#BookADay: LOCOMOTIVE by Brian Floca (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster)
#BookADay: LOCOMOTIVE by Brian Floca (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster). So much in this book to love, not just for young readers but also grown-ups. The Washington Post summarized it perfectly: "In this beautiful amalgam of science and poetry, words, set free from gravity, merge into images that reverberate and soar." Even the endpapers (the pages right at the beginning and the end, fixed to the inside of the covers) are packed with fascinating info and illustrations.
Excerpt from the starred review in Kirkus:
"Floca took readers to the moon with the Apollo 11 mission in Moonshot (2009); now he takes them across the country on an equally historic journey of 100 years earlier. In a collegial direct address, he invites readers to join a family—mother, daughter and son—on one of the first passenger trips from Omaha to Sacramento after the meeting of the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific in May 1869.... Full- and double-page spreads take advantage of the book’s unusually large trim for breathtaking long shots of the American landscape and thrilling perspectives of the muscular engine itself.... Unjustly undersung as a writer, Floca soars with his free-verse narrative, exploiting alliteration, assonance and internal rhyme to reinforce the rhythms of the journey.... Nothing short of spectacular, just like the journey it describes."
More about the book: www.brianfloca.com/Locomotive.html
Simon & Schuster page: books.simonandschuster.com/Locomotive/Brian-Floca/9781416...