When Titus Took the Train

by

Anne Cottringer
Illustrated by Sarah McIntyre

Reading Age: 5-7

Interest level: 3-6

by

Anne Cottringer
Illustrated by Sarah McIntyre

Titus is taking the train to visit his Uncle Henry, far, far away. His parents aren't coming with him, but the conductor promises to keep an eye on him. Titus has his lunch, his games and a pen and notebook to keep him busy. His dad hopes he won't get too bored.

 

No chance of that: as soon as the train pulls away, Titus has to deal with bandits, dinosaur attacks and an enormous boulder on a collision course with the train. Luckily, Titus is just the hero his fellow passengers need - even if all of these exciting and perilous things happen safely in the confines of his sketchbook!

 

Titus' journey of imagination is a tour de force of exciting derring-do, with McIntyre's recognisable bright and explosive illustration juxtaposed with snippets of Titus' own sketchbook.

 

A little boy making up his own stories and revelling in his active imagination on a long journey might well encourage young readers to do the same next time they have a long journey ahead.

 

Publisher: Oxford University Press

About the author

  • Sarah McIntyre

    Illustrator and writer Sarah McIntyre is easy to spot in her pointy glasses and hats. Her books include the comic Vern and Lettuce, four books with Philip Reeve, including Pugs of the Frozen North and Jinks & O'Hare Funfair Repair, and her picture books include There's a Shark in the Bath and Dinosaur Police. She loves creating books and comics with friends and getting inspired by batting around ideas and drawings with them.

     

    Sarah is immensely proud of Britain's amazing illustrators and how well their pictures tell stories. In 2015, she set up the #PicturesMeanBusiness campaign, calling for people to credit illustrators for their work.

     

    You can follow Sarah on Twitter @jabberworks.

     

    http://www.jabberworks.co.uk
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