.) And the images are rather predictable and don't hold up particularly well to close-looking. For example, one of the images of a girl is reused twice in the book - my observation; and Spencer is drawn on a track directly behind Thomas on one page and on a track next to him on the next - was t ...more
My son loves Thomas, and will happily sit through longer books that feature him. This is a lot wordier than I'd normally recommend for a fidgety boy under 2, but the illustrations are bright and colorful and my son sits through the entire thing.

As far as the story line goes, it's no great classic work of children's literature. But it's a nice story and Thomas himself is a great classic children's character. So it's worth a read :-).
A touch too long for my read loud tastes and I'm a bit annoyed that Awdry is still getting author credit for the series when this was not one of his original Thomas tales. However, this is a story any Thomas fan will love and the art is fantastic.
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Wilbert Vere Awdry, OBE, better known as the Rev. W. Awdry, was an English clergyman, railway enthusiast and children's author, and creator of Thomas the Tank Engine, who starred in Awdry's acclaimed Railway Series.

The characters that would make Awdry famous, and the first stories featuring them, were invented in 1943 to amuse his son Christopher during a bout of measles. The first book (The Three
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