Title: Winky Captures the Cattle RustlersWinky Captures the Cattle Rustlers
Author: Ken Anderson
Pages: 59
Recommended Ages: 8-12
Star Rating: ★★★★

Winky. Isn’t that just the cutest name?

The Story.

Winky is flying! Way up high above the ranches and farms, Winky is snuggled into Domber Hudson’s airplane, watching the tiny people and cattle move below him. Winky is excited to be in the plane, but he’s even more excited by Domber’s recent conversion to Christianity. Already Domber is using his plane to spread the Gospel to nearby ranchers.

But then a troubling report surfaces. Cattle are being rustled – more specifically, calves are being stolen. And the rustlers aren’t working with a turck or trailer – no, they’re using a plane. A plane that looks suspiciously like Domber Hudson’s!

Is Domber innocent of this crime? Or did he only pretend to become a Christian as a cover for his evil schemes?

Discussion.

Winky Captures the Cattle Rustlers was published in 1951 and is from a series of books about Winky and his ranching escapades. In this particular story, Winky takes it upon himself to vindicate his friend, Domber, but has to face to possibility that Domber may be guilty.

*dun dun dun*

I’ve blithered here and there about my thoughts regarding sequels – how much they should rely upon previous books for interest and characterization – and I would say that Winky Captures the Cattle Rustlers does a mediocre job at this. The story stood on its own, but references to past adventures seemed to be invoking a team spirit-feeling that I just didn’t have.

Also, Winky and his friends are Christians. Whenever tough situations are encountered everyone prays, and Winky evens shares his faith with a man. His testimony follows a simplistic, gospel-track style, but it was genuine.

Conclusion. Not high quality literature, but not bad as filler fiction.

Review © 2014 Laura Verret

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