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William and the Night Train

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  46 ratings  ·  8 reviews
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Tonight everyone's riding the night train -- mothers and fathers, teachers and jugglers -- they're all sleepyheads, ready for bed, ready to ride the train to Tomorrow. Everyone, that is, except wide-awake William, who is too excited to sleep. William can't resist exploring the train from end to end, discovering its secrets, until his mother convinces him that th
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 21st 2001 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (first published November 16th 2000)
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A whimsical bedtime story of a night train. Love Alison Jay's illustrations--her style is one of my favorites. The pictures extend the textual narrative and fill in gaps--giving reader more information than what is on the written page.
SOMEONE WRITE A GOOD TRAIN BOOK! My son liked this and requested it repeated times, but I thought it was BORING. How many times do we have to have the SAME IDEA in kid's train books. NOTE TO CHILDREN'S AUTHOR'S: the imagined train ride and the train ride to dreamland have both been done. Please, save us from the monotony and come up with something else!
While the illustrations were dream-like in their perspective and scale--and the story had moments of sweetness---as an example, "When she cuddles him close, he can hear her heart and a soft, sudden whoosh as the night train starts.", I was overall underwhelmed.
Rheta Thola
It is a fun take on combining a "train book" with a "bedtime book". The only thing that seemed to not really resonate were the illustrations. Not very interesting for a toddler even though she loves trains.
I picked this one up for my train-loving son. While, I loved the whimsical illustrations and writing style, he quickly grew bored with it. Perhaps we've just read too many 'train to dreamland' type books.
An immediate favorite and practically impossible to find a good copy used (for less than $50!)
Feb 18, 2009 Sarah rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Both kids really enjoyed this book!
Whimsical fun!
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