When Titus Took the Train by Anne Cottringer

When Titus Took the Train

Written by Anne Cottringer
Illustrated by Sarah McIntyre

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This is no ordinary train journey. But then Titus is no ordinary kid. Who else could take on galloping bandits, a rampaging dinosaur, perilous rapids, and rumbling boulders? Hold on to your hats and get ready for ... big imagination, big adventure! Readers will be swept along by these acts of derring-do and will be left wondering whether they really did happen or whether they're all part of the wild parallel universe that is Titus's imagination. Oh, and he manages to step off the train to meet his uncle as coolly as you please. A great fantasy adventure.

To celebrate the paperback publication of When Titus Took The Train, author and illustrator Anne Cottringer and Sarah McIntyre - more commonly known as 'Team Titus' - met up to create a simply fabulous trailer! With the winning combination of Anne's talents as a film director, and Sarah's artistic flair, this trailer (see below) provides the perfect teaser to Titus's adventure - so hold onto your seats and get ready for the ride...

You can download lots of interesting stuff too from the illustrator's own website too including a special downloadable board game and some top tips for making your own travel adventure.


When Titus Took the Train by Anne Cottringer

Titus is going on a long train journey. Under the watchful eye of the train guard he takes his seat and, until he arrives at his destination where Uncle Henry is waiting to meet him, he doesn't leave it. Or does he? Is it the curly moustache of a fellow passenger that is the impetus for Titus' fisticuff fight with bandits on the train roof? Or the sharp metallic teeth of the guard's ticket-puncher that propels him into a dangerous tunnel encounter with a T-rex? Is it the fact that the train makes a routine stop on a viaduct that sends Titus spinning into a daredevil parachute jump to find a mechanic and fix the stricken engine? Or is it the announcement that 'Boulder City' is the next stop that creates an avalanche of activity where Titus saves the train from a catastrophic collision with falling rocks?

There's an activity sheet to download for this title ! Click on Reader's Guide in the right hand column of this page.

About the Author

Anne Cottringer

Anne Cottringer was born at Niagara Falls in Canada. She moved to London to study film and television and ended up staying. Since graduating with an MA in Film and Television from the Royal College of Art, Anne has worked in film and TV as a camerawoman and documentary director. She has travelled widely and still loves it. She began writing when her first child was born. Anne is published by various publishers, including Orchard and Bloomsbury.

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32 pages


Anne Cottringer
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Oxford University Press

Publication date

2nd April 2011




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