Author: Rhonda Walker
Publisher: WestBow Press
ISBN: 978-1-4497-9848-2

We need someone with lots of courage and strength to save our town. Old Walter, the One-Eyed Whale has taken over. We need a brave sheriff who enjoys danger and excitement. Will you help us?” Willie is asked in Rhonda Walker’s book, Willie Out West.

This unnumbered but around twenty-five pages has a happy, big brown walrus in a parade on the front cover while there is a paragraph about the story’s content and author biography against a solid yellow background on the back. With no profanity or overly scary scenes except suggesting attacking a whale with a harpoon, it is geared for kindergarten ages and younger. Beginner readers may have trouble with some of the more complex words and learn incorrect punctuation due to errors.

In this tome, Willie the walrus is at home bored one day, telling his mother how he has no excitement in his life and wishes he could be out fishing in the sea with his dad. His mother suggests he take a rest while she prepares dinner.

While watching television, he sees a reporter mentioning the citizens in the town of Big West are having trouble, even afraid to go outside. All off a sudden, Sheriff Octopus knocks on the door and asks Willie if he is brave enough to come to Big West and help save the town.

The problem is Old Walter, the one-eyed whale who scares everyone, making them hide and run for cover.

Willie agrees to help the sheriff and when he comes to town, there is a big parade for him, since everyone hopes he can get rid of Old Walter. But the mean mammal roars and frightens everyone, scattering them, leaving Willie being to challenge him.

After staring at Old Walter and being afraid, he gets encouragement from Octopus to show his bravery. Seeing a nearby heavy harpoon, he asks everyone to help him lift it and point it at the whale.

Of course, it is now the whale that is frightened and he runs away, never to return to Big West. All cheer for Willie and he returns to his home, later waking up wondering if it was all a dream.

With the suggestion that it takes a village to get something done, the book may be a good bedtime story unless children are worried about being attacked by a whale or if a harpoon can harm them.

This book was furnished by the author for review purposes.

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