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Chugga Chugga Choo Choo Hardcover – January 1, 1900
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Kids love trains, and Kevin Lewis and illustrator Daniel Kirk's Chugga-Chugga Choo-Choo will do nothing but encourage the obsession. "Sun's up! / Morning's here. / Up and at 'em, / engineer," cheerfully begins this rhyming picture book. As the simple large-lettered text chugs along, Daniel Kirk brings a child's playroom and train set to life with bold, bright illustrations reminiscent of his work in Bigger. In the course of the book, the toys bustle about to make sure the steam engine is loaded up with freight and finds its way (through the country, 'round the mountains, into tunnels, and across the river) to its destination--the city. There the "sleepy-sleepy choo-choo" rests, right next to a tired little boy, until the next day's work begins: "To the roundhouse / you are bound. / Good night, engine, / safe and sound." (Baby to preschool)
From Publishers Weekly
First-time author Lewis and Kirk (Breakfast at the Liberty Diner) here embrace an enduring childhood fantasyAthe playroom that comes alive at nightAand pare it down for very young readers. A toy engineer and his son drive a train loaded with "freight" (actually an assortment of playthings) around a labyrinth of track laid out in a sleeping boy's bedroom. Other toysAa jack-in-the-box, a Humpty Dumpty, a trio of plush raccoonsAhelp load and unload the cargo, or greet the train as it passes by. Lewis's brief, rhyming couplets mime a locomotive's momentum in their rhythm: " 'Round the mountains, high and steep./ Through the valleys, low and deep." The onomatopoeic refrain, set in playful typography, is familiar but infectious: "Chugga-chugga/ choo-choo/ whistle blowing/ Whoooooooo! Whooooooooo!" Kirk's dramatically shaded, panoramic paintings revel in the toys' bold shapes and colors as well as in the disparate relationships of their sizes to one another and to the environment. He gives the classic subject matter an up-to-the-minute look: his compositions have the modeled, 3D look of computer-aided art, and his surfaces a high-gloss, airbrushed smoothness. Kids will be glad to climb aboard for the ride. Ages 2-5. (May)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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This book is wonderful for little boys or girls to inspire their imaginations. The story is told in a beautiful, poetic way that makes it easy and fun to read. Each set of pages contains one or two sentences that describe what trains do during the day like load up their cargo, go through tunnels, and finally, at the end of the day, unload their freight and go to bed. Several of the pages even end with "whoooooo! whooooooo!," which is fun for kids to hear. The pictures even show all of the toys and stuffed animals taking part in the train's day-to-day activities which I love.
As I was reading this book for the first time to my kids, I noticed that the style is very similar to another book that we own, My Truck is Stuck! I compared them and discovered that Kevin Lewis wrote both books and Daniel Kirk illustrated both as well so if your child likes that book, this one would be another good book to add to your collection.
Chugga-Chugga-Choo-Choo is a wonderful book and is perfect for any child who likes trains. At roughly 24 thick, sturdy board book pages, it's a great size for small hands and I'm glad I found this one for my son. He loves it and asks for it every night before bedtime, as well as throughout the day! I highly recommend this book for anyone whose child likes trains!
**UPDATE** Two years later (and some duck tape on the binding)- this is still one of my son's favorite books. We've read it so much, that he now "reads" it wil me (he's a little over 2 1/2 half). The structure of the book makes it really easy for him to memorize and anticipate the next line. HIGHLY RECCOMMEND.
to books but I read to him anyway. He loves this book and enjoys looking thoroughly at every picture on the page. I do not at all regret this purchase for him. It was a great stocking stuffer for a 2 year old!
The pictures are bright and fun, and the text is just the right length for before nap or bedtime. Only the last 2 pages are in a darker color background (purple) to encapsulate nightfall and sleepy time, but even then they are still colorful. The covers are glossy, and pages are matte.
The second book is more advanced and while the illustrations were cleverly done, they're enshrouded in darkness reminiscent of the night, thus giving it a grainy effect. Nevertheless, I'm keeping the book as I believe we'll grow into it.
For now, we really enjoy reading Chugga-Chugga Choo-Choo. My daughter's started pointing to the dog, (teddy) bear, ball, and book and saying the words. She also loves echoing Whoooo Whoooo along with me. I would definitely recommend this book!
This one is perfect! It follows a train from dawn until dusk, so it is perfect for bedtime. They rhyming pattern is so cleaver and fun to read for me, and fun for him to listen to. I also love that the part of the book that repeats is the train noise (whooo whooo), because it is very enthusiastic at the beginning but as the day comes to an end it gets sleepier sounding. Plus, my son loves when we make that noise.
This is great because there is some story here, but it isn't super long so it holds his attention until the end. We all have good fun reading it too. The pictures are beautiful, and colors are nice and vivid too.