Light returns to the format of his 2008 Trucks Go in a stylish board book with a squat, wide trim size that mimics its subject matter: trains of all varieties. Two things vie for attention in each spread: Light’s blithe, loose watercolor portraits of the trains that speed across the pages, and the boisterous noises that each of the trains makes, which appear in big, brightly colored fonts. A vintage blue and black streamliner goes “wo wooo woooooo,” a TGV-speed train whooshes past, and an old steam train makes a “clang, clang, clang, toot toot!” Each of Light’s trains has a distinct personality, and locomotive lovers will clang, chug, and puff along with them as they make their way along the tracks. Up to age 3. (Feb.)
From the Publisher
"A magical combination of great train sounds and stellar art." - Elizabeth Birds, A Fuse #8 Production/School Library Journal Blog"
There's more than just "choo-choo" along this track" - Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review"
Energetic" - School Library Journal"
Each of Light's trains has a distinct personality, and locomotive lovers will clang, chug, and puff along with them" - Publishers Weekly
Children's Literature - Suzanne Javid
Down by the station early in the morning, see eight noisy trains ready to go. All aboard! Chugga-chugga, zoom-zoom, toot-toot, and off they go. There's even a puffer belly. A puffer belly? Perhaps more commonly referred to as an old steam engine; this train goes clang, clang, clang, and toot-toot. The puffs of smoke from the engine can't be missed as the illustrations are done in deep, strong colors with black outlines against a white background. See the freight train squeaking along and the streamliner woo-wooing. Act out the illustrations of the mountain train as it slowly trip-trap, puff-puffs up and through the mountains. Be taken back by the two-page spread of the speed train as it whooooosshhhhhes along. There is even a big steam train moving through with a chugga-chugga, choo-chooooo. Finally, the great, red caboose illustrated with a brakeman standing in the rear. Clickity-clack, clickity-clack, ding, ding, ding. This 12 inch by 6 inch book has sixteen pages with trains appearing to be in motion by extraordinary watercolor illustrations by the author, also a teacher and professional storyteller. A good size glossy board book for toddlers who will love imitating the train sounds. The two foot page spreads of the opened book make it very different and very appealing. Readers and their audience will have fun reading this energetic, action and sound oriented book. A unique book design using a single, simple theme. Smile, laugh, whistle, choo-choo and enjoy again and again. The highest of fives for this one. Reviewer: Suzanne Javid
School Library Journal
PreS-K—Powerful trains travel over elongated pages in this lively board book. The simple story line will appeal to preschoolers and follows a procession of seven types of trains and a caboose. Each one has its own spread and produces a unique sound. Young listeners will hear the "SQUEAK CLANG TING BING BING BING" of the freight train and the "TRIP TRAP FUFF PUFF" of the mountain train. On repeated readings, children can join in on these repetitive lines and replicate the sounds. Placement of the energetic text varies, giving the book a sense of motion. Watercolor artwork is eye-catching and can be easily seen by children seated in small groups. Plenty of white space surrounds heavy black-line tracks and boldly colored cars. Details emphasize the shapes of different trains. Packaged similarly to Light's Trucks Go (Chronicle, 2008), Trains Go is a worthy addition to toddler/preschool transportation lessons.—Lynn Vanca, Freelance Librarian, Akron, OH
There's more than just "choo-choo" along this track. Eight different trains capture attention with their dramatic sounds. The engines (from the freight to the diesel) exude an exuberant variety of "bings," "wo woos" and "zoooshes" as their speed intensifies. Onomatopoeia distinguishes one example from the next; the old steam train "toots" along while the big steam train "chuggas" with a vengeance. For all the apparently straightforward approach, Light indulges in some sly whimsy, too. Echoing the Billy Goats Gruff and repeating for emphasis, the "mountain train goes, / TRIP TRAP FUFF PUFF / TRIP TRAP FUFF PUFF / TRIP TRAP FUFF PUFF/ TRIP TRAP FUFF PUFF!" The elongated pages allow each train to stretch out magisterially. People take a back seat to the machines; the occasional conductor remains a distant and darkened figure. Variations in font accent each pointed syllable. Frantic lines push the cars to a formidable speed, and loose watercolor splashes explode with visual intensity. Sheer, fabulous power. (Board book. 1-3)