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by Petr Horáček
Choo-choo! The train is ready to leave. Turn the shaped pages and join in with all the noises the train makes as it travels through the woods, over the bridge, into the tunnel - and all the way to the seaside.
Board book, 16 pages
Published November 5th 2007 by Candlewick Press
(first published May 5th 2007)
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Aug 14, 2008 Katie rated it it was amazing
The day I brought this home, we read it at least 6 times. The chunky cut-out pages are easy for little hands to turn, and the bright bold paintings are quite captivating. The text is simple, yet very dynamic, thanks to the action words (CHOO CHOO; CLACK CLACK; PUFF PUFF). Of Horacek's recent board book series (Beep Beep; Bird, Fly High) this is my favorite. The illustrations are more appealing, and the text reads more naturally and lends itself easier to elaboration and dialogue.
My son threw this book into our bag at the library a few weeks ago and I checked it out with some reservations, thinking that at 27 months he might be getting beyond the chunky board book stage. Turns out I was mistaken. He likes the simple text. The book has only a few words on each page, and I think at this point my kiddo has the book memorized. He always says the words of the last couple of pages along with me. He also really likes that the book's pages are cut out to match the scenery. The t ...more
I don't write enough reviews of children's books but I wanted to take a minute to say how truly delightful "Choo choo" is. It's enjoyable for boys and girls alike and there is so much to talk about in Horacek's illustrations. The pages are fun to turn, the words are fun to read. It''s one of the few books I recommend for kids going through a train phase (no parts or characters to memorize!) We've had it for 9 years and it still delights.
Sep 09, 2011 Amanda rated it really liked it · review of another edition
My 20 month old daughter LOVES this book. I cannot count how many times we've read it. She's always been fascinated with the trains near our house and said "woo-woo" when she heard them, but after this book, it is "dhoo-dhoo!" Just a few easy words per page, bright illustrations and peek-through cutouts really make it great for busy toddlers. I'd buy it since she loves it so much, but I know their tastes change quickly at this age.
Liam loves this little book. It's fun to find the ball at the end, and they love the pages with the holes cut out for the tunnels. We read it numerous times each day. And fun sounds of the train and cutouts of the countryside.
Sep 27, 2008 Lucia rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents/teachers of babies and toddlers
Recommended to Lucia by: library
A great board book for read-aloud!! I love the way the pages are cut out to make it easier to turn the pages, and yet were part of the scenery/illustrations.
Petr Horáček is the author-illustrator of LOOK OUT, SUZY GOOSE and SILLY SUZY GOOSE, as well as RUN, MOUSE, RUN!; BIRD, FLY HIGH; A NEW HOUSE FOR MOUSE; and STRAWBERRIES ARE RED. He lives in England.More about Petr Horáček...