Whoosh and Chug!

Whoosh and Chug! illus. by Sebastien Braun. 32p. HarperCollins/Harper. Jun. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780062077547.
PreS-Gr 1—Whoosh is a sleek, fast passenger train who rushes past Chug, a small, cautious freight train. Hurtling at breakneck speed, Whoosh pays no heed to his danger signal and ignores his "slowpoke" pal's warning of trouble on the track ahead. While waiting patiently at the light, Chug hears cries of distress, and he helps by carefully clearing the tracks. Thanking his friend, Whoosh remarks, "You might have to work slowly, but you are very quick to come to the rescue!" Braun's characters are brightly hued with big round eyes, smiling faces, and rosy cheeks. The straightforward text conveys Chug's determination and perseverance. Train fans will enjoy this tale of a steady little engine who triumphs.—Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada
In Braun's take on the merits of the familiar "slow and steady" maxim, Chug is a little train engine who's teased for his careful ways until they enable him to rescue the larger, hastier engine, Whoosh. The simple text pulls its weight well enough, but it's the cheery digital illustrations, with bold lines and pure, bright colors, that will quickly win over young train aficionados.

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