Oi! Get Off Our Train

Publisher: Red Fox

Review

A welcome republication of a thirty-year old modern classic from a prolific author and illustrator who deservedly has been nominated for the 2012 Hans Christian Andersen award.

As a small boy drifts off to sleep he dreams that he is taking a journey around the world in his model train. He visits many different habitats where endangered animals beg a lift on the train to escape their impending extinction, brought about by the thoughtlessness and greed of those who misuse the environment. Initially unwilling to take more passengers, he relents as he hears each creature's plight.

Burningham's characteristic soft-focus illustrations atmospherically capture both the dream setting, and the impending danger which faces so many species, all of them unique and irreplaceable.

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