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Snakes on a Train
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<p>An adorable picture book full of sibilant sounds and other word play, Snakes on a Train is as fun for parents as it is for kids, and sure to be a read-aloud hit.</p> <p> The conductor takes the tickets <br> as the snakes start crawling on. <br> The tracks are checked, <br> the whistle blows. It's time to move along. <br> Hissssssssssss goes the sound of the train. </p>
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The title of this delightful panoply of sounds, shapes, and train-riding snakes riffs on the comically horrifying movie Snakes on a Plane, but happily this book is just comic and sneakily educational. The colorful, Richard Scarry-like snakes have perfectly round eyes in oval heads on top of rectangular or zigzag bodies. They slither into seats on a boxy red train, which pulls out of the station with a satisfying hissss. Train-crazy kids will get a kick out of seeing serpents guide the train's journey, from the switcher snake that gets the locomotive on the right track to the brakesnake that brings things to a necessary halt. The snakes, seen in profile on the train, are adorable as they play cards, read books, and stick their pink tongues out to lick ice-cream cones. At book's end, the train rests with a sssh for the night, the snakes curl up and sleep, and the stars form a lovely S. The one-dimensional illustrations look like cutouts and showcase shapes throughout. Silly, sibilant, and smart.--Connie Fletcher Copyright 2018 Booklist
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