Trains and trucks that go

All aboard for some board books that transport loving toddlers will covet!

Illustrator Steve Light has created the most perfect books about trains and trucks – they have a fabulous, large picture on each page and a lot of noise (well, your toddler can make the noises but you can prompt them).

Trains Go gets down to the nitty-gritty of different engine sounds – the whoooooooosh of a speeding train, the clickity-clack of the caboose and the distinct sounds of a mountain train, a steam train, a diesel train and more. I must say that when my sons were in their hardcore ‘engine’ phase, they wouldn’t have let this gorgeous book out of their sight.

The illustrations are really quite lovely, with a minimal but effective colour palette and a slightly retro style. The extra large rectangular format of the board book emphasises the length of the trains and shows off the onomatopoeia perfectly.

If your little transport lover is all about trucks over trains, Light’s earlier publication, Trucks Go, should fit the bill. Described as “perfect for the young construction and emergency vehicle enthusiast” (isn’t that sweet?! And we know there are a lot of enthusiasts out there!), Trucks Go includes a garbage truck, a fire engine, an excavator and more.

I particularly like the attention Light has paid to capturing the distinct sounds these vehicles make – listen carefully and hear the garbage truck go brrrrrrrr screetch beep-beep-beep crunch crunch crunch.

Trains Go and Trucks Go are both available from Book Depository. Both are suitable for children aged one year and over.

Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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