Clackety Track: Poems about Trains (Hardcover)

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By Skila Brown, Jamey Christoph (Illustrator)
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There are plenty of books on trains for all ages, but Clackety Track by Skila Brown is one to add to the bookshelf. With illustrations by Jamey Christoph this picture book takes a look at several types of trains (some to be sure not seen in a picture book before) and all told in poetry form.  For those wanting some extra facts on trains, the last pages give some more interesting details.

— Karen R


Queue up for a whistle-stop tour of trains of all kinds, narrated in lively verse and featuring dynamic retro artwork.

Rows of grooves, cables, and bars.
Graffiti rockin’ out the cars.
A badge of rust. A proud oil stain.
There’s nothin’ plain about a train.

Trains of all shapes and sizes are coming down the track — bullet train, sleeper train, underground train, zoo train, and more. All aboard! Skila Brown’s first-class poems, as varied as the trains themselves, reflect the excitement of train travel, while Jamey Christoph’s vintage-style illustrations provide a wealth of authentic detail to pore over.

About the Author

Skila Brown has an MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is the author of two young adult novels and the picture book Slickety Quick: Poems about Sharks, illustrated by Bob Kolar. Skila Brown lives in Indiana.

Jamey Christoph has illustrated numerous picture books. His illustrations have also appeared in the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and elsewhere. He lives in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.

Praise For…

A poetry book for the early-elementary train lover looking for some clever verbiage to complement the cabooses. It's no mean feat to conjure up an original train book for kids, but, by gum, Brown and Christoph manage it...The overall package is a beautiful gift for locomotive lovers. A book unafraid to go on beyond choo-choo.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Not all of the poems rhyme, but each piece reflects the trains’ characteristics with their words, use of space, and design. Illustrator Christoph has created a beautiful homage to the world of trains with bright colors and bold double-page images...This title is a must-have for train aficionados.
—School Library Journal (starred review)

Reflecting the changing moods of the poems, Christoph’s expressive digital artwork includes spare, beautifully composed scenes as well as others with interesting details for kids to discover. Some of the broad, double- page illustrations suggest period settings, but most have a timeless look. A slender, handsome volume celebrating trains.

The midcentury modernity of Jamey Christoph’s pictures give a nice retro touch to this good-natured appreciation.
—The Wall Street Journal
Product Details
ISBN: 9780763690472
ISBN-10: 0763690473
Publisher: Candlewick
Publication Date: March 12th, 2019
Pages: 32
Language: English
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