"Welcome aboard the Discovery Express! Please watch your step, and mind the gap as you embark." A special train takes readers on an intriguing journey back in time through the history of transportation, making stops at major invention milestones—the bicycle in England, the opening of the Panama Canal, the motor car in Germany, the steamboat in New Orleans and a few other pitstops. Conductor Pierre Henri and geographer Nancy Delaney serve as trusty guides. Readers are also alerted to the disappearance of the expedition leader—the intrepid Professor Pendelton—and read clues hidden under flaps that will hopefully lead them to his whereabouts.
A stellar concept and engaging format that combines narrative, mystery, history and nonfiction. We’re really keen on Tom Clohosy Cole’s dramatic illustrations and rich saturated palette. Well done, well done.