Friday, February 27, 2015

Final Picture Books 14:14

Locomotive
Word Play


Locomotive by Brian Floca
Illustrated by Brian Floca
Publisher: A Richard Jackson Book (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)
Published: 2013
ISBN-13: 97814169941252
Personal Copy
Word Count:  (estimate)

Oh how I love this book...and several of the elements could have been used for my review, but I decided on Word Play.

As you start the book, you can hear the sound of the hammers hitting the spikes...




This begs the reader to go on and "hear" what else is going on. And there is more...


And more...



Is that all you ask? Heavens no...Brian Floca uses a variety of figurative language through the book.

     Alliteration:

               She's bright in her paint and her polish -
               the pride of her company and crew.

               It's tricky sometimes to use it,
               when the train is
               rolling, running, lurching,
               leaning left and right.

     Personification:

               he knows her moods and tempers,

     Imagery:

               Smell the switchgrass and the bluestem,
               hot beneath the sun.

Now it is your turn to read and find all the luscious language that is used in Locomotive.