Walter is a home. Or Walter was a home in A Home Named Walter. Well, he still is a home, just after his beloved family has moved out, he allowed himself to get rowdy, squeaky, rundown and dried up. One day a new child and her mother move in. Not only does the girl think this new situation feels “off” and “different,” so does Walter. He does not allow them to bake cookies in the oven, or he will slam the shutters closed. But with love, and understanding, the little girl realizes that the house is sad too, and together she and her mom show how much they care, and Walter finally lets them fix him up better than new, as he is a real home again with the hustle and bustle of a new family.
Chelsea Lin Wallace’s story about loss and grieving takes a new approach. We see tht the young girl is dealing with the loss of her father (it says he moved away) and the house dealing with the loss of his family. This story of change is sweetly illustrated by Ginnie Hsu. These illustrations are bold, bright, when they are called for, and gloomy and stiff when they are also needed.
Overall, this is a cozy book, with a somber and hopeful tone. The concept is aimed at the older listener, but the younger ones can read the lush artwork. Modern sensibilities with a soft old-school touch, the book can be used if you have moved, loss a family member or friend, or just looking for a quiet read.