Choo Choo Clickety-Clack! by Margaret Mayo, illustrated by Alex Ayliffe
Rating: 5 stars
This book is like an old friend to Lorelei and Ben. Ok, I realize that "old" is quite relative because we're talking about a 3 1/2 and 2 year old here...but we check it out from the library every few months, and they are always excited to see it. We've read all of Margaret Mayo's books (click here to read my reviews of her books); they have the same pattern in the poem, so it's familiar to them for many reasons.
This one is so great, especially for Ben, who is crazy about anything with wheels and/or makes sounds when it goes. (So inspired is he by big trucks, he often beeps when backing up!) In this book, trains speed, airplanes fly, cars drive, race cars race, sailboats sail, hot air balloons float, motorbikes rev, bikes whiz, cable cars climb, buses go, and ferryboats load. The book ends with nightfall, which of course I love and appreciate, when all the vehicles rest (and we find them in their "resting spots" across the page).
Maybe some parents are careful with their books, but we are definitely not, despite the fact that it pains me to see a ripped page or a book shoved off a table thoughtlessly. We believe that it's best to just hand over the books to our kids as much as possible, so they have the thrill of turning the page--or turning back a page--themselves. These books written by Mayo are so great that theywill definitely be read again and again and again, so the sturdier the pages, the better!