charlie-the-choo-chooIf you love Stephen King‘s ‘The Dark Tower‘ and looking for horror novels for a younger crowd with truly unique tales, then you’ll love the idea of ‘Charlie The Choo-Choo’! Obviously with King involved, this won’t be your standard kid’s train engine tale. Fans of ‘The Dark Tower’ may recognize the author’s name as the same as a character in the book, but if that didn’t tip you off, the endorsement from King himself on the front cover should have given a clue. “If I were ever to write a children’s book, it would be just like this!”


Honestly, though, you can’t help but be amused that King would take the time to do this because, why wouldn’t he? It’s a fun way to expand upon ‘The Dark Tower’ in time for the movie to be released. Of course, knowing King he could pump out another 2-3 full-length novels about Roland and his Ka’tet before the film was released.

The novel follows Bob the Engineer and his train Charlie who is secretly alive and with King behind it, you know that nothing is going to be what it seems and nothing good is in store for the main characters. One thing that I can tell you for sure, while I plan on adding this to my library I’m not fully sure that I’ll be letting the kiddos read it anytime soon.

Are you planning on picking up ‘Charlie the Choo-Choo’? Is Stephen King just having fun with us now or has he finally lost his grip on sanity? Share your thoughts below!


Engineer Bob has a secret: His train engine, Charlie the Choo-Choo, is alive…and also his best friend. From celebrated author Beryl Evans and illustrator Ned Dameron comes a story about friendship, loyalty, and hard work.

‘Charlie The Choo-Choo’ is due out in bookstores on November 22nd, 2016!

Source: Nerdist

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Stuart Conover is an author, blogger, and all around geek. When not busy being a father and husband he tries to spend as much time as possible immersed in comic books, science fiction, and horror! Would you like to know more? Follow him on Twitter!