Written by Nancy Vo
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 him. 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.
Nancy Vo grew up where the sun rose in the prairies and set behind the Rockies. She graduated with degrees in Architecture and Fine Arts, joined the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and decided to be a picture-book maker. By day, she works as a facility planner where her colleagues politely tolerate her love of puns and argyle socks. At ungodly hours in the night, she gets to draw. The Outlaw is her first picture book.