Friday, September 29, 2017

Board book: All Aboard!

All Aboard!: Let's Ride a Train. 2017. Harry N. Abrams. 10 pages. [Source: Review copy]

First sentence: The train is so crowded! How many people are wearing hats? Looks like someone lost theirs. Let's go through the train and find it. The quiet car is too quiet. Can you find something that crunches? Something that rings? What else do you see that makes lots of noise?

Premise/plot: All Aboard! Let's Ride a Train is a train-themed board book. There have been many, many train-themed board books. What makes this one unique? Well, this one is interactive. The train folds out. Flaps are lifted to reveal the story and the illustrations. As you will notice from what I quoted above, this one asks a lot of questions giving the reader and the child an opportunity to share an experience together, to dialogue about everything that is happening. The other side of the train tells a simple story as well. But it's not as detailed.

My thoughts: I like the fact that this one is interactive. I like that the illustrations--especially the interior illustrations of the train are so detailed. Some of the details are quite silly. I also like the windows allow for a peek-through experience. Before the flap is even lifted, the fun can begin.

© 2017 Becky Laney of Young Readers

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