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Go West!: The Great North American Railroad Adventure | Book Review

The Children’s Book Review | September 19, 2019

Buy the BookGo West!: The Great North American Railroad Adventure

Written and illustrated by Pascal Blanchet

Age Range: 7-10

Publisher: Wide Eyed Editions (2018)

ISBN: 978-1-78603-179-2

What to Expect: Trains, cities, and history

It is difficult for any child not to feel a fascination for trains: their sleek design, their speed, and the complex engineering that makes them work. These days, however, unless you live in a city, trains are not all that common within the United States. It may be surprising, therefore, to learn that trains played a significant role in US history and continue to be important to travel and commerce in the modern world. Go West! explores the history of the railway in North American from 1830 to the present, at the same time taking readers on an exciting journey west across this vast continent.

Go West! starts in 1836 with the Dorchester Locomotive in Montreal, and concludes its journey 14 stops later, at Union Station in Los Angeles, where the Academy Awards are hosted annually. Along the way readers are shown the development of different engines from the “golden age of rail travel”, as well as some of the mechanics of rail travel: the development of a ticketing system, for example, or how a locomotive’s engine works. At the same time, the volume is packed with information about the cities it visits on route: New York, Chicago, Vancouver, Seattle, San Francisco, and many others. The volume is lavishly illustrated with original artwork in the Art Deco style which beautifully evokes the age of rail expansion and exploration. For any child who cannot get enough of trains and railways, this volume would make a beautiful gift.

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About the Author-Illustrator

Author-illustrator PASCAL BLANCHET was born in Trois-Rivières in 1980 and now lives in Montreal. He has a strong interest in 20th-century design, architecture, jazz, and graphic novels, which is reflected in his style of art. A self-taught illustrator, he has produced artwork for American and Canadian newspapers and magazines, with clients including Penguin Books, The San Francisco magazine, The New Yorker, and The National Post.

Go West!: The Great North American Railroad Adventure was reviewed by Dr. Jen Harrison. Discover more books like Go West!: The Great North American Railroad Adventure by following along with our reviews and articles tagged with , , and .

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Jen Harrison currently teaches English Composition and Composition Skills at East Stroudsburg University. She completed her PhD in Children's and Victorian Literature at Aberystwyth University in Wales, in the UK. There she also acted as an instructor teaching undergraduate courses on literature and literary theory, as well as further education courses on Children's Literature and Creative Writing. After a brief spell in administration, Jen then trained as a secondary school English teacher, and worked for several years teaching Secondary School English, working independently as a private tutor of English, and working in nursery and primary schools as a substitute teacher. After moving from the UK to the USA in 2016, Jen is very happy to have returned to higher education. Her current research focuses on three primary areas in the field of children’s literature: reader-writer relationships, thing-theory, and the supernatural; she is a reviewer for the International Research Society for the Study of Children’s Literature (IRSCL), as well as the Children's Book Review. Jen also writes an academic blog on Children's Literature, Worrisome Words: http://quantum.esu.edu/faculty/jharrison/. You can also find her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennifer.harrison.73594

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