Clickety Clack (Picture Puffins)

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9780140568295: Clickety Clack (Picture Puffins)

A little black train goes down the track. Clickety clack, clickety clack. There are chatting yaks, seven tumbling acrobats, a troupe of ducks going quack quack quack, and even some elephants on the little black train going down the track. With each new stop, the train gets more and more crowded, and noisier and noisier. Unfortunately for Driver Zach, two little mice give him a headache attack! This bright and colorful ride is packed with rhymes that will have even the littlest passengers chiming along.

"The words bounce along to the rhythm of a train on its way, and the swell of the sound effects makes this a joy to read aloud."
-Kirkus Reviews

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PreSchool-Grade 2-The Spences build their story around tried-and-true motifs. As "A little black train goes down the track./Clickety clack, clickety clack," more and more passengers are added, ? la John Burningham's Mr. Gumpy's Motorcar (Crowell, 1976), and the noise level increases as well, ? la Ann McGovern's Too Much Noise (Houghton, 1967). The first passengers are talking yaks, who are joined by singing acrobats, quacking ducks, and a few stomping elephants for good measure. When two mice set off fireworks, the engineer has had enough and threatens to turn the train around. Properly chastened, the whole menagerie quiets down and the book trails off with just the "clickety clack" of the wheels. The action is set to a driving rhyme scheme. Spengler's richly hued paintings make the most of the humorous situations. The double-page spreads are crammed with roly-poly characters. The ending is a bit of a downer in that the travelers all look so sad after the engineer yells at them, in marked contrast to the good time they were having.
Judith Gloyer, Milwaukee Public Library
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews:

A train load of wild and wacky animals gets so noisy that the engineer has to shout to get them to quiet down. The little black train picks up yaks, acrobats, a troupe of ducks, and stomping elephants as passengers. But when two mice that are in to fireworks climb aboard, the engineer threatens to stop the whole train. `` `Keep it down!' yells Driver Zach. `You're giving me a headache attack!' '' Everyone quickly hushes up, and soon, ``the only sound you hear, in fact,/is the sound of the wheels on the railroad track. Clickety clack, clickety clack.'' The words bounce along to the rhythm of a train on its way, and the swell of the sound effects makes this a joy to read aloud. Spengler's robust illustrations capture an antic cast of passengers, conveying the action as much through composition as color. (Picture book. 4-8) -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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