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Jingle the Brass

3.46  ·  Rating Details  ·  35 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
"Climb aboard and ride the point!"

Step back in time to Ruby's rail-yard hash house and put on the nosebag with the boss hogger. He'll tell you he likes his eggs with headlights, but if you want scrambled, just order wreck on the main line. Follow him as he and his ashcat warm up engine number 417 at the roundhouse, give her a drink at the water tower, and then hitch her up
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 10th 2004 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Dec 17, 2012 Jon rated it it was ok
Shelves: childrens
As a time-traveling train engineer, I find life in the 21st century to be a bit difficult. Sometimes, when I'm reading a book to my child, I have to look up every other word. Sure, I know what an iPord is now, but there are times that I just want to be able to understand a book all the way through. It doesn't happen often.

Then I found "Jingle The Brass" in a pile of books that my 21st century wife had deemed "unreadable." I casually opened it and...WHAT A FIND! Not only is the book devoid of sto
Dec 14, 2015 Janae rated it really liked it
Shelves: kid-lit
Great for the kid who wants to know everything about trains! This has all the train lingo: "Ashcat" - person who stokes the fire; "Gandy Dancers": track workers; and about 40 other train terms!
The Brothers
Feb 05, 2016 The Brothers rated it really liked it
An very fun story about how the railroads used to be - full of old time slang.

Excellent illustrations.
Jun 08, 2014 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Cute book, great illustrations, and fun jargon (in text explanations/context clues as well as a glossary in the back).
Jim Sibigtroth
Aug 23, 2015 Jim Sibigtroth rated it liked it
Slang related to early railroad lingo.
Dec 23, 2011 Matthew rated it really liked it
This book does a pretty good job of bringing train jargon into some understandable context though at times it seemed as though fitting in some new phrase trumped the quality of the story. I liked it anyway. It's a book worth having in the collection for the children that live and die by trains. If nothing else, it gives them a reprieve from the nonfiction texts that are so plentiful on the topic.
Jun 16, 2012 Jen rated it it was ok
My boys picked this book out because they like trains, but when the reader of the book has to be looking up very other word to see what kind of locomotive/train slang is being used, it turns out to be a chore to read and not something pleasurable.
Nov 08, 2008 Tricia rated it really liked it
narrated from perspective of a steam train engineer, this book provides historical perspective of trains in the 1920s. includes so much jargon that a glossary is part of the book. girls enjoyed it (twice) as did resident train buff.
Jan 20, 2013 Teri rated it really liked it
Shelves: trains
Fun! Dad really enjoyed reading this railroad lingo with our kids and describing to them how a steam engine works. We're excited to read it with our retired railroad engineer uncle this week.
Colin E.c.
Um. I love trains. You love trains just like me. Some cousins do too. I love you.
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