That’s Not My Train by Fiona Watt – Book Review

That's Not My Train by Fiona WattArya loves playing with interactive books.

That’s Not My Train by Fiona Watt is part of the Usborne touchy-feely series of interactive children’s books.

The front cover shows a colorful train with squishy blue wheels embedded into the page.

Every page of That’s Not My Train has a unique element designed to attract the attention of young children and babies. In addition to the wheels on the cover there are: shiny silver windows, a rough funnel, corrugated cardboard side, bumpy metallic window, and a glossy red engine. Although the entire book only has six different pictures, we spent a long time with my daughter just running her fingers up and down the different elements.

The basic story of the book is based on the train. For the first five trains, the mouse says:
“That’s not my train.” because of the specific touchy-feely elements. On the last page, the mouse exclaims: “That’s my train!” and the picture shows him riding the train with his hands raised.

With limited text and such a simple plot, That’s Not My Train is aimed at toddlers and pre-school children. The touchy-feely elements are obviously the highlight of the book, but kids will also like the colorful pictures and huge trains on every page. Young babies like Arya will love touching the different elements and staring at the illustrations. But even children old enough to read will appreciate the detailed trains and changing backgrounds.

That’s Not My Train costs (including shipping) under $9 new and under $5 used from Amazon.