In The Dark Tower 3 there is a children’s book called Charlie the Choo Choo, written by Beryl Evans that Jake buys and then reads to the others. Now, this is the book that’s been plucked from The Dark Tower 3 and released as a stand-alone book. Original done as promotion for the upcoming The Dark Tower movie in a very limited way but now released to anyone who wishes to read it. The text is exactly the same as the one in The Dark Tower 3 (I have compared) so even though it’s released now it’s not something new.
The cover is illustrated by Ned Dameron and the interior is done by Columbia TriStar Marketing group based on Dameron’s cover art. And I must say that they have done a really good job. If you don’t know it’s not Dameron’s art you could easily believe it is.
The story is about Engineer Bob discovering that his train, Charlie is actually alive. They become good friends and are both devastated when Charlie is forced to retire to make room for a newer model. But fear not, Charlie gets to be the hero and is brought back from retirement when the book ends.
Charlie the Choo Choo plays a big part in The Dark Tower saga and I think that if you have read those books you’ll see a scarier Charlie than you would if you only read this book. Because this is a children’s book, I do believe you could easily read this to your kid without giving him or her too many nightmares. And you can definitely read it without having read The Dark Tower books. From this book’s point of view, it might even be better if you haven’t.