This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Free Book Program, which is open to all readers and is completely free. The author will provide you with a free copy of their book in exchange for an honest review. You and the author will discuss what sites you will post your review to and what kind of copy of the book you would like to receive (eBook, PDF, Word, paperback, etc.). To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.
Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Be careful what you wish for. Zayn is a locomotive for the Candy Floss Central rail line. He has a secret dream: to be an express train. Wouldn’t that be grand! He would be able to ride the rails at breakneck speed. Mincemeat is a human-sized ginger cat who loves to sew, bake, and even ride a motorbike. He lives with Great-Grandma in the village of Howdoyoudo. They plan on taking a train ride to visit Aunt Petunia. Mincemeat, ever thoughtful, makes a last-minute decision to hop off the train at the Lilac Hill station to purchase some lilacs for Great-Grandma. The train almost leaves without him and his dream of bringing Great-Grandma a bouquet of lilacs is almost ruined. Then Zayn’s dream takes over as the two have a thrilling ride to their final destination.
Lois Davis’s story, Mincemeat and the Incredible Train Ride: Mincemeat’s World of Adventures Book 1, is a charming train story much like the ever-popular Reverend Wilbert Awdry’s Thomas the Tank Engine series. The two main characters, Zayn the locomotive and Mincemeat the baking cat, will entice young readers to enjoy the adventures and journey along the rails from Muddlewich Station (so called because everything is in a muddle, including the ticket office which requires passengers to climb a ladder to the roof of the station to get their tickets) to Lilac Hill, Duckling Down, Hamster Heights, Marshmallow Ridge and many other uniquely named stations until the final destination. The train ride is indeed an adventure, full of fun and laughter that a young reader will certainly enjoy. The illustrations are bright and colorful. Overall, a charming, fun story.