Chugga Chugga Choo Choo

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Chugga Chugga Choo Choo

A rhyming story about a toy freight train's day, from loading freight in the morning to retiring to the roundhouse after the day's work is done.

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Chugga Chugga Choo Choo

A rhyming story about a toy freight train's day, from loading freight in the morning to retiring to the roundhouse after the day's work is done.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
First-time author Lewis and Kirk (Breakfast at the Liberty Diner) here embrace an enduring childhood fantasy--the playroom that comes alive at night--and 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 toys--a jack-in-the-box, a Humpty Dumpty, a trio of plush raccoons--help 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 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
It is morning and time to load the freight on the train. Follow the journey to the city, through the country, around the mountains, into the tunnels and across the bridge. When nighttime arrives, the boxcars are emptied and it's time for sleep. The peppy, rhythmic text bounces along with just the right number of train whistle sounds. The action takes place in a child's bedroom and reinforces imaginative play. Children may recognize some of their favorite toys—building blocks, a train and a long winding track, stuffed animals and doll people, all in Kirk's bright, bold illustrations. The shadings of the pages darken slightly as night approaches and the text winds down with a soft whistle sound at the end. Fun to read any time of the day, this is also an appropriate bedtime story, with the child pictured snug in bed, his train engine at the end. The board book format is perfect for this book. Toddlers will enjoy the simple text, bright colors and sound of the whistle. Parents and children will discover lots to point out and talk about on each page. 2001, Hyperion Books for Children, $6.99. Ages 1 to 4. Reviewer: Sharon Salluzzo
Children's Literature - Carol Raker Collins
As engineers board the train, workmen load the cargo--it is the start of the workday for a steam engine that carries freight from the country to the city. Then the train travels a long way around mountains, through valleys, into tunnels, over rivers, on top of bridges, to its destination. There, station workmen unload the freight. The tired black engine, leaving behind the cars and the red caboose, goes to the roundhouse to sleep after a hard day's work. The rhymed verse captures the excitement of the engine's day with its "wheels a-turning" as it calls "whoo whoo." In counterpoint to the real workday of the steam engine, the illustrator pictures everything in a toyland setting. The train, the workmen, engineers, landscape, city, and cargo are all depicted as toys in an elaborate colorful playroom. At the end of this make-believe tale, the train is tucked in for the night in the arms of the little boy whose bed is in the middle of the train tracks. Children will find this playroom and story quite inviting.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1 Bold, bright colors and a catchy rhyming text, not to mention the irresistible subject matter, will make this title an instant hit with young children. From morning to night, a train makes its journey: whistle blowing, "wheels a-turning," loading and unloading its freight. Illustrations reveal a toy train traveling through a child's room, past a teddy bear, a jack-in-the-box, and a cowboy on his horse. The artwork is quite clever; as the train goes "Into tunnels, underground," it travels under the bed, and "Across the river," crossing a bridge over an aquarium. The large typeface suits the simple text, and the repetitive refrain of "whoooooooo! whoooooooo!" curves across the pictures. Perfect for reading aloud, the story also works as a bedtime selection, ending with, "To the roundhouse/you are bound./Good night, engine,/safe and sound." Children who love Donald Crews's Freight Train (Greenwillow, 1978) will find another favorite in Chugga-Chugga Choo-Choo. Robin L. Gibson, Muskingum County Library System, Zanesville, OH Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786804290
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 5/20/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 79,147
  • Lexile: AD130L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.37 (w) x 12.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Kevin Lewis

Kevin Lewis's picture books are known for their boisterous boy appeal and irresistible sounds, which make them perfect for reading aloud. He and Daniel Kirk also collaborated on Chugga-Chugga Choo-Choo and My Truck Is Stuck! Kevin lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Read an Excerpt

Sun's up! Morning's here. Up and at 'em, engineer. Chugga-Chugga Choo-Choo Whistle blowing Whooooooooo! Whoooooooo!

Author Biography: Chugga-Chugga Choo-Choo is Kevin Lewis's first picture book. His newest book is The Lot at the End of My Block. Kevin is a children's book editor and lives in Greenwich Village, New York.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2008


    this is my sons favorite. He is now 21 mos and we have to read it to him several times a day. We need to buy another one because we have already worn this one down by use and want to have one for a keep sake, so buy 2.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2006

    choo choo cheriffic

    My two year old son absolutely loves this book! He has it memorized and reads the words right along with me. Our first book is wore out, I am definitely going to make sure that he gets another one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2005

    A Favorite

    My almost 2 year old loves the book as much as my 5 year old does. The illustrations are amazing and the story flows starting at the beginning of the day right until the end when it is time for good night. My little one makes a sad face when we say 'good night engine...' I do agree this would make a great board book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2005

    We read it every day!

    My two little ones want this one over and over, and I am delighted to notice new things almost every time we read it. The rhyming is right on for toddlers, and the clear, bright pictures are full of surprises and very clever. It will be one of my favorite books to give as gifts from now on.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2001

    my son just loves it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    He is 2 and walks around all day quoting the lines like 'job well done'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2000

    A must have for train lovers!

    We first found this book at the library and my two year old was instantly in love with it and chanting 'choo choo, whoo whoo' whenever we said 'chugga, chugga'. He was so upset when we had to return it, that I had to come to the computer and order it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2000

    Choo choo again mommy!

    My 19 month old son loves this book! If I don't have time to sit down and read it 30 times I have to hide it from him. He has started saying the words before I can. The only thing is I wish I could find it as a board book!

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