Elementary Books, Open Books, Uncategorized

The Little Engine That Laughed by Alf Evers

The Little Engine That Laughed by Alf Evers and illustrated by Carole Etow is a book intended for upper preschool and younger elementary students.  It’s about a happy train that loses his laughter when his life gets turned upside down.

What I disliked:

The title is misleading.  The first and last pages show a happy tank engine.  The tank engine is crying on every other page.  It is also sad as he loses his best friend and caretaker, something I think would be difficult for the littles to digest properly.

What I liked:

When I found this book, there was a hand written note in the front cover to one of my favorite people in the world, so it put a smile on my face for a minute 🙂  It reminds me of “The Little Engine That Could,” but the copy that I have of that doesn’t match the illustrative style.  It’s got me wondering…

Where to find it:

I plan to get rid of this book ASAP, maybe mail it back to that favorite person and see their adult like reaction to receiving it lol.  You can find a copy on Amazon for less than $6.


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