This book is an illustrated version of a song written by Steve Goodman, and made popular by Arlo Guthrie. The illustrations are done in scratchboard (looks like linoleum block) by Michael McCurdy.
My 5-year-old pulled this book off the shelves, enchanted by the big train on the front cover. The illustrations are fabulous throughout, and seem very true to the text. Unfortunately, the song lyrics did little to captivate my young literary critic. As much as we enjoyed the maps, and the absorbing pictures of life along the rail line, we were both kind of relieved when we came to the end of the book. The Train They Call the City of New Orleans is not really a children's song, and, while this is a devoted rendering of the song, it did not strike me as a children's book. -- Juno