From School Library Journal
PreSchool-K-The successful team that produced The House I'll Build for the Wrens and We're Making Breakfast for Mother (both Greenwillow, 1997) are right on track with this new cumulative, rhyming rebus. A blond boy dons an engineer's cap, gives a roll call of his locomotive and cars, and then offers a cheerful journey over trestles and through crowds. Although the trip begins to drag somewhere in the middle, the target audience will hang on until the end. In a humorous twist, readers step back to view the model railroad strewn throughout a disheveled home. The boy's mother says, "I have a request (I don't think it's too hard):/Before going to bed, pick up this freight yard,/because during the night I'd like to refrain/from taking an unplanned trip on your train." Parker uses watercolor paints, colored pencils, and black pen to create dedicated reproductions of No. 1 scale model railroad cars.Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA
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In their signature style of simple cumulative verse and clear rebus illustrations, the author and artist of We're Making Breakfast for Mother
(1997) tell a story of a boy playing at being engineer on the train in his room. One by one, on each left-hand page, there is a big picture in line, watercolor, and colored pencil of a locomotive, then a boxcar, a tanker, the people along the track, the trestle, the tunnel, the signal crossing. One by one, each of the pictures becomes a rebus in a cumulative rhyme on the right-hand page, so children can join in and say the words. Then there is a nice reversal as Mom sweeps in and, with barely concealed irritation, requests of the smiling boy that before going to bed, he "pick up this freight yard." Kids will enjoy the combination of reality and play, the facts about trains, and the game of the journey. Hazel Rochman