Whoosh and Chug by Sebastien Braun (2012)

With train fans as nephews I’ve spent more than my fair share of time in the company of Thomas the Tank Engine. Any new train picture book I read inevitably in my head gets compared to the canon of Thomas. Whoosh and Chug stands up to these lofty heights admirably. It has similar themes of disaster fixed by a sensible train, although thankfully there is no use of the phrase “Really useful engine”.

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In a nutshell, we have a fast and risk-seeking train, Whoosh, who ignores a red light and finds himself on the cusp of disaster. Luckily his fearless and risk-averse friend, Chug, saves the day. Some good classic train-filled fun. Train-lovers will ask for this one over and over.

Check out Whoosh and Chug at Auckland Libraries.

Or buy Whoosh and Chug from Fisphond.

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