ReadPlus is a collection of selected books and films arranged under themes. This web site provides lists, reviews and resources for librarians, teachers and parents about books for young people aged 5 to 18.
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Sep 19 2019

Peppa Pig: George's train ride

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Ladybird, 2019. ISBN: 9780241375891.
Board book. Themes: Trains, Transport. Peppa Pig's family returns in this book, taking a train journey for Daddy Pig's work. George loves to ride the train and has lots of questions for his family. On the way the reader will find out all the details of being on a train that has a sleeper compartment. The story starts off with a picture of the train on the railway tracks and then the family is seen sitting in the carriage. They explore the cabin and after Daddy Pig presses a button, four bunk beds appear, and then the bathroom is found through a secret door. What fun when Daddy Pig presses a button and the water from the shower falls down on his head! Then the family put on pyjamas and go to bed. In the morning they have breakfast and when they arrive Daddy Pig has to check some concrete on the station platform.
The book is illustrated in the bright colours that the reader will associate with the Peppa Pig series and each picture shows the Pig family happy and helpful and just loving their train journey. The narrative is fairly dense for a board book, so it is one that would be read to a young child by an adult. What makes this board book stand out is of course, the six sturdy wheels that make the book appear like a train and make it into a toy as well. Children will love to wheel this around and the heavy cardboard construction should be able to withstand some heavy use.
A fun novelty book/toy, George's train ride is sure to appeal to all the fans of Peppa Pig.
Pat Pledger



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