We received All Aboard! The Christmas Train by Nichole Mara in exchange for this post. All opinions remain our own.
All Aboard! The Christmas Train is a delightful book that follows a non-narrative excursion aboard the yuletide train. This board book is unique in that it actually extends into a train over four-feet long as the story, literally, unfolds!
Nichole Mara is known for her book series All Aboard! Her unique style of the book makes her books engaging as the exterior of each page lifts up to reveal the happenings within each of the five cars of holiday fun and snowy scenery!
Details are exquisite with die-cut windows, bright colors and holiday decor. Readers will discover holiday decor, elves, toys, pies, penguins and even Santa Claus.
The Christmas Train has a gingerbread engineer to guide the train. There’s a mystery to solve as Santa is searching for his missing boot, leading him through every car on the Christmas Train in search of it.
The book posts questions and activities to accompany each scene such as “Can you find two snowflakes that match?” or “Can you find a toy that zooms? One that Spins?”
As you pull out the page, you lift the flaps to discover who is riding in each car.
The reverse side of the extended pages reveals the snow-covered countryside that the chugging train passes. There are skiiers to count, snowman to seek and hills and houses.
It’s an incredible book with an interactive appeal.
The illustrations by Andrew Kolb are cartoonish and charming. They are packed with detail and seem to create a world of wonderland for the reader boarding the train.
Gone are my days of lap-reading to my toddlers, but this book elevates the reading experience. It brings the magic of reading into the hands of a child as the pages extend and the Christmas Train comes to life. It’s more of a book for on the floor discovery, but sometimes variety inspires.
In this case, I think All Aboard! The Christmas Train delivers more than a story, but an interactive platform to play hide and seek, solve a mystery and explore the train.
Sure. It’s a Christmas theme, but it’s sure to be a favorite all year long for any train-loving child.
All Aboard! The Christmas Train is best for children 2-6, though meant to be enjoyed by all.