Willie Out West

Rhonda Walker (Author) | Alan McCuller (Illustrator)

Young Willie Walrus leaves his ice home to travel on an adventure to Big West, where the town’s citizens desperately need help. Arriving to cheers, he quickly runs into Old Walter, the One-Eyed Whale. Colorful illustrations and action take readers to an old West town where the citizens expect Willie to save them. Can he?


Fun, funny and whimsical. A little rushed, perhaps, but a fun read anyway.

Unfortunately, it seemed a little like the author had a good idea, but wasn’t sure exactly how to execute it. Willie Walrus gets rushed off on an adventure without any real explanation. At the end, he’s suddenly back home… and maybe the adventure was just a dream. I would have loved to see this book fleshed out a little more.


Every now and then, I run across an illustration so outstanding I have to share it with y’all. In this book, there is a picture of a “western” octopus. He wears a cowboy hat and spurs on each long arm. It is awesome.


Honestly, the artwork really carries this book. The Kindle formatting was a bit wonky, so the pictures on each page were rather small – but obviously, that’s not the illustrator’s fault. This book is worth a read for the illustrations alone.


The publisher didn’t do the story or the artist justice with this cover. It’s slap-dash, boxed art (COVER SIN), and lazy text treatment. I so enjoyed the artwork in this book, and I really would have liked to see a custom piece for the cover.


About the Author

An avid reader since childhood, Rhonda’s English and education degree helped her write and publish two grammar stories in a Scott Foresman textbook, two women’s stories, and author several newsletters. Her first book, Beyond the Shadows Is Tomorrow was released in May. Granddaughter Haley illustrates the bedtime story book, God Is . . . to be released in late 2013.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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