The Outlaw

The Outlaw

Written by: Vo, Nancy
From the series: The Crow Stories Trilogy
ages 6 to 9 / grades 1 to 4

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:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.2
Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.3
Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.6
Distinguish their own point of view from that of the narrator or those of the characters.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.7
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)

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:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.2
Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.3
Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.6
Distinguish their own point of view from that of the narrator or those of the characters.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.7
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)

Published By Groundwood Books Ltd - May 1, 2018
Specifications pages | 8.25 in x 8.625 in

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