“ Genre: Junior Books / Author: Simon Puttock / Hardcover / 32 Pages / Book is published 2004-08-06 by Macmillan Children's Books „
After my son decided the other day that he couldn't actually be bothered to go and pick his own books from the library, I felt it was the perfect opportunity to get him reading books that maybe he wouldn't have picked for himself, hence this review!
The book I will now review Is - "Wild west Winnie by Simon Puttock".
After Shem Woollens the sheep sheriff awoke to find someone has rustled his home grown onions, he fixated straight away on wild, west Winnie, well it had to be her surely, the wanted posters for her being generally shifty were all over town!
After going to get a haircut and watching Winnie wander about town through the window, Shem decides to follow Winnie to try and catch her in the act so to speak!
After following her for the majority of the day and catching her exchanging six onions that look suspiciously like the ones stolen from himself that very morning, for various different items throughout the town, he decides that there is nothing else for it but to put her behind bars.
Will sheriff Shem get his prisoner, or will Winnie be up to something much more devious than just theft?
This is a lovely book, that in fairness I think I enjoyed more than my son did!
Every person in town is illustrated as an animal with Winnie being a beautiful looking horse, with long and flowing hair/mane that of course wins the heart of the sheriff eventually, but not before she completely surprises him!
The text is a little all over the shop in the way it is printed, with some of the spoken text being written in different font than the reading text, this made for an experienced reader like myself no matter, but my daughter who is 8 years old slow down considerably to make sure she was reading the words correctly.
This said though, the book was never going to be sold as a starter reader, but more as a book that should be read to your child, in my house this is what we call bedtime books.
The illustrations are clear and well done, with the whole book having a real western feel to it, and the animals used to portray certain characters actually looking like you would expect them too, with Shem the sheriff and Winnie being more than perfect in their portrayal!
To me this book is written for children, but at the same time subtle enough in content for it to mean a different thing to an adult, with the constant following around of Winnie and her always being on Shem's mind, it means something completely different....and before anyone points it out I mean he loves her, and not that he is a secret stalker!
Price wise this is available from www.amazon.co.uk for the sum of £2.10 plus P&P.
Thanks for reading x