After Monday, January 27, 2013, I probably don't have to explain why I would buy this book. (Congratulations, Brian), but I will tell you why I like this book and why we own it in its pre- shiny sticker state.
Trains and books are big at our house; so big, in fact, that when I first found out I was pregnant with my son, I bought books and my husband bought train sets -- the gender of the child was irrelevant.
Locomotive is an exquisitely illustrated book about... wait for it... trains. It is also a beautifully written story about history. Anyone remotely interested in trains, history, and beautiful books should own a copy of this book.
In a year packed with notable and truly excellent children's books, it is not surprisingly that this book rose to the top.