by Andy Runton (Author) Andy Runton (Illustrator)
All Owly wants is a friend...
Owly is a good-natured little owl, and he's always helping those around him. But despite his kindness, he seems to frighten would-be friends away before they even give him a chance, just because he's an owl. That all changes, though, once Owly meets Wormy. Like Owly, Wormy is in need of a good friend, too -- someone who can be counted on for a helping hand, a good laugh, and a great adventure!
Through a unique blend of words and symbols, Owly can be read by the youngest readers, and is a great introduction to graphic novels!
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K-Gr 4—Owly is back, in color and with dialogue and narration! This book comprises two of the gentle little owl's earliest stories, "Finding Home" and "Flying Home" (formerly known as "The Bittersweet Summer"). In each, Owly gives selflessly, whether that means distributing food to other animals or taking a tumble to save someone smaller from danger. Unlike the other animals, who speak English, Owly speaks via pictures and symbols. Nonetheless, all communicate with ease; facial expressions, body language, and captions make characters' emotions and motives clear. Friends are always beaming in one another's presence and on the verge of tears when separated. As in previous installments, the rounded, large-eyed cartoon characters will endear themselves to readers, but now bright hues add further detail, effectively conveying Owly's sunny world and occasional shadows. Pages are almost never more than two panels wide, and each story wraps up on a high note over a few single-panel pages. Thick gutters make the frequent 2x3 layouts easy to follow. The loss of the wordless format from previous editions means young readers will learn to navigate over, around, and through short word balloons. Never fear: Runton's visual communication remains extremely fertile ground for parents and children to discuss how characters feel and why they act the way they do. VERDICT As always, Owly is a steadfast and indispensable friend to everyone he meets, including young readers in search of warmhearted adventure.—Thomas Maluck, Richland Library, SCCopyright 2020 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.
In this first volume of the new graphic novel series based on the popular Owly picture books and comics, a sweetly patient and persistent owl finds belonging and a faithful circle of friends through generous, helpful acts. In the first of the two stories, "Finding Home," kindhearted Owly rescues a drowning worm and sleeplessly tends to the shivering visitor. In the morning, upon learning that Wormy has been separated from his family, the two create a map and form a plan to reunite Wormy with his parents. In the second, "Flying Home," Owly and Wormy, now roommates with matching gardening hats and a shared interest in helping others, offer aid to two hungry hummingbirds and quickly befriend them. Runton's illustrations glow with vivid and lustrous color, the characters all delightfully expressive. There are hints of sadness and danger, such as the devastating storm that originally separated Wormy from his family, as well as a scene in which one of the hummingbirds is trapped in a cage. The majority of Owly's adventures, though, are buoyed by kindness and goodwill. Ages 7-10. (Feb.)Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, LLC Used with permission.