Barbara Lehman’s Trainstop follows a similar formula to her other wordless picture books, like Museum Trip or Rainstorm, showing how an ordinary day can become extraordinary through an accidental twist of fate. Booklist: “Panels in shifting sizes show a little girl boarding a train with her parents and gazing out the windows at a gray city. After the train enters a tunnel, and the windows darken, the girl’s imagination fills in the view. Suddenly, a summer meadow appears, the train makes a stop, and the girl disembarks into a crowd of Lilliputian folk, who lead her to a pint-size aviator lodged, along with his glider, in a small tree. The girl rescues the fellow and returns to the train, leaving the green world behind. Back in the city, she follows her parents home, but a surprise visit from her miniature friends continues her whimsical dream. Once again, Lehman’s spacious, boldly outlined pictures tell a deceptively simple story that demands repeated visits as it seemlessly captures a child’s joyful wandering between reality and imagined play.” That said, at the end, all the trees from fairyland scattered around the city would suggest that the visit was not such a dream after all. Maybe it was real? Giggle factor: not applicable. Adult enjoyment: likely. Illustrations: five jelly jars.


~ by kaychubbuck on August 5, 2010.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: