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A Train Goes Clickety-Clack

3.5  ·  Rating details ·  158 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
Trains are fast. Trains are sleek. Trains make wonderful sounds as the wheels clatter, boilers hiss, and couplings clang. This playful picture book captures the excitement of trains through evocative language and vibrant illustrations. A little boy and his family are on a special train ride that can't be missed!

A Children's Book-of-the-Month Club Selection
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 4th 2007 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Mar 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
Okay, it sucks that all the train personnel are men, except for a stewardess. Why can't I find a train book featuring trains for toddlers with female trains or women conductors or engineers? Trains are big with toddlers. Anyway. It did have babywearing in the book on multiple pages, and there were women in the book (as passengers).
Feb 14, 2017 rated it liked it
An introductory picture book on trains with sound effects and London's colorful palette.
My almost-two-year old enjoyed this train book. The primary colors are appealing, and the train clearly looks like a train (which is important for a toddler who doesn't really grasp more abstract illustrations). The rhythm doesn't always flow perfectly for me when I am reading it out loud, but the sound effects seemed to please my son. We discovered that there is a little yellow bird somewhere on every page, so looking for that bird as we read is a fun side game.
I was excited to find this one at the library because A Truck Goes Rattley Bumpa is one of Santi's all-time favorites, and the one he continues to recite every. single. time. we go over a bump on the road, enter a parking lot, cross railroad tracks, etc. But this one? Not as good for either of us, even though it involves ZOMG TRAINS.
Jul 18, 2014 rated it liked it
My five-year-old son picked out this book from the library this week. This book has a red spine and he wanted to check out red books.

Because of how this book is illustrated, I thought the all the action was taking place on a model train table. That would have improved this not very exciting story.

Aug 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
My 2 year old loved this book since about 16 months old or so and still really enjoys reading it. It is my favorite train book for the fact that it has bright colors and fun sounds for you to read along with the story.
Sha-Quita Jordan
Jan 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: things-that-go
I really enjoyed reading this book. The rhyming text describe the sounds of, and uses for, different kinds of trains. I recommend this book because it is easy-to-read and the illustrations are in bright colors.
Jan 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-books
If you have a little boy - you will love this book. It is perfect - lot's of pictures of trains, not too many words, and onomatopoeia (yep - I looked that one up for spelling accuracy) for making sound effects!
Apr 18, 2013 rated it liked it
A rhyming read aloud that includes train-specific vocabulary and vibrant gouache illustrations to showcase the different features of trains.

All of the sound words make this a fun read that informs. Overall, a great introductory picture book about trains that incites interest in the subject.
Misty D
Jul 03, 2010 rated it liked it
This is a wonderful book of train opposites. Some trains go fast and others go slow. Children enjoy learning differences and what better way than a book about trains. I really think with brilliant colors in the illustrations this book is sure to have any child interested.
Aug 18, 2010 rated it liked it
Many kinds of trains are in this book.
This book is a great read-aloud story book complete with all the train noises.
I liked the mix of modern and vintage trains used in this story. Simple rhyming text with lots of great sounds and bright illustrations make this a great choice for toddlers.
Damera Blincoe
Used this book for transportation storytime.
Feb 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: storytime, trains
Another good book for a baby storytime with a train theme. Deals with opposites Although the ending is a bit sudden.
Nov 15, 2012 rated it liked it
About the noises of the train. The pictures tell a story, but not so much the words.
Kelly Rae
Oct 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: storytime
storytime - trains!
Sep 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
My son loves this book so I had to give it at least 4 stars. I love the onomatopoeia in it, but twice the rhyming seemed forced...including the last page.
May 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture, pre-school
A simple rhyming train book. I used this with an "On the Move" story time for preschoolers-kids love making train noises!
Jan 25, 2011 rated it it was ok
One to One review. Too simple. Better for the very young
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Jonathan London is the author of several celebrated children's books. His commitment to honoring the wonders of the natural world has been lauded by readers and critics alike. He is the author of more than 70 children's books, many of which are about nature. He's also the author of the popular Froggy series. He lives in Graton, California with his wife and two sons.
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