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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (November 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416957758
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416957751
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #295,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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K-Gr 3-If Owly and Wormy want to look at the stars at night, they will have to be resourceful, and brave. Lanterns and candles will make the darkness seem less scary, but the screeching noise they hear outside seems to be following them. When they lose their telescope on the way to their campsite, Owly hesitantly goes back into the woods to retrieve it. Instead of running into a scary monster in the dark, though, he meets a trio of friendly bats who help Wormy enjoy the stars despite being surrounded by the darkness of night. This is Runton's second wordless picture book based on the graphic-novel series. Simple illustrations and punctuation marks (a sad face followed by a question mark) replace the words that would normally appear in the characters' word balloons. Runton's charming drawings add to the irresistibility of this touching story.-Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canadaα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


* "The small owl with big eyes and equally outsized heart makes new friends on a nocturnal outing.

Discovering that their view of the sky has been blocked by tree leaves, Owly and his little vermiform housemate march out to set up their new telescope on a woodland hilltop. When heavy rains drive them into a cave that night, and eerie “Clickety skreeeeeeeee” noises send them scrambling back out, the telescope goes missing. This prompts Owly to screw his courage to the sticking place, leave his shivering buddy behind and set off on a search. As in Owly’s previous picture-book (Friends All Aflutter, 2011) and graphic-novel appearances, the tale is told in big, easy-to-grasp sequential cartoons, with wordless pictures and signs in balloons creating a nonverbal language that serves just fine in place of narration or dialogue. Owly returns in triumph with not only the telescope, but a set of friendly bats to explain the scary sound effects. In a final bit of both plot and emotional resolution, Wormy’s fear of the dark is transformed to delight as the camp’s candle is blown out, and the seemingly empty skies overhead suddenly blaze with stars.

Young readers and pre-readers alike will respond strongly to the tale’s elemental drama and clearly defined emotional arc."

--Kirkus Reviews, September 15, 2012 *STAR

More About the Author

Andy is the creator of the breakout all-ages series of graphic novels, Owly, featuring a kind-hearted little owl who's always searching for new friends and adventure. Relying on a mixture of symbols and expressions to tell his silent stories, Andy's work showcases both his gift for characterization and his love of birds, animals, and the outdoors. His animated and heartwarming style has made him a favorite of both fans and critics alike.

The Owly series has earned him multiple awards in the comics and graphic novel community, including the Howard E. Day Memorial Prize, the Harvey Award, two Ignatz Awards, and the 2006 Eisner Award for "Best Publication for a Younger Audience". He lives in the greater Atlanta area, where he works full-time on Owly comics, books, and graphic novels.

Visit him and Owly online at: www.AndyRunton.com

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Morgen Rose on December 17, 2012
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Owly's other full-color story book, Friends All A Flutter was a big hit with our kids, so when this second book came out, we were quick to pre-order. We were very happy with the condition of the book. Owly is one of our favorites. Without having any words, the story can be made up by the reader and isn't limited to kids that are of a reading age.
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My 3 year old loves this book. We got it for her as she has a habit of not paying attention to the pictures when we read to her and we also wanted to start developing early reading skills. This book was great for that! She loves it and often "reads" it to herself. I also like the message in the story. I am planning on purchasing more Owly books for her!
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I loved sharing this book (and the other in the series, Friends All a Flutter) with my niece. The art is beautiful and vivid. The fact that it has no words makes it fun to figure out the story together. Apparently, I tell the story slightly differently from my brother. I think this keeps her interested.
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