Walter and the Wallet – Billy Bloom, illustrated by Tanya Leonello

  Walter and the Wallet – Billy Bloom, illustrated by Tanya Leonello, Eifrig Publishing, (9781632331151), 2017

Format: Hardcover Picture Book

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3.5

What did you like about the book? Nine year-old Walter has had a very bad day at school but on his way home he finds a wallet! The wallet is filled with money which causes Walter to start imagining just what he could now buy: a ten-speed racing bike, new tennis shoes, video games, yummy pastries, roller blades and anything else he might desire. But he encounters a man talking to a policeman about the wallet he lost and the money that would pay his rent and bills. When Walter gives the wallet that he found to the man, the man is overjoyed – and Walter realizes the incredible happiness he feels by doing the right thing. The rhymes work very well, flowing along with the story and the watercolor illustrations are a highpoint showing all of the feelings that Walter experiences that day.

Anything you did not like about this book? No.

To whom would you recommend this book? This might make a nice read-aloud to children in the younger grades which could then open discussions on honesty and how to handle bad things that happen to you.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries and lower elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it? Picture books

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Moderator, Youth Services Book Review

Date of review: 8/9/2017

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