Whoosh and Chug!

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Chug the little engine works hard, carefully carrying heavy freight. Whoosh, the passenger train, laughs at Chug and calls him a slowpoke. But one day, going too fast leads Whoosh into terrible danger. Can Chug come to the rescue? Go, Chug, go!

Sebastien Braun's simple, engaging text and bright, appealing artwork make the delightful story of little Chug's determination—and triumph—perfect for the youngest of readers.

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Overview

Chug the little engine works hard, carefully carrying heavy freight. Whoosh, the passenger train, laughs at Chug and calls him a slowpoke. But one day, going too fast leads Whoosh into terrible danger. Can Chug come to the rescue? Go, Chug, go!

Sebastien Braun's simple, engaging text and bright, appealing artwork make the delightful story of little Chug's determination—and triumph—perfect for the youngest of readers.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
05/19/2014
The idea that slow and steady wins the race doesn’t only apply to tortoises and hares—it also holds true for trains. First published in the U.K. in 2012, Braun’s story follows two earlier vehicular buddy tales, Toot and Pop! and Digger and Tom! Chug the engine “works hard collecting and delivering heavy freight,” while Whoosh, a passenger train, loves to speed down the track; after Whoosh races into an area that’s being worked on, Chug comes to the rescue. While the overall feel is that of a generic cousin to Thomas the Tank Engine, Braun’s clean, telegraphic illustrations and bright palette have plenty of eye-catching appeal on their own. Ages 4–8. Agency: The Bright Agency. (June)
Booklist
The story’s simplicity and positive messages travel it a good distance.
School Library Journal
05/01/2014
PreS-Gr 1—Whoosh is a sleek, fast passenger train who rushes past Chug, a small, cautious freight train. Hurtling at breakneck speed, Whoosh pays no heed to his danger signal and ignores his "slowpoke" pal's warning of trouble on the track ahead. While waiting patiently at the light, Chug hears cries of distress, and he helps by carefully clearing the tracks. Thanking his friend, Whoosh remarks, "You might have to work slowly, but you are very quick to come to the rescue!" Braun's characters are brightly hued with big round eyes, smiling faces, and rosy cheeks. The straightforward text conveys Chug's determination and perseverance. Train fans will enjoy this tale of a steady little engine who triumphs.—Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada
Kirkus Reviews
2014-03-17
Braun introduces another pair of machine pals in his latest, following Toot and Pop (2012) and Digger and Tom (2013). Chug is a hardworking little engine who uses his two cars and his crane to collect and deliver freight. He may not be fast, but he is careful and dependable. Whoosh is a passenger train who sometimes pokes fun at Chug, calling him a slowpoke. Readers follow Chug on his rounds as he goes "into the forest… / past the lake… / and through the tunnel." He comes to a stop at a junction, where the signal box tells him there's danger ahead. While the patient engine waits and waits for the light to turn green, the impetuous Whoosh flies by. When a rock slide and a hole in the bridge trap the larger engine, it's Chug who comes to the rescue, passing the still-red light to methodically remove the rocks and free Whoosh, who promises to pay better attention. Whoosh thanks Chug for being such a good pal, but since their friendship was not established at the beginning, their bond seems a little shallow—the relationship seems mostly to consist of Whoosh's harping on Chug's slowness, both before and after the rescue. Braun's digital illustrations are bright, bold and clean; they combine with the ever-popular subject of trains to grab readers' attention, but the story within won't hold it. This Thomas wannabe is eminently skippable. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062077547
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/27/2014
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 637,124
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Sebastien Braun studied fine arts in Strasbourg, France, and he is the author of many picture books, including I Love My Daddy and two books in this series, Toot and Pop! and Digger and Tom! Mr. Braun lives with his wife in London, England. You can visit him online at www.sebastienbraun.com.

Sebastien Braun studied fine arts in Strasbourg, France, and he is the author of many picture books, including I Love My Daddy and two books in this series, Toot and Pop! and Digger and Tom! Mr. Braun lives with his wife in London, England. You can visit him online at www.sebastienbraun.com.

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