The Night Train by Matilda Woods – Book Review

The Night Train by Matilda Woods – Book Review

The Night Train by Matilda Woods

The Night Train

Author – Matilda Woods
Illustrator – Penny Neville-Lee
Publisher – Stripes Publishing Limited
Pages – 96
Released – 14th October 2021
ISBN-13 – 9781788952231
Format – hardcover, audio
Rating – 4 Stars
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With a shrill whistle the Night Train is off, delivering its passengers to children’s dreams. The yeti, the ballet dancer, the friendly monster and the princess all have starring roles.

Then the train comes to an unexpected halt. A tree has fallen across the track and there’s no way the guard can move it on his own.

It’s a race against time and the passengers will need to use all their talents to get the train moving again. Can they reach their dreams before midnight?

Review by Stacey

The Night Train is a children’s book that bridges the gap between picture books and full novels. It contains 96 pages, large text, and plenty of illustrations.

The story gave me The Polar Express vibes, given that the conductor for the train was rushed off his feet, trying to get the train to its destination on time, complaining about being late, and then having to stop as there is something on the line that needs moving.

The story is a tale of dreams and following them. It is also about acceptance and learning not to judge people (or monsters) by how they look.

The illustrations are divine and give the story a lovely snowy, wintery feeling. The plot is adorable.

For young middle-graders that want something a little harder to read now they are getting older, this would be perfect. It is an ideal book for this time of year too.

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