Brilliant, silly, and so much fun, I think I enjoy reading this to my five year old as much as he does. He asks for it nearly every night for bedtime. Who needs a pet dog when you can have a train? The story is clever, lyrical and paired perfectly with fantastic artwork. John Rocco is a favorite artist of mine. If you haven't checked out his Caldecott honor book, Blackout, it's most definitely worth it. Take a minute to read How to Train a Trainand share it with your favorite little person, girl or boy--you're sure to evoke an "AGAIN!" just like I did.— From Patti H.
Juxtaposing sensible tips with the absurdity of a huge pet locomotive creates a text that is at once believable and preposterous. ... But what really makes this concept roar down the track are the entrancing digitally colored illustrations that perfectly capture the expressiveness and playfulness of the pet trains. ... [T]his book is sure to be popular with train and pet lovers alike.
—School Library Journal (starred review)
Train and pet enthusiasts alike will delight in this rollicking story about selecting, naming, soothing and caring for a full-sized locomotive. ... With believable expressiveness in the characterizations of the trains and a scale perfect for groups, this affectionate sendup communicates all the exasperation, responsibility and rewards of having a pet.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Eaton’s tongue-in-cheek—and eminently enjoyable text—is matched by Rocco’s smooth and sleek artwork laced with whimsy.
—Booklist (starred review)
An immersive experience for junior rail fans.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Eaton's fanciful, funny text is perfectly accompanied by John Rocco's energetic illustrations. ... This book is sure to be a huge hit with young railroad enthusiasts everywhere.
The conversational text is exploded by John Rocco’s zany, digitally colored illustrations. Learn about how these mysterious beasts travel (freights move in herds, monorails alone) and what you need to trap them (big nets are good, quicksand works, but smoke signals are best). Eaton even explains how to soothe a jumpy engine: "Few trains can resist a read-aloud." Few kids, either -- especially when the subject is trains and the words go "Rocka-rocka, clickety-clack" down the track.
—The Washington Post
I saved my favorite for last. 'How to Train a Train' is exactly that: a guidebook that teaches children how to capture and tame wild trains. ... Jason Carter Eaton's deadpan prose is calibrated just-so. He wisely leaves the abundant belly laughs to John Rocco's paintings, which have their own zany style...
—The New York Times Book Review