Jeremy Foster-Fell & Matthew Gauvin
Web Profile, Inc. Ltd. (Wolcott, Vermont)
40 pages, $12.99
A couple of months ago, I received a locally published children's book, The Caterpillar and the Express Train.
At first glance, story seems cute-if a bit long-for kids. From the site:
The Caterpillar and the Express Train is an illustrated story about a caterpillar (Sally) who unintentionally climbs into the hub of the Silver Bullet’s Express Train’s wheel.
The express steam engine is the fastest train on the East Coast of America and travels between Boston and Miami. The other trains nickname the Silver Bullet, “Bully”.
When the train’s loud whistle breaks, Sally saves the day by holding the broken wires together so that the train is saved from embarrassment, as he is now able to whistle in all the stations down to Miami. Sally changes his nick name from “Bully” to “Silly.
Sally and Silly become good friends and the train asks if the caterpillar will stay with him, we get the reply,
“Don’t be silly Silly,” Sally said. “I will stay with you for ever.”
But things don’t quite work out as planned.
The illustrations are innovative, however, they remind me a little of Thomas the Train on acid. I'm actually not sure what age group this book is aimed at, but my six year old seems to like it. Although, she probably won't be giving up Max & Ruby any time soon.
Despite all that was said above, I'm curious to see what else this duo has in store for the future.
Caterpillar and the Express Train site