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Dinosaur Train: 03/12/10

Most of the time when I'm in the picture book and early readers section of the children's library, I am looking for books for my children. Sometimes though a book catches my attention. Dinosaur Train by Steven Gurney is one of those books.

Two years ago I read "Bread and Circus" by Steven Popkes. The plot centers on a coach of a dinosaur soccer team who travel to their venues on a train.

As it turns out Dinosaur Train has fantastic illustrations that bring to life the night time adventure of a boy, Jesse, who loves trains and dinosaurs. His two passions come together as a train pulls up outside his bedroom window. The dinosaurs invite him on board for a ride.

Harriet loved the book. She's a bit of a train fanatic so she had fun seeing Jesse ride with the dinosaurs big and small. It was nice that the appearance of the dinosaurs wasn't explained at the end, leaving it open for the chance of magic.

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Comment #1: Friday, March, 12, 2010 at 20:06:34


Is this where the idea for the Dinosaur Train tv show on PBS came from? My kids love that show. I'll have to see if my library has this book.

Comment #2: Sunday, March 14, 2010 at 19:04:00


As far as I can tell, the two are completely unrelated. Dinosaur trains just seem to be popular story devices right now. I've read two adult fantasy stories involving them, plus the book I just reviewed. I think the PBS show is just another instance of dinosaurs and trains seemling like a fun combo.

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