Hey Mr. Choo-choo, Where Are You Going?
As a train takes daytrippers from the station to the seashore, a friendly, rhythmic interrogation unfolds. Debut author Wickberg posits the first question as a kind of catchy salute: â€œHey Mr. Choo-choo,/ Red, white, and blue-choo,/ Hey Mr. Choo-Choo,/ What are you doing?â€ Over the course of the journey, the questions get more specific (â€œWhat are you pulling?â€ â€œWhat are you seeing?â€), and the train offers up a kind of cadenced running commentary as it chugs along: â€œThere's a long-long-tunnel./ Got my light-light-light./ In the dark-dark-dark/ I can see all right.â€ Heo's (Henry's First-Moon Birthday ) childlike paint, pencil and collage spreads take perspectives ranging from maplike to close up, while her approach varies from the stunningly graphic (as when the train crosses a trestle bridge that spans the walls of a canyon) to dreamy, gravity-defying playful. Even the most restless young railroad enthusiasts will find themselves glued to these pages. Ages 2-up. (Apr.)
Release date: 04/01/2008