Button Willow: The Traveler is a whirlwind of a read. Narrated by a supernatural being, there’s action, the supernatural, biblical references, danger, humor, and imagination. At the turn of a page, the story can shift the reader’s perspective. One is swept from the home of the hero, Button, to the Mediterranean, to different years in history. It’s exciting, fun, and has much packed into its pages, including themes of faith and the spiritual. It’s so much, that it may even be a bit of an effort for some readers to keep it all straight. At times, the book seems almost as if it were a theme park with a message, with the narrator leading the reader from scene to scene, presenting ideas and dazzling with thrills. It’s fun, and you get your ticket’s worth, but you also may get a bit dizzy.
As we may read in the book, “…God is the origin of supernatural power,” and there is certainly much of the supernatural. Faith is important in the story, and the focus is more on the positive, even when dealing with supernatural evil and violence. The dark spirituality and the violence are a concern, and readers should be ready for a character’s possession, fighting, guns, and much danger. The content and the more complicated narrative mean that this may be better for older readers.
For readers ready for the content, Button Willow: The Traveler is exciting and filled with positivity. Dove.org approves it for Ages 12+.
The Dove Take:
Adventure and the supernatural are together in this rapid-paced and entertaining read.