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Thursday, 7 March 2019

Review: Clackety Track: Poems About Trains

The flow of Clackety Track: Poems About Trains transports readers on a rhythmical journey along tracks, through towns, into stations and deep underground.

From the sleek speed of the bullet train, to the chug of steam engines, to the peaceful poetry of the sleeper, Skila Brown employs a range of poetic styles and devices to create distinct imagery with every poem.

Jamey Christoph's illustrations create a lively sense of movement and the wind whistling by.

You can almost hear delighted squeals emanating from the zoo train and the cacophony of the big brass band as the grand train rolls into town.

Brown plays with alliteration, assonance and onomatopoeia, utilising a selection of rhyming schemes, while Christoph's illustrations work seamlessly with the text to create shape poetry and a feeling of nostalgia for train travel.

The book concludes with a collection of carriages, each one filled with fascinating facts about trains.

Title: Clackety Track: Poems About Trains
Author: Skila Brown
Illustrator: Jamey Christoph
Publisher: Candlewick Press, $24.99
Publication Date: 1 March 2019
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780763690472
For ages: 5+
Type: Poetry Picture Book


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