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Clickety Clack

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  101 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
As the little black train goes from station to station, Driver Zach picks up more and more silly passengers. Everything's fine when the cars are just full of talking yaks and singing acrobats, but adding two packs of elephants -- not to mention the ducks dancing in the aisles! -- is enough to create pure mayhem. But Driver Zach is a very patient man...until a pair of pesky ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 26th 1999 by Viking Juvenile (first published January 1st 1999)
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Sep 08, 2016 Jess rated it liked it
September 2016 - train books, the world where nothing needs to make sense because your child only wants to look at trains. Yaks? Acrobats? Flat cars of unrestrained elephants? Bring it on. A nice rhythm for reading aloud, but your logical brain will cry.
Becky Martin
Clickety Clack is a great rhyming book for young readers. It is the story of a traveling circus on a train, and the animals and actors are hyper as they drive along the track. All of the illustrations are in solid colors, and the animals are given human characteristics. The book continues to add on each phrase to the next, until the conductor Zach yells for the animals and actors to be quiet. Then, all they can hear is the clickety clack against the track. The facial expressions given by all of ...more
I picked this up for my son because of his train obsession and it was funny because as soon as he saw the cover, he yells out “Clickety-Clack” and I was like “Wow, can he read that?” (he’s only 2 ½ ). Then I realized he probably has listened to it at daycare, and he said some of the repeating phrases along with me as I was reading the book. Needless to say, it was a huge hit with him. I enjoyed it too. I mean how can you not love a book with talking yaks, quacking ducks and mice who use ...more
Apr 20, 2012 Renee rated it really liked it
Summary: A train gets noisier and more crowded as quacking ducks, dancing acrobats, talking yaks, and packs of elephants board.

Good for Toddler and Preschool Story Classes for train theme.

It is a cumulative tale with a nice repetitive line at the end "Clickety clack, clickety clack." The text is short and has a nice rhythm to it which sounds like a song when read. Also has many rhymes with ack sound. I like the end in which the engineer yells at all the animals to keep the noise down. The read
Anna J.
Sep 18, 2013 Anna J. rated it liked it
Shelves: eng-261
Clickety Clack by Rob and Amy Spence is a story about a train packed full of animal passengers who are “going down the track, clickety clack, clickety clack.” The book’s rhythm and rhyme makes this story a fun read aloud for students. Students will also like looking at the colorful pages. This story is recommended by Barnes and Noble for children ages four to eight; however, I think younger children might even like listening to the story and looking at this colorful picture book.
Amie Anderson
Oct 02, 2013 Amie Anderson rated it liked it
Shelves: eng261
This is a fun rhyming picture book about animals and a conductor on a train. There is no obvious plot, but it is a fun read-aloud book for children ages 4-7. The pictures are very colorful and engaging. The genre could be humor or rhyming books and the theme could be animals. Although this book probably wouldn't be used in a classroom, kids and adults alike will enjoy it.
Engaging illustrations accompany the silly text in Clickety, Clack. As more and more animals board the train, the train gets noisier and noisier until the two mischievous culprits learn to tone it down.

Used for "No More Noise" Storytime: July, 2011.
Nov 04, 2014 Janey rated it really liked it
A fun book. We made it into a chant & would yell out the "quack quack quack" & "clickety clack". Then we would chant real quiet when the conductor wanted everyone to quiet down, but then we'd still yell out the "quacks" & "clickety clacks". Will have to add to our collection.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I wish there had been a bit more substance to this story, as I was really enjoying the "clickety clack" sounds as I read. Told in rhyme, it's a very bouncy, rhythmic read-aloud that I plan to use this week in my preschool story time.
Jennifer Conrad
Awesome book for repetition and rhyme! And if your kid loves trains as much as mine does, you'll want this book!
Becca Holcomb
Feb 01, 2011 Becca Holcomb added it
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This is one of my favorite stories of all times. It is such a good book for teaching rhyming to young learners.
Kena Kump
Dec 12, 2010 Kena Kump rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
The illustration of bears and animals will keep young kids 4-8 entertained. Rhyming pattern is fun and helps with phonics! Great
Mar 22, 2008 Virginia rated it it was amazing
I love this book! It's got a great rhythm to it for reading aloud. And it's perfect for a kiddo who is obsessed with trains.

A train gets noisier and more crowded as quacking ducks, dancing acrobats, talking yaks, and packs of elephants board.
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This was the very first manuscript I acquired.
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I really can relate to Driver Zach. :)
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