by Gordon Titcomb


An Autumn 2010 Kids' Indie Next List pick for "Inspired Recommendations for Kids from Indie Booksellers"

From PUBLISHERS WEEKLY - starred review:
" 'If you close your eyes and listen,/ you can almost hear the sound/ Of those big iron horses
rolling into town.'  Based on musician Titcomb's 2005 song, this stunning book both celebrates 
and eulogizes the golden era of railway travel." 

From BOOKLIST (American Library Assoc.)
"Train lovers will have reason to delight in musician Titcomb’s bittersweet song turned picture book."

"…A treasure for train enthusiasts…" 

From Elizabeth Bird, Fuze 8 Blog, (sponsored by School Library Journal)
"this next book is going to please every last train lover out there, and I’ll be putting it in my Christmas shopping bag for more than one person this upcoming holiday season."

“The mystique surrounding the iron horse still tugs at the imaginations and yearnings of young and old, and folk musician Titcomb taps that magic in lyrics that comprise the text for this book…. Minor… offer[s] playful touches in concert with the majestic.  Close-ups of pennies flattened on the tracks and authentic memorabilia, such as the sleeping kitten from an advertisement for the Chesapeake and Ohio, mingle with the monumental and somewhat surreal: a frontal view of a puffing engine, through which, on closer inspection, the lights of a town can be seen. Minor’s transparent touch conjures a convincing memory. With a list of railroad museum websites and train musings in an introduction by Arlo Guthrie and an endnote by the author, this book offers a loving ode to trains and avenues to pursue when the last page has been turned.”

From Railroad Fan magazine: Grand Scales Quarterly
“Gordon Titcomb, experienced studio musician and avid railfan, and Wendell Minor, award-winning illustrator and author, have done us a great favor. They have woven with lyric and pigment an incredibly rich story to share with our children or grandchildren…. There are only one or two sentences on each page. But every word carries such meaning that the illustrations rise off the page. Grownup and child will be able to hear the squeal of the wheels on the rails and see the steam rolling through the chilly air…. In the Forward we read, ‘The Last Train is a perfect song that captures the imagination of anyone who has stood along the railroad tracks in some little American town.’ This was written by Arlo Guthrie, the singer who told us about riding on “The City of New Orleans.”

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