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All Aboard the Dinotrain

3.61  ·  Rating Details  ·  324 Ratings  ·  54 Reviews
They stoke the boiler, stow the luggage, and when hills are steep, they even get out and push. That's right, the thrill-seeking daredevil dinosaurs from Dinosailors are back, and now they're riding a train. But this train is more like a roller coaster--up, down, and faster and faster, until the dinos realize the brakes are out!

Laughs and thrills abound in this rip-snortin
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published April 1st 2006 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Oct 18, 2011 babyhippoface rated it it was ok
This book made me feel like a crotchedy old person (I'm really not, I swear). I didn't like the message at all. I know, I know, board books about dinosaurs riding steam engines probably aren't supposed to have a message. You're right. But I found one there anyway, unintended or not, and it bugged me.

A group of various dinokiddos loads a train with cargo, shovel coal and stokes the flames, and sets off down the tracks for adventure. When the train has trouble climbing a steep hill, the dinosaurs
Anna Summers
All Aboard the Dinotrain is a book about dinosaurs who hop aboard a train for a wild, adventurous ride. The dinosaurs zip through the countryside; going through tunnels, over bridges, and climbing mountains. They encounter some difficulties along the way, but they make it back to their dinosaur families safe and sound. At the end of the book, the dinosaurs are planning their next adventure which looks to be on a dinoplane. The rhyming text provides a rhythm/beat that is similar to the sound a tr ...more
Jan 07, 2016 Kristen rated it it was ok
Shelves: kids-books, dinosaurs
Meh. I thought this book would be better than it was. My daughter enjoys dinosaurs, but this book really had no plot. Dinos just rode a train, it broke, and they had to come back all cramped together on a platform. There was no lesson and it didn't even have a cute story. Some of the pictures were funny, which is probably the only reason I didn't give this 1 star - I didn't hate it. But I didn't enjoy it. I had higher hopes for it. Perhaps the dino enthusiast will still enjoy it, but I just felt ...more
Jul 06, 2011 Amy rated it it was ok
Shelves: childrens, reviewed
I imagine there are probably a lot of little kids out there who would love this book. The pictures are bright and vivid, the dinosaurs are engagingly drawn (a brontosaurus in conductor garb!), and come on, it's dinosaurs *and* trains! What's not to love?!

But, we didn't love it, and I sort of feel bad about that, because I feel like we should have. My nephew had a lot of trouble interpreting what was going on in the story. At his age he does a lot of interpreting by looking at the pictures, and I
Sarah Sammis
Jun 03, 2010 Sarah Sammis rated it it was ok
Dinosaurs and trains... I don't know who first though of combining the two but now it seems impossible to escape stories involving the two. All Aboard the Dinotrain is yet another of these stories.

In All Aboard the Dinotrain, a group of dinosaurs decide to go for a train ride. Where they are going isn't really explained. Why the train doesn't fit them isn't either. It's too small for most of them. Why none of them seem to know how to drive it is another detail over looked.

My favorite combination
Dec 17, 2014 Lexi rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This is my favorite in the series that is one of my three year old son's favorite series. We read it at least once a week. Written by a local Puget Sound region author. Cool illustrations. Plus rhyme that has the right rhythm! Hallelujah. Why is that so hard to find?
Dec 27, 2015 Kadie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I must say we were disappointed. Dinosaurs and trains seemed like a sure bet, especially since there's a dinosaur train television show on pbs, but it just didn't have much going for it. The illustrations were the best part of this book by far!
Dec 20, 2014 Jill rated it it was ok
I didn't really care for this book too much. I thought it couldn't lose, having both dinosaurs and trains in it, but the story never really got interesting to me. A group of dinosaurs go on a train trip and crash the train.
Carmela Dutra
Dec 18, 2015 Carmela Dutra rated it it was amazing
Bought this book for my husband to read to our son and it's the perfect bedtime story any little boy or girl! Not only does have very fun illustrations, but it tells the story in a fun easy to follow rhyme.
Feb 18, 2015 Curteee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nanni and Heidi and chase and I read this book for bed tonight. Heidi and chase skipped town, but Nanni finished the book with me and says it was five stars. Everything was her favorite part she said.
Julie Hedlund
Jul 14, 2014 Julie Hedlund rated it it was amazing
My kids ADORE this series. Such great fun. A rhyming romp with lots of fun word play. Combining dinosaurs, transportation, silliness and lots of adventure, it's a hit on all counts!
Feb 04, 2016 Anne rated it liked it
This will hit the dinosaur and train lover's sweet spot. It's a little "dinoannoying" at times, but I think the intended audience won't "dinocare."
The Brothers
Jan 19, 2016 The Brothers rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dinosaurs, trains
Dinosaurs and trains - what could be more cool! But, could this rhyming train trip be on a course to disaster?

Great, great illustrations and a really fun story.
Jun 28, 2014 Ash rated it it was amazing
Adorable! I'm so happy I picked this one up for my 3 year old. The illustrations are so funny and cute and the story is fun to read.
Elizabeth K.
Jan 19, 2012 Elizabeth K. rated it liked it
Recommended to Elizabeth by: NYPL
Shelves: 2012-lucy
This one was a bit weird as far as board books go. Part of it is probably our fault, I think this is aimed at kids a little older than Lu. I like dinosaurs, and I like trains, but then James pointed out that it's odd that the dinosaurs are traveling around in a train that burns fossil fuels. Of course once you start thinking about that, you can't really stop. Also, if the dinosaurs have a train, why wouldn't they make it big enough to fit dinosaurs? It's amazing, really, how much time I have spe ...more
Oct 16, 2015 Alexis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-books
This is such a cute book; I love the drawings, rhyming and the dinowords.
Mar 28, 2016 Emily rated it did not like it
Shelves: children-s-lit
Great in concept but not in execution. Not a recommended read.
Sep 18, 2015 Anne rated it did not like it
I like dinosaurs. I like trains. I do not like this book.
May 07, 2014 Lee added it
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Apr 15, 2013 Nicole rated it liked it
Title reminded me of my goddaughter's beloved t.v. show, Dinosaur Trian. Love the illustrations of these colorful dinosaurs - great depictions of their size and they are drawn from interesting perspectives. I love that the dinosaurs ride on top of the trains instead of inside, as they will do as children's toys. The rhyming is a bit awkward at times and I dislike the making-up of various unnecessary dino- words like dinogroan, dinoduck, etc. instead of using the normal word, but a fun read never ...more
Dec 20, 2014 Danielle rated it it was ok
Dec 08, 2011 Laura rated it it was ok
I bet there are a lot of dinosaur obsessed kids that make their parents read this book to them night after night. And I feel sorry for their moms and dads. The rhymes are okay and the pictures are kind of fun. This is not a factual book and kids looking for actual information will want to skip this one. And dinos? On a train? It's a little too dinosilly for me.

Recommended for preschool and Kindergarten. A good selection for the public library.
Mar 08, 2010 Elsa rated it really liked it
My students loved this story! We actually chose it off a list on a tumblebooks website which read it to them. They saw the picture of the dinos aboard the train and said, "We want to hear that one!" They laughed at all the silliness of the dinos and their antics. Enough action to hold their attention with an easy-to-love cast of colorful characters.
Young dinosaurs are excited for a train ride. A dinotrain! The trains not moving real well, though. They all hop off and try to push it. It's really heavy. So they throw off all the cargo. Now the trains moving at a pretty good clip. But up ahead there's a gorge and no bridge! SPLASH! Oh, no! How will they get back?

A great romp for storytime!
Jan 31, 2016 Heather rated it it was ok
H liked this but I was less impressed particularly with all the Dino-words within the rhymes. They seemed very unnecessary but then the story is a bit over the top so why not go all out. I guess we'll keep this one for the occasions read until the love of trains fades.
there is not a real destination for the dino train, but the pictures are colorful and for a kid who loves dinosaurs it could be a great read
When dinosaurs seek adventure by taking a train ride, they find the trip has some unexpected surprises along the way.
May 11, 2012 Peacegal rated it it was ok
Cute illustrations with definite kid appeal...however, adults who find themselves reading this one allowed will likely be dino-annoyed by the author's excessive use of the word "dino" in front of virtually every verb and noun.
This isn't a great book. It's one of those that I think the publisher said "what do kids like? Oh, trains and dinosaurs. You in the corner, go and put something together would you?"

Your mileage may vary.
Feb 25, 2009 Kristen rated it liked it
Shelves: children
This is a fun read. And it combines two things kids love almost universally: dinosaurs and trains. When the dinos are dismayed because they thought their train trip would be "water-free," I laugh out loud.
Oct 08, 2010 Lauren rated it did not like it
Dinosaurs try to take a trip on a train. They come across many complications along the way (in a rhyming way) but end up turning around and coming home where they are happy. Then, they see a dino-plane....
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