Locomotive

Locomotive

Illustrated by: Brian Floca
For Ages: 4 - 10
  • bestseller
  • 3awards
  • common core
The Caldecott Medal Winner, Sibert Honor Book, and New York Times bestseller Locomotive is a rich and detailed sensory exploration of America’s early railroads, from the creator of the stunning (Booklist) Moonshot.


It is the summer of 1869, and trains, crews, and family are traveling together, riding America’s 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!
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  • Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 
  • 64 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781442485228 | 
  • September 2013 | 
  • Grades P - 5
List Price $13.99
Available on or around September 3, 2013

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About the Author

Brian Floca

Brian Floca is the author and illustrator of Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11, a Robert F. Sibert Honor Book and a New York Times Best Illustrated Book; Lightship, also a Sibert Honor Book; Racecar Alphabet, an ALA Notable Children’s Book, and Locomotive, the recipient of seven starred reviews and a New York Times 2013 Best Illustrated Children’s Book. He has illustrated Avi’s Poppy Stories, Kate Messner’s Marty McGuire novels, and Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan’s Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring, a Sibert Honor Book and winner of the Orbis Pictus Award. You can visit him online at BrianFloca.com.

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