The Resource I'm fast!
- I'm fast!
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- Kate & Jim McMullan
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- I am fast!
- Preschool-Grade 1 With a “Vrrrrrrrrrrrrrrum,” a red sports car challenges a train engine to a race. But first the train loads lumber on the flatcar, bricks in the gondola, steel on the coil car, gas in the tank car, and gravel in the hopper. Once the engine builds up speed, there is no stopping him. He takes tunnels through mountains and warns cows off the track. Even city traffic (including the red car) halts while he chugs to his destination. The mighty engine politely offers the sports car a ride back. On the checkerboard endpapers and throughout the story, the engine is Mr. Personality: big, confident, and friendly. The text moves along in a satisfying way, though interruptions can be expected, as kids stop the action to identify the cars and their contents again and again. Featuring big, bold images, the artwork creates a strong thrust from left to right in nearly every scene while adding plenty of variation and visual interest along the way. Train fans will love this. -- Phelan, Carolyn (Reviewed 12-15-2011) (Booklist, vol 108, number 8, p59)
- PreS-Gr 2 — Another surefire hit from this team about bold and brassy power-driven vehicles. Speed, not brawn, is the operative theme here as a freight train engine ("Chooka chooka chooka chooka") takes on a fancy red sports car's challenge ("VVRROOOOOMMMMMMMM") to race all the way from Sacramento to Chicago. Every inch of the spreads brims with color and energy as the vehicles hurtle cross-country, the train engine narrating the journey in simple, forceful language perfectly matched by expressive, large-font text that zooms and dances across the pages. Despite a full load of freight, desert heat, cows on the tracks, and a blizzard, the train whips past the coupe stopped at a railroad crossing and coasts into the Windy City first. In a sportsmanlike denouement, the roadster takes up the train's practical suggestion to hitch a ride back to Sacramento and is shown happily ensconced on the "auto-rack" car on the back jacket illustration. Clearly labeled names and functions of the many kinds of freight cars are embedded within the narrative, making this title a natural sequel to Donald Crews's classic Freight Train (Greenwillow, 1978). In a world of frequent fliers, this title is certain to pique the interest and imagination of young children as to the everyday workings of freight trains—and it takes them on a highly entertaining ride, too.—Kathleen Finn, St. Francis Xavier School, Winooski, VT --Kathleen Finn (Reviewed January 1, 2012) (School Library Journal, vol 57, issue 13, p81)
- The husband-and-wife team behind I Stink! and I’m Big! return to their vehicular roots as Red, a sports car, challenges a blue train to a race to Chicago. Loaded up with gravel, coils of steel, ice cream bars, and pizza fixings, the train speeds along, exuding cockiness. Reading like a blues refrain, the text chugs along with the gestural friends: “Wheels on the rails, all night long,/ Racin’ and a-rumblin’ the freight train song—/ Chooka chooka chooka chooka.” It’s a rip-roaring ride for the automotive obsessed. Ages 4–8. Agent: Holly McGhee, Pippin Properties. (Jan.) --Staff (Reviewed December 19, 2011) (Publishers Weekly, vol 258, issue 51, p)
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