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The Caboose Who Got Loose

The Caboose Who Got Loose

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by Bill Peet

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Katy Caboose is tired of being last, and one day a freak accident allows her to realize her dream of peace and solitude.


Katy Caboose is tired of being last, and one day a freak accident allows her to realize her dream of peace and solitude.

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"Bill Peet rides full throttle with a happy story and his beautiful, incredible crayon pictures." Christian Science Monitor
Children's Literature - Kristina Cassidy
Katy Caboose spends all her time trailing behind the rest of the train cars, chugging through the countryside, always looking behind her. Katy is sad to always be moving and only stopping in crowded rail yards. She wishes she could trade places with a little cabin in the woods. One night Katy talks to a switchman's shack perched high on a pole. The shack envies Katy's many travels along the railroad tracks, and finally Katy begins to appreciate her role as a caboose. Then a coupling breaks and Katy gets loose. She finally gets to spend time off the rails in nature and is finally happy. Katy's story unfolds in rhyming text with varied vocabulary and complex sentence structures. Katy, the cabin, and the shack are personified through subtle but effective eyes in their windows. The bright illustrations are cheery and simple. Young readers can follow along with the story by reading the book as they listen to the CD with and without page-turn signals. Music and sound effects add to the energy of the recording. A bonus third track includes a reading of the story Whingdingdilly by Bill Peet. Reviewer: Kristina Cassidy

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Snuggle and Read Story Book Series
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Product dimensions:
8.43(w) x 9.75(h) x 0.20(d)
1190L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Bill Peet was the author of 34 books published by Houghton Mifflin. One of these, BILL PEET: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY, was named a 1989 Caldecott Honor Book. All of Bill Peet’s books published by Houghton Mifflin Company, including his first book for children published in 1959, HUBERT'S HAIR-RAISING ADVENTURE, remain actively in print today.

In both his career as an author and illustrator of children’s books and in his work as sketch artist and continuity illustrator at Walt Disney, Bill Peet created a menagerie of memorable characters. As he himself noted, "I write about animals because I love to draw them. Most of my animal characters have human personalities, and some are much like the people I know."

At Walt Disney, where Bill Peet worked for 27 years, he was a key participant in the production of classic films such as Fantasia, Sleeping Beauty, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, and 101 Dalmatians for which he was not only an artist, but the screenwriter as well.

Bill Peet’s signature style enabled him to create fast-paced stories of fantastical adventure delivered with warmth and laugh-out-loud hilarity. His unfailing humor did not, however, prevent him from addressing such poignant issues as kindness toward others and respect for the environment. Through the exploits of his characters, Peet offered his audience a chance to see themselves and their world through new eyes.

"At some point," Bill Peet once said, "it occurred to me that drawing was something I couldn’t possibly give up, and somehow it must be turned into a profession." He went on to not only fulfill his dream but to introduce generations of young readers to his delightful vision of humor, friendship and compassion.

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The Caboose Who Got Loose 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my sons favorite book when he was little and now that he has twin boys on the way I was very excited to find it for him to read to them. The original is so batter that it will stay with me. It's a great story with a wonderful ending. Check it out !!!!
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cmlo More than 1 year ago
My son likes this book mostly because he likes trains and cabooses. Although my impression is that it's a little bit of a sad story since the caboose is always longing to be somewhere else than at the back of the train. At the end, he gets his wish.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My son, 2 years old, loves his train set and anything Thomas the train. The only book I had that he would read with me was The Polar Express. I bought this book hoping he would like it because the topic was about a train . HE LOVES IT. The Ryhming and cadence of the text is great, the pictures are cute and now we read both books at nap time and bed time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
How many times can one read this to a child? The answer is unknowable. Just about perfect.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My son has requested this book from the library constantly. He has memorized long sections of it & uses them in his own play time with his trains. He's only 3 1/2! Time to let someone else's kid fall in love with the library's copy and get my son his own. I look forward to reminding him of how he loved it when he's a father himself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My boys (4 and 6) LOVE this book. The words rhyme for a a nice flow and a feeling of action as the train travels down the track. The pictures are FULL of detail and they are always finding something new (an owl or pigs) to point out. They have given this book the highest honor by checking it out of the school library multiple times over the last two years...I will buy them their own copy this month.