Clackety Track, poems about trains, Skila Brown, illustrated by Jamey Christoph, Candlewick Press, 2019.
Isbn 9780763690472,hb, $24.99
Older readers who love trains is the target of this poetry book about trains.
The opening double page spread introduces the reader to a wide selection of trains, all ready to depart on the respective rail journey.
The book then goes into detail on each subsequent set of double pages to describe or highlight the role each train will take as well as other things rail related.
Just as each type of train is different to another, so are the poems and text layout that accompany them.
Probably my favourite poem is actually about the tracks that are so important for all the trains, no matter how large or small. This poem, when read out loud, is reminiscent of the movement and sounds one would feel when riding onboard a train.
Christoph’s illustrations add an extra depth to the text and on most of the pages feature a child or two that the reader can relate to. The colourful zoo illustrations are a delight.
At the end there are some rail definitions to help those who are unfamiliar with words such as ballast as well as further train information.
My one concern is that this book is really geared to the readers of the U.S.A. and so some of the information such as comparing the laying of transit train tracks end to end to the distance of New York to Chicago would not mean a lot to an Australian child.