21st August '17
A thought-provoking read. We liked it and have borrowed it from our library a few times but...
it is no cute-sy bedtime story but perhaps more a morality tale for our time about the distribution of wealth and how perhaps our kids may grow up to help.
The 'goods train' is basically a synonym for all the 'plenty' that is available to some, and as it travels on it's journey through Angus's dream to serve the rich, over-fed 'important' people at the end of it's journey, it passes many characters in desperate need of food, water etc. But it doesn't stop to help them. They are not 'important' people.
Seeing the unfairness in this, Angus hijacks the goods train and returns to help them.
When he awakes from this dream (slightly nightmarish really, and very young children may find it a bit scary and confusing), he sees images of those in need on the news on his own television. He decides at that point, that when he grows up, he will drive the goods train, and presumably change the way the goods are distributed.
Super illustrations by Chris Riddell, though graphic and as I mention above, may unnerve younger kids.
I don't think it hurts to get kids to think from time to time and this book does just that. It may well provoke conversation about famine and why some people have less than we do... never a bad thing.