After interactively exploring ambulances, police cars and more in Emergency!, Margaret Mayo and artist Alex Ayliffe take on trains, planes, boats and other modes of transport for the paper-over-board Choo Choo Clickety-Clack! Sound effects galore will have youngsters chiming in (bikes go "Zippety-Zip!"; cable cars go "Shlummp! Whurrrr!"). Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Learning about various modes of transportation will be fun with this colorful, informative picture book. Young readers will be drawn to the bright, simple artwork, as well as the flowing, rhythmic text. Each spread focuses on the sounds and actions of one form of transportation, and this action-packed volume covers eleven types of transportation: trains, planes, cars, racing cars, sailboats, hot-air balloons, motor bikes, bicycles, cable cars, buses, and ferry boats. Children will enjoy repeating the fun sounds, such as "choo choo clickety clack," "flappety-flap," "vroom," and "whoosh." Packed with entertaining language and busy artwork, this lively title will take readers on a whirlwind journey from land to sea to sky and back again. Youngsters will want to explore this reading experience again and again. 2005, Carolrhoda Books, Ages 4 to 7.
School Library Journal
PreS-K-A book about all the ways for people on the go to get where they're going. Mayo includes race cars, trains, buses, planes, and even hot-air balloons. Each bright spread features a new vehicle and four lines about the sounds it makes and the way it moves. Flat illustrations loaded with primary colors and geometric shapes combined with a text full of "zooms" and "vrooms" beg for sharing aloud. Each verse concludes with a large "Off they go!" leading readers to turn the page and discover a new way to travel. On the last page, darkness falls and many of the vehicles are "resting" but a few will keep traveling until they are "home at last!" A surefire selection in any library where toddlers and preschoolers go "Zippity-zip" or "RoarrrRR!"-Julie Roach, Watertown Free Public Library, MA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Each mode of transportation is great at something in this vibrant read-aloud. There are a number of books on the market dedicated to cars, but this takes you beyond trains and buses and adds, among others, the much less frequently included sailboats, motorcycles, bicycles and even, unexpectedly, cable cars. As the third in the trilogy of action vehicle books by Mayo and Ayliffe, what really gives this one finesse is its snappy text that abounds with verbs to savor, like soaring, chasing and splashing. It's like having an exciting little thesaurus dedicated to words that connote motion. For instance, for hot-air balloons the words hover slightly over the lofty baskets, "High in the sky, riding, gliding. / Heating, filling, swelling, rising. / Whoooosh! Off they go!" It works well as a bedtime read also; the last spread is in deep purples as many vehicles begin resting in the darkness. Ayliffe has illustrated each spread with carefully detailed and crisply colored cut paper helping make this a splendidly zippy lap-time experience. (Picture book. 3-7)