Synopses & Reviews
They stoke the boiler, stow the luggage, and when hills are steep, they even get out and push. That's right, the thrill-seeking daredevil dinosaurs from Dinosailors
are back, and now they're riding a train. But this train is more like a roller coaster--up, down, and faster and faster, until the dinos realize the brakes are out!
Laughs and thrills abound in this rip-snorting tale of reckless reptiles and their runaway train.
"This follow-up to Dinosailors follows the transportation-crazed reptiles as they work on and ride the rails. Once the dinocrew (wearing jaunty railroad caps) has loaded up the train with 'Coal and lumber, oil and grain' and the prehistoric passengers have boarded (they ride atop the cars since they're far too big to fit inside), the train departs from its station on the plains and heads for the mountains. Fine renders his scenes of goofy, grinning and occasionally overall-wearing dinosaurs with a hilarious sense of skewed elegance the painterly brushstrokes and luminous, almost romantic pastel hues make the pictures seem like natural history museum murals as imagined by a daft paleontologist. As in the first dino-tale, the journey soon devolves into a series of comic mishaps. At one point the scaly fellows get out to push the train (' 'We think we can!' they dinosay'), and they end up soaking wet and huddled together on a single handcar for the trip back home, swearing, 'We'll never take another train...' However, they hint that their traveling days are not over ('But how about a dinoplane?'). While not quite as rollicking an adventure as Dinosailors (or as gross), there's plenty of slapstick fun in these pages, and Lund shows no sign of exhausting her supply of dino-hybrid words (a 'dinostoker' shovels coal while the train's engine 'coughs and dinochugs') Whether youngsters are fans of trains, T-rexes or both, they'll find this outing dino-mite. Ages 3-7." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"The rollicking, rhyming text is great for reading aloud. Fine's playful, colorful dinosaurs are remarkably expressive and full of child appeal....And with such subject matter as dinosaurs and trains who could go too far wrong?" - School Library Journal
They climb! They drop! These rail-riding dinos just can't stop!
The thrill-seeking, daredevil dinosaurs from "Dinosailors" are back, and this time they're riding a train that's more like a roller coaster in this new, rip-snorting tale of reckless reptiles. Full color.
About the Author
Deb Lund has written several picture books, including Monsters on Machines. She also rides a unicycle, teaches writing, and loves to visit schools. Deb lives in Greenbank, Washington.Howard Fine is the illustrator of many popular picture books. He lives with his family in White Plains, New York.