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Little Train (Igloo Books Ltd Busy Day Board Book) Board book – 1 Oct 2009


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  • Board book: 8 pages
  • Publisher: Igloo Books Ltd (1 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184817036X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848170360
  • Product Dimensions: 20.5 x 3 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 138,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tim TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 5 Oct 2012
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This is a fun and colourful book with the very exciting novelty (at least to the minds of my 21-month old twins and their dad) of a wind-up steam engine which runs round a fold-out track. The idea is simple but wonderful! The wind-up engine has enough "steam" to get round about one-and-a-half laps; however, it invariably skips out of its groove at the lower of the two junctions, so has never actually completed a full lap. This design flaw is a shame, but doesn't overly detract from the book.

The story on the pages of the book proper doesn't get much of a look in with my children: it's all about the wind-up toy at present, but that might change in time. The story is a little bit simplistic, but the vibrant illustrations more than make up for this. If I were being pedantic for a moment, I might point out that: it's a book about an engine, not a train; the story mentions horses, but the pictures show cows; "waggons" is traditionally spelled with two g's in the UK; one of the three track-side houses is filled with clouds where it should have a door and windows (a computer graphics error, I presume); and the passengers who got "on" at the station would no doubt be rather annoyed to find themselves being taken to a goods depot!

But these minor niggles aside, it's a great fun book that I would recommend for a bit of a change. Just don't expect to get round to reading the story for a while, when there's a wind-up engine to play with first!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Chris Hall TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Aug 2012
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The Igloo Books 'Little Train' book is part of a series of five interactive wind-up toy books aimed at toddlers of around the 3+ age range.

The hard-backed book is a good size at 21cm by 21cm, with good sturdy 5mm thick pages. The book contains seven full-colour pages telling a short cheerful story about the Little Train. Alongside this quick story is the wind-up toy track that folds-out from four sections. Once flat, the small wind-up 'Little Train' can wiz around the track during or after you have read the story to your little 'uns.

The train is kept on its track by a small wheel located on the underside of the toy, which simply guides the little train around the track. As you can see from the included video, you really need to ensure that the track is firmly pressed down and the four sections running flush with each other to allow the train to whizz around without becoming caught on the section edges.

We've had the book for just two days now and out two little ones (twins aged two-and-a-half) absolutely love the book. It's a quick and simple story that you can read to them before they watch the train whizz around the track, which never fails to bring out an eruption of joyful laughter from them both.

After use, the train is simply stored away in its little clear plastic housing (which is itself attached to the track).

The only downside to the book is that the 3cm wide spine is reasonably flimsy for a book of this weight. I can easily imagine that this spine will become weakened and eventually rip over time - especially when being handled (and possibly fought over) by a couple of very excitable toddlers.

However, all in all we still absolutely love the book!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Wilson TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Aug 2012
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I love this board book and so does my son, he loves me reading him the short story and watching the wind up train wizz around the built in track. The book is a board book, so made of thick card and hopefully nice and durable as I think it's going to get a lot of use! The main story is nice and short so as not to become boring for your little one and the illustrations are beautifully drawn and with nice vivid and bright colours to grab their attention. What I did like is that the story which is in the left hand side of the book has the same story (but in shorter sections) correlating on the track pages with illustrations to match the main story such as the little train chugging past the sheep and cows. The little toy wind up train has a well thought of plastic section attached to the book with a clear plastic lid to keep the train attached to the book and safe from getting lost.
A lovely well thought out book which is nice to read and fun to play with the little toy train on the attached track. There are four other similar books to this one in the set; Little Fire Engine, Little Racing Car, Little Tractor and Santa's Busy Christmas which I can see us purchasing in the near future. Also this would make a nice little gift for a child.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam Tyler on 7 Nov 2012
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Every child loves a train from the very first time they hear the opening bars of `Thomas the Tank Engine'. Although no Thomas, `Little Train' is a great toy and book for any child enamoured with steam engineering. This is no ordinary book, in that it is an ordinary book that also has an added train track that can be used with the included windup train. The aim of the book/toy is to read the story whilst following the track around, each area is represented on the fold out map.

As a story the book is a little dry, Little Train gets into several seemingly random encounters with no narrative thread. However, this can be forgiven as the addition of the windup toy is great; a powerful one two of story and toy gives you double the chance to actually keep your child's attention. As a book, the card is robust and will take a battering, this can also be said of the fold out map, the ridges are deep enough to hold the train and the entire thing should stay in one piece. The little train itself is a little more delicate and would not suit smaller kids as they will pop it into their mouth faster than you can say, `Once Upon a Time'.

As just a toy, or just a book, `Little Train' would have been severely lacking, neither of these two areas are particularly impressive. Combine them and you have something that is greater than its parts - a book that can be played along with to great effect. A more interesting story would have made this a must buy for children who love trains, as it is - `Little Train' is good, but just runs out of puff.
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