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Tuesday 2 April 2024

Review: Bluey: Trains

Excitement abounds with the arrival of the new Bluey illustrated chapter book series for young readers.

Within the wonderful, imaginative world of games that Bluey and her family play together, this is the first on a train.

Mum, Dad, Bluey, Bingo and Poppy create a cast of intriguing characters and share roles between themselves. This play sees them journey back and forth during a day on a train.  

It begins with Dr Glenda taking Poppy to Mother Duck Day Care on her daily way to work as a vet.

A series of unexpected happenings involve animals and agitated passengers. 

A cat unsupervised, feet up on a seat, and a great cranky bear are at the centre of it all.

 Conflict between the travellers is a constant, while cheeky pranks and incidents of heated conversations are the sauce on the pie.

Nine unusual, full of fun chapters spill over into a storyline true to the Heelers’ pattern of chain reactions that link one situation to another.

Raferty Amor’s fabulous black and white illustrations are full of life and energy. They reflect and complement the flowing dialogue.                                                       

This junior fiction series will thrill Bluey fans and expand to embrace new readers, for the language is geared towards an older age group.

Bluey: Trains will be followed by Bluey: Bus and Bluey: Taxi, all of which will be available in the first half of this year.

Title: Bluey: Trains
Author: Bluey
Illustrator: Raferty Amor
Publisher: Penguin, $14.99
Publication Date: 5 March 2024
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781761041105
For ages: 6+
Type: Junior Fiction