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Floca took readers to the moon with the Apollomission in Moonshotnow he takes them across the country on an equally historic journey ofyears earlier In a collegial direct address, he invites readers to join a familymother, daughter and sonon one of the first passenger trips from Omaha to Sacramento after the meeting of the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific in MayWith encyclopedic enthusiasm, Floca visually documents the trip, vignettes illustrating the trains equipment as well as such must know details as toilet and sleeping conditions Full and double page spreads take advantage of the books unusually large trim for breathtaking long shots of the American landscape and thrilling perspectives of the muscular engine itself Unjustly undersung as a writer, Floca soars with his free verse narrative, exploiting alliteration, assonance and internal rhyme to reinforce the rhythms of the journey Frequent variations in font and type HUFF HUFF HUFF is spelled out in ornate, antique letters further boost the excitement Front endpapers provide detail on the building of the transcontinental railroad back endpapers show the steam engine in cross section, explaining exactly how coal and water made it go Nothing short of spectacular, just like the journey it describes Kirkus Reviews, April STARRED REVIEW Floca follows up the acclaimed Moonshot The Flight of Apollo with this ebullient, breathtaking look at a familysjourney from Omaha to Sacramento via the newly completed Transcontinental Railroad Its impossible to turn a page without learning somethingmultiple wow momentswill knock readers from their chairs Fantastic opening and closing notes make this the book for young train enthusiasts Booklist, July STARRED REVIEW It all started with a new road of rails made for people to ride where covered wagons used to crawl Almostyears agojust after the Civil Warthe completion of the transcontinental railway radically changed both this countrys landscape and the opportunities of its people The book traces the advent of cross country train travel, focusing on an early trip from Omaha to Sacramento As in Moonshotand Lightship , both S S , Floca proves himself masterful with words, art, and ideas The books large format offers space for a robust story in a hefty package of informationthe travelogue scheme will read aloud nicely and also offers absorbing details for leisurely personal reading Substantial introductory and concluding sections serve older readers Theres also a detailed explanation of the authors efforts and sources in exploring his subject Train buffs and history fans of many ages will find much to savor in this gorgeously rendered and intelligent effort School Library Journal, July , STARRED REVIEW In , not long after the golden spike is driven into the rails at Promontory Summit, a mother and her two children climb aboard the Transcontinental Railroad, leaving behind their old life in Omaha for a new one in California, where Papa awaits Floca Moonshot chronicles their journey from multiple perspectives documentarian, poet, historian, tour guide, and irrepressible railroad geek With the rhythmic, verselike text thats become his signature expressive typography and handsome, detailed watercolor, ink, and gouache paintings, he celebrates the majestic the passing western landscape , the marvelous the engineering and sheer manpower required to keep the engine safely on its course , and the mundane, from the primitiveness of the toilets to the iffiness of depot food If the chicken tastes like prairie dog, dont ask why Its a magisterial work even the endpapers command close reading , but always approachable in its artistry and erudition And readers will come away understanding that the railroad wasnt just about getting a group of passengers from Point A to Point B it carried an entire nation into a new,rapid world Publishers Weekly, July STARRED REVIEW Talk about a youth librarians dream come true a big new book about those ever popular trains from a bona fide picture book nonfiction all star Striking cinematic endpapers lay the groundwork, describing the creation of the Transcontinental Railroad in the s Then, in a sort of historical fiction meets travelogue narrative, Floca zeroes in on one familys journey from Omaha to San Francisco Floca excels at juxtaposing sweeping panoramas with intimate, slice of life moments here a widescreen shot of the train chugging across the Great Plains later a vignette at a dollar for dinner hash house If the chicken tastes like prairie dog, dont ask why, cautions the narrator Varied font sizes and styles on the large pages beautifully capture the onomatopoeia Hisssssssss huff huff huff chug chug chug chug chug chug of the train and the feel of the Old West One spread finds the train precariously crossing a trestle The train is so heavy, the bridge is so narrow, and rickety rickety rickety the concluding ricketys are displayed in an appropriately jarring shadowed font alongside a picture of passengers shakingand prayingin their seats Luckily, our family makes it safely to its destination the countrys far corners have been pulled togetherthanks to the locomotive An authors note and thorough discussion of the sources used are included, and dont miss the back endpapersthe steam power diagram would make David Macaulay proud Horn Book STARRED REVIEWThe Caldecott Medal Winner, Sibert Honor Book, and New York Times bestseller Locomotive is a rich and detailed sensory exploration of Americas early railroads, from the creator of the stunning Booklist MoonshotIt is the summer of , and trains, crews, and family are traveling together, riding Americas brand new transcontinental railroad These pages come alive with descriptive details of the journey the sounds, speed, and strength of the mighty locomotives the work that keeps them moving and the thrill of travel from plains to mountain to ocean Come sit inside the caboose, feel the heat of the engine, watch the landscape race by Come ride the rails, come cross the young country