Night Train, Night Train

illus. by Wendell Minor. 32p. Charlesbridge. Oct. 2018. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781580897174.
PreS-Gr 1—A young boy happily travels alone through the night on a steam locomotive in the early to mid 1900s. He is excited by all that he sees, hears, and feels—the black sky filled with white stars, the clanging and dinging of wheels and bells, and the speed of the fast-moving train. There is much to stimulate the senses, and the trip is full of wonder and delight. This rhyming picture book for young children is soothing and cadenced. The lyrical stanzas are short and succinct and printed in a large bold font that accentuates color words. The illustrations, done in graphite with colorful accents added digitally, perfectly set the mood for the midnight journey. The warm colors of the sunrise will envelop readers. Young children who are fascinated with trains will absolutely love this book and ask to read it again and again. The illustrator's brief note about the Dreyfuss Hudson locomotive at the end is a perfect finishing touch.
VERDICT A dreamy, lyrical picture book for young train enthusiasts.

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