and the train goes ...
by William Bee
My husband hates this book, calling it monotonous and silly, but it's about trains, which means my son loves it. And it features vintage-looking art, which means I love it too. Sorry, honey.
There's a breezy, rhythmic onomotopoia to the lines, which mimic the noises one might hear on a late 19th-Century train ride:
Here are the businessmen off to the city,
and they shout,
"Faster, faster! Time is money, time is money ..."
and the train goes,
clickerty-click, clickerty-clack ...
Of course, the people chattering and even chickens clucking also echo the trains' movements, and ends with the ultimate mimicry--that of the station's parrot. Hope you've practiced your funny voices!
The digitally rendered art looks like an elaborate cartoon set in the Victorian era, with plump caricatures of people set inside open train cars beneath bright canopies. There's a dash of Orientalism in the many stylistic details, and a palette of bold primary colors, all busily vying for our attention.
Bee might've toyed with the format some, making the pages unfold into one long choo-choo, but it works well as is. This is a super-quick read, fun for when you're tired of longer stories but must cave into requests for "just one more."