- "To Daisy, for being a Really Useful railcar!"
- ―The inscription inside Daisy's book
Books Aboard! is a magazine story.
Outside a book shop in Wellsworth, a large crowd is waiting; a famous author is coming to sign copies of her latest book. Just as James arrives with the important visitor, an alarm is sounded. A fire has started in the book shop's basement. A fire engine soon has the flames extinguished, but the shop is too wet and messy to let people in. The famous author is upset, but just then, Daisy rolls up. The writer climbs aboard, sits down, and signs everyone's books. Everyone is pleased, except James, who is still sure he had the most important job of the day. Until Daisy shows him a book with a personalised inscription to her inside, that is!