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Henry, Jesse, Violet, and Benny Alden are brothers and sisters—and they’re orphans. The only way they can stay together is to make it on their own. One night, during a storm, the children find an old red boxcar that keeps them warm and safe. They decide to make it their home. This is just the beginning of their graphic novel adventures as the Boxcar Children!

Topics: Orphans, Siblings, Family, Survival, Trains, Childhood, Adventurous, Heartwarming, Suspenseful, Series, and Illustrated

Published: Albert Whitman Company an imprint of Open Road Integrated Media on
ISBN: 9781453220139
List price: $6.99
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I thought I could read the rest but I couldn't more
I forgot how much I liked this book as a kid. I often used to play house in pine trees with my friend, so the idea of setting up house in the woods independent from adults really appealed to me back then. There's not much of a plot in this book, but the concept is fun.more
I actually only like the first book, because I lose interest after they moved out of the box car. LOLmore
Now that they are orphaned, the four Alden children are in search of a place to live -- somewhere close enough to a town so they can still buy food, but far enough away that no one will spot them and turn them over to the horrible grandfather they have never met. When the come upon an abandoned boxcar, all four children: Henry, Jessie, Violet and Benny decide that it is perfect. They set about making the boxcar into a home and in the process make a good friend who helps them out in more ways than they could expect. Orphans and adventure...how did I not read this when I was a kid? This would have been perfect for me. Although I didn't see a real mystery within the book, it was definitely a fun read. The words sometimes sound too beginning readerish, but I don't think it would get in the way of enjoying the book/story for a more advanced reader.more
This story follows 4 siblings: Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny who are orphans. The children are determined to make it on their own so they do not get separated, so they set out to find a safe place to live. they find an old, red boxcar that provides shelter from a storm. Against all odds, they make it into their home and become the Boxcar Children. I read this book when I was younger, and throughout enjoyed reading it again! It is a wonderful transition book that is an easy read for children who are moving up to chapter books. The print is large and easy to follow with its simple sentences. You really begin to get to know these characters and you definitely want to get the other books in the series to see what other adventures they get themselves into!more
best book ever... my inspiration for my story, "A wild life"more
I've read some reviews that say this series may not hold for modern young people, but really, I read it in the mid-late 80s and I enjoyed it, and I think there is still plenty of entertainment value for today's kids. Maybe some kids will be deterred by the lack of technology, but if they enjoy a good adventure, I'm not sure they'll miss it. After all, the adventures that the children go on are often the kinds of adventures that many kids dream of (like spending the summer all by themselves on an island, living off the land) and the mysteries that they solve are often the type that only kids see (like a hidden room "no one" new existed). One thing I really enjoyed, as I read from one book to the next is that you slowly so the characters growing up before your eyes. Each book took place months apart, so over the course of the series they age and grow. By the end you start to get hints of their future (like who one of the girls may end up marrying). This is a large reason I do not recommend reading the books 20 and up, as they take the characters back to the age that there were in book one. I didn't enjoy that aspect, and didn't think the stories were as good, either. A few years ago, I was feeling nostalgic and decided that I wanted to read the books again. Obviously, it took me virtually no time to get through the series, but I actually enjoyed it as much as I did as a kid, and I actually found things in it this time that I didn't appreciate as a kid (history types of things and things that they could do in the 40s and 50s that wouldn't be allowed today). While some adults probably wouldn't enjoy this if there was no nostalgia for them, others mights find it a fun, quick read.more
Reason for Reading: This is another book from the Random Bookshelf that I am reading from this year.The Boxcar Children have played a big part in my and my children's lives. I intend to acquire a complete set of the first 19 books (the others hold no interest to me) and keep them as keepers on my juvenile shelves for my future grandchildren.When I read these books from the library is the mid '70s, they were hardcover's with picture boards and I was entranced with them. I'd always go over an pick one out to read whether I'd read it before or not. For my oldest son, who was a very young, strong reader, these were his first chapter books that he read for his own personal pleasure. Due to my business as a used book dealer at the time of his childhood, we went to a lot of garage sales on Saturdays and he would always take a Boxcar Children book with him in the car and have it finished before we'd finished garage sailing. He had a huge collection of all the newer books and super specials, etc. For my younger son, these were his first chapter book read alouds and he loved him so much. I think he and his dad read about 8 of them when he was about five. Now having just re-read this one again I'm fairly confident he could read it himself so I'm going to set it aside for him and let him have a go in the near future.Although the books in this series always have a mystery to solve, this first book does not really have a mystery other than the children themselves. Orphans who have runaway because they don't want to stay with a mean, old grandfather they've never met. They stumble across an old boxcar and set up house in there, which is a lot of fun seeing how these children work so diligently to create a simple home for themselves. The writing style throughout the series is also very high interest while keeping to a simple 3rd grade reading level. I honestly can't remember the stories of any of the other books offhand but I do especially love this first book as it is the only one of the series to be illustrated by L. Kate Deal in stunning silhouette art. One can tell the story takes place long ago with the girls in dresses and kerchiefs and the boys in short pants and long stockings but the darkness and absence of detail leave much to the imagination. Even if you have no intention on reading the series as a whole, "The Boxcar Children" itself is a modern classic to be enjoyed by all.more
I'm so excited to reread all these children's series with Maggie in about 4 years. I lived on the Boxcar Children, Nancy Drew, Encyclopedia Brown, Bunnicula, Ruth Chew and, later, John Bellairs.more
I was lucky enough to find this edition after reading a later book set in San Francisco (pretty awful) that turned out to be one in the franchise contributed to by different writers after Chandler's death. She wrote 19, and this first one is excellent. The silhouette illustrations are lovely, and in the back are a brief bio and a letter she wrote to a girl who wants to be a writer. Substitute teaching during WWII, she specifically wrote this book for her students who had difficulty reading, wanting to give them a good story in language they could follow.more
this is the only boxcar children book i've ever read, and i never had interest in the others because the kids end up with their grandfather at the end. i think the whole boxcar idea fulfilled some kind of independence-fantasy i had as a child (see also: my side of the mountain).more
My favorite children's book EVER. Found it at a yard sale recently and plan to read again at age 27!more
Read this as a kid and remembered liking it. Some kids' books hold up pretty well when you read them as an adult, even first- or second-grade level. This one, not so much. It was okay and a very fast read, though. I would have rated it two stars if I were rating it according to how much I enjoyed it, but for a kid at the appropriate age it's probably a three or four, so I settled on three stars.more
like watching full house, but with adventure! somewhat... i read them all when i was a kid!more
My 2 Cents: One of, if not my favorite book from childhood. It's been the model for which I've based a lot of "life" decissions.more
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I thought I could read the rest but I couldn't more
I forgot how much I liked this book as a kid. I often used to play house in pine trees with my friend, so the idea of setting up house in the woods independent from adults really appealed to me back then. There's not much of a plot in this book, but the concept is fun.more
I actually only like the first book, because I lose interest after they moved out of the box car. LOLmore
Now that they are orphaned, the four Alden children are in search of a place to live -- somewhere close enough to a town so they can still buy food, but far enough away that no one will spot them and turn them over to the horrible grandfather they have never met. When the come upon an abandoned boxcar, all four children: Henry, Jessie, Violet and Benny decide that it is perfect. They set about making the boxcar into a home and in the process make a good friend who helps them out in more ways than they could expect. Orphans and adventure...how did I not read this when I was a kid? This would have been perfect for me. Although I didn't see a real mystery within the book, it was definitely a fun read. The words sometimes sound too beginning readerish, but I don't think it would get in the way of enjoying the book/story for a more advanced reader.more
This story follows 4 siblings: Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny who are orphans. The children are determined to make it on their own so they do not get separated, so they set out to find a safe place to live. they find an old, red boxcar that provides shelter from a storm. Against all odds, they make it into their home and become the Boxcar Children. I read this book when I was younger, and throughout enjoyed reading it again! It is a wonderful transition book that is an easy read for children who are moving up to chapter books. The print is large and easy to follow with its simple sentences. You really begin to get to know these characters and you definitely want to get the other books in the series to see what other adventures they get themselves into!more
best book ever... my inspiration for my story, "A wild life"more
I've read some reviews that say this series may not hold for modern young people, but really, I read it in the mid-late 80s and I enjoyed it, and I think there is still plenty of entertainment value for today's kids. Maybe some kids will be deterred by the lack of technology, but if they enjoy a good adventure, I'm not sure they'll miss it. After all, the adventures that the children go on are often the kinds of adventures that many kids dream of (like spending the summer all by themselves on an island, living off the land) and the mysteries that they solve are often the type that only kids see (like a hidden room "no one" new existed). One thing I really enjoyed, as I read from one book to the next is that you slowly so the characters growing up before your eyes. Each book took place months apart, so over the course of the series they age and grow. By the end you start to get hints of their future (like who one of the girls may end up marrying). This is a large reason I do not recommend reading the books 20 and up, as they take the characters back to the age that there were in book one. I didn't enjoy that aspect, and didn't think the stories were as good, either. A few years ago, I was feeling nostalgic and decided that I wanted to read the books again. Obviously, it took me virtually no time to get through the series, but I actually enjoyed it as much as I did as a kid, and I actually found things in it this time that I didn't appreciate as a kid (history types of things and things that they could do in the 40s and 50s that wouldn't be allowed today). While some adults probably wouldn't enjoy this if there was no nostalgia for them, others mights find it a fun, quick read.more
Reason for Reading: This is another book from the Random Bookshelf that I am reading from this year.The Boxcar Children have played a big part in my and my children's lives. I intend to acquire a complete set of the first 19 books (the others hold no interest to me) and keep them as keepers on my juvenile shelves for my future grandchildren.When I read these books from the library is the mid '70s, they were hardcover's with picture boards and I was entranced with them. I'd always go over an pick one out to read whether I'd read it before or not. For my oldest son, who was a very young, strong reader, these were his first chapter books that he read for his own personal pleasure. Due to my business as a used book dealer at the time of his childhood, we went to a lot of garage sales on Saturdays and he would always take a Boxcar Children book with him in the car and have it finished before we'd finished garage sailing. He had a huge collection of all the newer books and super specials, etc. For my younger son, these were his first chapter book read alouds and he loved him so much. I think he and his dad read about 8 of them when he was about five. Now having just re-read this one again I'm fairly confident he could read it himself so I'm going to set it aside for him and let him have a go in the near future.Although the books in this series always have a mystery to solve, this first book does not really have a mystery other than the children themselves. Orphans who have runaway because they don't want to stay with a mean, old grandfather they've never met. They stumble across an old boxcar and set up house in there, which is a lot of fun seeing how these children work so diligently to create a simple home for themselves. The writing style throughout the series is also very high interest while keeping to a simple 3rd grade reading level. I honestly can't remember the stories of any of the other books offhand but I do especially love this first book as it is the only one of the series to be illustrated by L. Kate Deal in stunning silhouette art. One can tell the story takes place long ago with the girls in dresses and kerchiefs and the boys in short pants and long stockings but the darkness and absence of detail leave much to the imagination. Even if you have no intention on reading the series as a whole, "The Boxcar Children" itself is a modern classic to be enjoyed by all.more
I'm so excited to reread all these children's series with Maggie in about 4 years. I lived on the Boxcar Children, Nancy Drew, Encyclopedia Brown, Bunnicula, Ruth Chew and, later, John Bellairs.more
I was lucky enough to find this edition after reading a later book set in San Francisco (pretty awful) that turned out to be one in the franchise contributed to by different writers after Chandler's death. She wrote 19, and this first one is excellent. The silhouette illustrations are lovely, and in the back are a brief bio and a letter she wrote to a girl who wants to be a writer. Substitute teaching during WWII, she specifically wrote this book for her students who had difficulty reading, wanting to give them a good story in language they could follow.more
this is the only boxcar children book i've ever read, and i never had interest in the others because the kids end up with their grandfather at the end. i think the whole boxcar idea fulfilled some kind of independence-fantasy i had as a child (see also: my side of the mountain).more
My favorite children's book EVER. Found it at a yard sale recently and plan to read again at age 27!more
Read this as a kid and remembered liking it. Some kids' books hold up pretty well when you read them as an adult, even first- or second-grade level. This one, not so much. It was okay and a very fast read, though. I would have rated it two stars if I were rating it according to how much I enjoyed it, but for a kid at the appropriate age it's probably a three or four, so I settled on three stars.more
like watching full house, but with adventure! somewhat... i read them all when i was a kid!more
My 2 Cents: One of, if not my favorite book from childhood. It's been the model for which I've based a lot of "life" decissions.more
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