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Chugga Chugga Choo Choo

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by Kevin Lewis, Daniel Kirk (Illustrator)

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Chugga Chugga Choo Choo


Chugga Chugga Choo Choo

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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Disney Press
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8.37(w) x 12.50(h) x 0.50(d)
AD130L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

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.

Meet the Author

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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Chugga-Chugga Choo-Choo 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My son received this book when he turned 2. He was beyond ecstatic... we went through a lengthy period when he insisted this be read to him every night. And in a fit of exhuberance about the story - sounds - pictures ripped up some of the pages. So I then bought a board book ... and another paper copy, which I gave to him when he was 3.5 years and less likely to rip pages. My son is 5 now and still enjoys it. I have given this a gift to other children as well, since my son rated it so highly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story is a very colorful story about the trains. The rhyming story delights the littlest of children and they love to participate in the reading. It is a favorite of my great grandchildren and their friends when we have story time, before naps or when they just go to pick a book to have it read. The older children love to read the book themselves. All in all it's a fun book
slimikin More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite children's books. I love to read it aloud in my library story times, and whenever a new baby enters my life, it's one of the first board books I give them. The pictures are bright and friendly, filled with color and interesting---but not overwhelming---detail. The text patters in the rollicking rhythm of a train, and the rhyme scheme never feels forced or awkward. Older listeners love to join in when the train hoots, "Whoo-whoo!" while younger listeners sometimes insist on hearing the story read as fast as possible, just for the joy of the rhythm. Don't be surprised if your child reads this book to tatters!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I gave this book to my 1 year old grandson for Valentines Day. He loved it. I think we had to read the book to him at least a dozen times that day and I'm sure his mommy and daddy have read it many more times since then.
picturebook-lover More than 1 year ago
After wearing out our first copy (paperback) of Chugga Chugga Choo Choo, we replaced it with the new boardbook format. Now this story is included with every baby shower gift. The story, pictures, and rhyme are engaging and fun for the reader and listener. After reading it a gazillion times, you get pretty good at the train whistle!
purplemama More than 1 year ago
We love this book at our house. The chugging of the engine and whoo of the train make it incredibly interactive. There are great pictures which inspire children to build their own train worlds. I strongly recommend this.
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I love this book! This was my son's favorite book. He loved trains and we use to read this book often. We would pretend we were pulling on the train horn and yell out "Choo-Choo" each time we read that part of the book. A MUST for train lovers!
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My son is 2 now and he loves this book. It was given to us as a gift from my aunt who has two younger children and it had been her son's favorite book. My son Connor has to have this book read to him each night before bed. My husband and I both enjoy it as well and even after an entire year of reading it each night we are not tired of it. The colors are great and all the additional fun things to pick out in the pictures are great.
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This book was given to my son around the age of 2 and he loved the bright illustrations, the rhythmic text, and the sound of the train that repeats through the book. I think it is a great book to read aloud to a child.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love childrens books, and as a parent and a nanny this is one book I think every child should experience! My son 18 mnths loves this book and loves to say chugga-chugga choo-choo while I read with him, then flip through on his own repeating the same phrase. I've given it as books to other children and they all love it as well. It's a great story with wonderful pictures. I can't say enough about it!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have given it for a gift several times also. My son just loved the rhymes and went about quoting it every day.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tag along with a little boy and his steam engine as they ¿chugga-chugga choo-choo¿ to the city on a very busy day. This engaging little board book, begs to be read repeatedly due to its wonderfully rhythmic prose and vibrantly animated illustrations. ¿Sun¿s up! Morning¿s here. Up and at ¿em, engineer. Chugga-chugga choo-choo, whistle blowing, Whoooooooo! Whoooooooo!¿ This book is actually a nighttime story, but my 11th month old is so enthralled by the vivid colors and musical beat that I read it to him after his naps. Oh, and not just for little boys, my four-year old niece adores this book. She asks for Chugga-chugga choo-choo and walks around afterwards saying Whoooooooo! Whoooooooo! A real winner! Birth and up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
He is 2 and walks around all day quoting the lines like 'job well done'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a favorite of my 2.5 yr old son and 4 yr old daughter. The rhyming makes the text easy to read over and over and the pictures are colorful and easy to search for items. I love it and highly recommend this book for your child's personal library!