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I Like Trains

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Daisy Hirst’s charming ode to a toddler’s love of trains, featuring her sweet signature artwork

Whether sending toy animals on a journey around a model track or driving a cardboard-box locomotive, this little puppy really likes trains. All aboard! But best of all is riding a real train to visit someone special—and playing with more trains there! Simple yet evocative prose and pictures make this a delightful read for the youngest train enthusiasts.

32 pages, Hardcover

First published January 1, 2020

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Profile Image for Mary.
2,612 reviews11 followers
September 27, 2021
A delightful picture book about a young puppy who loves everything about trains: playing with a train set, making a train with boxes, reading books about trains, playing at a playground with a wooden train, and even riding a real train. Young train lovers will love this story about a kindred spirit.
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1,954 reviews108 followers
June 28, 2021
A happy little golden puppy loves nothing more than to play with his toy trains, whether his is giving his favorite animal stuffies a ride or driving his own cardboard boy train. He even loves to have books about trains read to him. But even better than toy trains is when his parents take him to the train station to ride on a real train. It's so exciting to sit by the window and watch as the train sets off. There are so many different things to see as they leave the city and ride through the countryside - houses, cars, hotels, factories, even boat on a river soon give way to fields, trees and farm animals. When they finally arrive at their stop, there's Grandma, waiting for them. This very happy golden puppy loves playing trains with his Grandma, and Grandma loves it, too. Here is a book perfect for your youngest readers, whether or not they are train enthusiasts. It is written in simple declarative sentences, with letter is bold black letters and with boldly colored illustrations as uncomplicated as the text. Don't get me wrong, simple only means it is perfect for your youngest readers who are just setting off on their reading journey. My young readers were very excited to be able to pick out the letters and some sight words they recognize from other books we've read. This book also generated some lively, always welcome conversations of trips taken with their families. My young readers gave I Like Trains a hearty 👍🏼
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2,081 reviews16 followers
May 4, 2021
In case you don’t have enough picture books about trains – and who does, really? – here is a fun addition. A puppy describes all the things they like about trains – playing with them, reading about them, pretending to be a conductor. But nothing compares with taking an actual train to visit Grandma. The puppy tells her all about their journey and together they go to a train-themed park.

With short descriptive sentences, this is a book where the art is at the forefront. Hirst’s screen-printed art uses (enlarged?) images of a cute pup and their family (all gender neutral except Grandma) in saturated colors and a naive style. Although there is less playfulness than Hirst’s other picture books (I loved Hilda and the Runaway Baby), there is a sweet, affectionate tone that respects the young pup’s obsession. With the large size of the images, this would be wonderful as a read aloud at story time.
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2,363 reviews31 followers
April 20, 2021
Daww, these happy little faces on the illustrated dogs are too cute. I'm sure many a patron or caregiver will see themselves/their child in this little pup who loves all things trains. Not so much a plotline as touching on all the different trains the puppy comes across in his life (toys, transport, playgrounds, books, etc)
September 16, 2021
“I Like Trains” is a very cute and simple story for very young readers. This would be a very fun book to read aloud to beginner readers because there are very cute pictures and a large font. Children are also very interested in trains, love seeing their grandparents, and love going on adventures. This story has all of that.
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288 reviews
July 1, 2021
Cute. Certainly cute. But lacking the real sparkle that I wanted from this book. Perfect for a kiddo who loves trains. Definitely for them. Cue for kiddos excited to visit Grandma. But I'm missing the draw to tell people about this.
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8,120 reviews12 followers
August 5, 2021
Simple story and simple illustrations. So many picture books these days have a message, and many of them have a HEAVY message. Thank you, Daisy Hirst, for writing a picture book to be what it should be...entertaining and fun for children.
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1,197 reviews9 followers
February 2, 2022
Short, declarative sentences and simple but engaging illustrations make this one great for sharing with a toddler audience. The young narrator explains how much they like trains, then shares their experience going on a real train to visit grandma.
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549 reviews1 follower
September 10, 2022
Lots to like about this one. Cute illustrations with a young dog sharing his love of everything trains. And, a delightful storyline where the child rides a train to visit his grandmother. Bold illustrations with enough story to capture the attention of the preschool storytime set.
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3,373 reviews313 followers
February 28, 2021
Simple text and cute illustrations show a young child who loves playing with trains and then gets to take a train to visit Grandma and play with trains some more! All aboard!
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394 reviews6 followers
March 27, 2021
Simple books about a dog's love of trains and going on a train with their parent to visit grandma. Didn't love the illustrations, watercolour vibes.
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6,551 reviews14 followers
April 26, 2021
A little pup loves trains and the places they take him both real and imaginary.
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156 reviews
December 15, 2021
Darling book about riding a train and playing trains. Great for a preschooler. Won't work for Suubi, they have no trains.
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205 reviews5 followers
March 1, 2022
Very cute simple book about a dog who loves to play with trains. Will be a perfect toddler story time book!
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