Rope Em by Stacy Nyikos offers a cute concept, mixing westerns with the undersea world, but the book feels ho-hum just when the reader should be holding her breath in anticipation. The colorful illustrations whimsically add life to the story and several amusing word plays wink at adults, but somehow the story never draws readers into the world of Virgil and Scout.
The excellent theme of working together and playing upon each others strengths clearly emerges. In our competitive society, this book informs children that it is okay to depend on others, even a good thing. Average story, excellent message.