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Jason Carter Eaton is the author of the picture book The Day My Runny Nose Ran Away and the YA novel The Facttracker. He has written for such diverse venues as McSweeney’s, Cartoon Network, MGM, and BBC Radio and has done extensive work at 20th Century Fox animation, Blue Sky Studios, where he received story credit for Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs. Jason Carter Eaton lives in Westchester, New York, with his wife, two kids, dog, cat, and pet steam engine.
HOW TO TRAIN A TRAIN
Candlewick Press – September 24, 2013
Everything you need to know about finding, keeping, and training your very own pet train.
Finding advice on caring for a dog, a cat, a fish, even a dinosaur is easy. But what if somebody’s taste in pets runs to the more mechanical kind? What about those who like cogs and gears more than feathers and fur? People who prefer the call of a train whistle to the squeal of a guinea pig? Or maybe dream of a smudge of soot on their cheek, not slobber? In this spectacularly illustrated picture book, kids who love locomotives (and what kid doesn’t?) will discover where trains live, what they like to eat, and the best train tricks around—everything it takes to lay the tracks for a long and happy friendship. All aboard!
Praise for HOW TO TRAIN A TRAIN
2013 ABC Best Books for Children Catalog Selection
“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)
“Juxtaposing sensible tips with the absurdity of a huge pet locomotive creates a text that is at once believable and preposterous…this book is sure to be popular with train and pet lovers alike.“—School Library Journal (starred review)