About this book
A small town lives in terror of the Outlaw, but one day, he disappears—and a mysterious stranger rides into town …
In this spare and powerful story set in the Old West, people in a small town live in constant worry of another visit from the Outlaw. Then the Outlaw suddenly and mysteriously disappears. Time passes, and one day a stranger rides into town. He takes it upon himself to fix everything that is in disrepair — the clapboard schoolhouse, the train station platform. He even builds a horse trough. But when someone recognizes him as the Outlaw, the crowd turns on the stranger. It takes the courage of a small boy to change the course of events …
The subtle, beautiful mixed-media art with its nineteenth-century textural references perfectly complements this original story from debut author and illustrator Nancy Vo.
Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:
Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.
Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.
Distinguish their own point of view from that of the narrator or those of the characters.
Explain how specific aspects of a text's illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story (e.g., create mood, emphasize aspects of a character or setting)
About the Author
Nancy Vo was born in the prairies and ranged to the West Coast. As a child, she enjoyed stories featuring brave characters, but later realized a truth about herself: she was far less adventuresome and liked her creature comforts. So by day, she works as a facility planner. At ungodly hours in the night, she gets to draw characters who have grit. She enjoys good coffee and bad puns. She is the author and illustrator of The Outlaw and now The Ranger, the first two books in the Crow Stories trilogy. Nancy lives in Vancouver.
Awards and Praise
Praise for Nancy Vo and The Outlaw:
"… bewitching … The most magical part of the book, illustrating Vo’s innate sense of story, is the separate tale of a child’s naughty behavior that is followed by connection and kindness." — New York Times
"Scraps of mid-19th-century newsprint are incorporated into Nancy Vo’s artwork for “The Outlaw” … subtly adding elegance and atmosphere to a picture-book story of wickedness and redemption." — Wall Street Journal
"Vo provides readers with a picture-book Western that upends many of the genre's gunslinging shootout-and revenge-narrative tropes…. [A] spare, contemplative text." — Horn Book
"… the earth-toned illustrations created using ink, watercolor, and a unique technique of transferring and layering vintage news-paper clippings and fabric patterns from the 1850s and 1860s … add a layer of detail that helps immerse the reader in the stark prairie setting of the past." — BayViews
"[A] beautiful, somber tale of making amends … Thoughtful readers are the audience for this stunning book, which will generate questions and conversation once the gorgeously created work is done." — School Library Journal
"[A] thought-provoking tale." — International Literacy Association
"A powerful and profound message that makes this book appropriate for use with children/students at many ages/grade levels with many opportunities for discussion and application to “real life”." — Resource Links