Saturday, October 07, 2017

Choo Choo

Choo Choo. Virginia Lee Burton. 1937/2017. HMH. 48 pages. [Source: Review copy]

First sentence: Once upon a time there was a little engine. Her name was CHOO CHOO. She was a beautiful little engine. All black and shiny.

Premise/plot: Choo Choo was originally published in 1937. The original illustrations by Virginia Lee Burton have been colorized by Lauren Pettapiece. Choo Choo is the story of a little engine who is a bit naughty. What does she do that is naughty? She decides one day that she does NOT want to pull cars anymore--she wants to run free and go where she wants. This doesn't work out well for her!!!

My thoughts: I haven't decided if Choo Choo is more or less naughty than Thomas the Tank Engine. I do know that I like this one. The text is quite enjoyable. It is a bit text-heavy so this one might be great for train lovers with a longer attention span. (Freight Train is light on text, Choo Choo is NOT.) But the illustrations are what really make this one so delightful.

Text: 4 out of 5
Illustrations: 5 out of 5
Total: 9 out of 10
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