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Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Review: Trains: A Pop-Up Railway Book

If you have a young train enthusiast in your home, this amazing pop-up celebration of trains and railways is a must-have. With everything from lift-the-flap pages to movable monorails and engines, this book is a delight to read and is a very interactive experience for the reader.

The publisher recommends this book for children aged 3+, although some of the moveable parts in particular are quite intricate and require very careful handling which might be beyond such young readers. My six year old loves reading this book and is generally quite adept, but even he finds at times he needs a little assistance to get some parts to move properly.

Having said that, the book is ideal for young children who have an interest in trains beyond the stories of Thomas the Tank Engine and Chuggington. The book offers information about different types of locomotives and carriages, record breaking trains, the challenges of building railway lines in different geographic locations and general information about railway stations.

The book is quite brief and contains only basic information, however the very visual nature of the layout, with the wonderfully interactive pop-ups, means that it is likely to appeal to a younger audience less interested in reading numerous facts and figures.

This pop-up book is a firm favourite in our home and is regularly taken from the bookshelf to be explored and enjoyed.

- this review by Susan Whelan

Title: Trains: A Pop-Up Railway Book
Author/Illustrator: Robert Crowther 
Publisher: Walker Books, $29.95 RRP
Publication date: September 2006
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780744596564
For ages: 4+
Type: Pop-Up Picture Book

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