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Angus Rides The Goods Train

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When Angus boards the goods train, laden with milk, honey, and rice, he's full of excitement as the driver speeds across land and sea.

But why won't the train stop for those who are hungry and thirsty? What can Angus do?

This moral classic is beautifully written by Alan Durant (author of Always and Forever) with stunning illustrations by Chris Riddell.

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1st July '18
I read it to Brobee aged 5 aged 5
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5 stars
Don't let the cover of this powerful book deceive you; Angus Rides the Goods Train is a thought provoking and mature book through and through. It tackles the subject of poverty extremely well and, whilst moving and topical, has a positive message in that the younger generation can change our world for the better. It is very sad in parts, but certainly a story to share in order to start to look at sensitive issues around poverty that can be raised after watching the news.
21st August '17
I read it to BlastyMK aged 9 aged 9 & to Foofie12 aged 5 aged 5
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4 stars
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.
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Alan Durant is a prolific author of picture books and novels for children of all ages, including Dear Mermaid, Dear Tooth Fairy, and Dear Fathe...

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Chris Riddell, the 2015-2017 UK Children's Laureate, is an illustrator and political cartoonist for the Observer. Many of his children's books have won a number of major prizes including the 2001, 2004 and 2016 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medals. [...

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