Friday, May 13, 2016

Trainbots by Miranda Paul reviewed for Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

  I had to be MIA for a few Fridays and have two posts today to catch up a bit. Scroll up (or down, depending on which you started on!) to be sure you don't miss anything.

  Do kids love trains? Yes.

  Do kids love robots? Yup.

  Put them together and what do you get?  Trainbots!   

Title: Trainbots                      

Author: Miranda Paul
Illustrator: Shane McG
Publisher: Little Bee Books, coming June 7, 2016
Intended Ages: 4-8
Themes: Trains, Adventure, Robots
Synopsis:   Good and evil square off with a toy delivery at stake. The trainbots have to work together when Badbots try to stop a delivery of toybots on their way for children to play with.
Opening line(s): "Trainbots drawing, sawing, building. 
                           Hammer, clamor, lots of gilding."
What I like about this book: Good rhyme is hard to do! Read the opening lines out loud. Hear the chugga-chugga rhythm? Ms. Paul maintains the quick pace throughout, varying rhythm enough to keep it from becoming sing-songy. The story reminds me of a fantasy version of The Little Engine that Could. No talking down to children here, the rich language will have train and bot lovers matching words and visuals in the illustrations.
   The spiky, angular badbots are larger than the trainbots, subtly reinforcing the message that little kids can work together and accomplish big things--bigger than the bad guys.
  My review copy was a pre-release F&G so I didn't see final art for the final several spreads, but I'm guessing there's going to be a market for cuddly toybots! 

  • For older readers- Make a list of all of the verbs in the story. Try to use each in a new sentence.
  • Would you want a toybot? Why or why not? What else could the train bring? Ride a local train--what do you see (Trainbots?!).
  • Reading builds up an appetitie. Mommy Moment's blog wants kids to eat their veggies--off the veggie train.  And has a savory twist using crackers and cheese.
Trainbots is available for pre-order. 

This review is part of PPBF (Perfect Picture Book Friday) where bloggers share great picture books. Organized and curated by author Susanna Leonard Hill, she keeps an ever-growing list of Perfect Picture Books. #PPBF

Note: My review is based on a Folded and Gathered review copy received from the author in exchange for my honest review. No other compensation was received.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


  1. I came across this book recently and fell in love with it. The rhymes are truly perfect. Thanks for including a list of resources and activities!

    1. Thanks, Leslie. It takes me a while to brainstorm and I always hope that the activities resonate.

  2. I didn't realize Miranda has a new book coming out. This is a very different book for her -- but one with a wonderful message that "little kids can work together and accomplish big things." Excellent review. Can't wait to read it.

    1. You're right, Pat. Miranda is taking over the pure storybook fiction shelves now! Watch out, world. :)

  3. Still haven't seen this yet, but have to confess am somewhat in awe of Miranda's versatility as a writer! Oy!

  4. Looks like an imaginative book. Looking forward to it coming out.

    1. Since it comes out in summer, people may miss it (drat those vacations) which is why I posted early.

  5. Sounds intriguing. I haven't heard of this author before so it will be fun to check out.

    1. Ooh, you're in for a treat, Barbara. "Water is Water" and "Whose Hands are These" by this author should be on your library shelves already.

  6. yes, yes, yes! This one is on my TBR list!