Children's LiteratureAuthor Crunk has written an entertaining, funny book about Lonesome Bob and Granny Apple Fritter who board Railroad John's train for a trip to Red Rock, where Lonesome Bob will marry Wildcat Annie. He must be there by 2:00 p.m. sharp because Wildcat Annie waits for no one. Railroad John guarantees that the train will arrive on time because he has never been late once in forty years. But along the way, unforeseen things happen. Bad Bill stops the train and asks for coal for his fire-breathing palomino. Now the train will not run, but Granny's Apple Fritter Chili-Pepper Corn Pone Muffins save the day. They are placed in the train's firebox and everyone is on their way again. Next, the bridge up ahead is washed out, but the train is saved by Lonesome Bob's guitar-box strings lasso. The train is late by twenty-two minutes, but Railroad John says he will make up the time. The adventure goes on with a swirling, swooping storm that lifts up the train and sets it down at the Red Rock station at 1:59. Lonesome Bob makes it on time, but Wildcat Annie is nowhere to be seen. All ends well when Annie rides up on her horse, carrying the coal Bad Bill stole, and then she weds Lonesome Bob. The illustrations are done in tones of brown, cream and white. They are life-like, detailed, and wonderful. 2006, Peachtree Publishers, Ages 7 to 10.
Della A. Yannuzzi