- Age Range: 7 - 10 years
- Grade Level: Kindergarten - 5
- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Top Shelf Productions; First Printing edition (September 30, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1891830627
- ISBN-13: 978-1891830624
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 72 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Owly, Vol. 1: The Way Home & The Bittersweet Summer Paperback – September 30, 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
In this charming series by mini-comics specialist Runton, Owly and Wormy carry out their dialogue-less but absorbing activities in classic best-friend fashion. They live together in a friendly forest reminiscent of the ones often found in children's literature, and much in the style of Frog and Toad, or Winnie the Pooh and Piglet, Owly and Wormy's smallest excursions and challenges are the stuff of great mystery and adventure. With nothing but significant looks and great lashings of expressive ink, Runton brings these gentle characters and their concerns vividly to life. In the story "The Way Home," we learn how Wormy, initially terrified of the bird of prey, moves from fear to trust when Owly saves his life and later convinces his skeptical worm parents that Owly is a valuable friend. In "The Bittersweet Summer," the pair befriends some hummingbirds who must leave them behind when it's time to fly south for the winter. In both tales, the plots are simple enough for children to grasp, yet the characterizations will draw in all but the most reluctant adults. Owly is mostly made up of a large, expressive pair of eyes, while Wormy is little more than a squiggle and a smile. They wear sun hats while gardening and scarves during winter. Though it doesn't sound like much, under Runton's pen, the whole is winningly lively.
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Gr. 3-5. In this nearly wordless bit of graphic fun, Runton tells two stories about wly the little owl. In "The Way Home," lonely Owly rescues Wormy from a thunderstorm, and, after nursing him back to health, helps him find his way home. "The Bittersweet Summer" tells a slightly more complicated story about friendship, as Owly and Wormy befriend two hummingbirds during the course of the spring and summer, and say goodbye to them when they migrate south for the winter. Owly is a delightfully sweet book. The whimsical black-and-white art is done with great facility for expressing emotion, and Runton's reliance on icons and pictures in lieu of the usual dialogue makes the story perfect for give-and-take between children and their parents; even readers older than the target audience will appreciate the book's simple charm, wisdom, and warmth. Tina Coleman
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This book is composed of two novellas, each in comic book style. In the first, Owly, the charming main character, is out to help others and make friends. He puts birdseed out for the birds. He frees captured fireflies. He rescues Wormy from nearly drowning in a puddle during a rainstorm and stays up all night making sure he is ok. The next day he helps Wormy find his parents. In the second novella, Owly and Wormy go out of their way to research and find the right food for two hungry hummingbirds. Owly also must learn to let go in this story, as the hummingbirds must migrate south for the summer. Owly’s good deeds do not go unnoticed and those he has helped become his loyal friends, destined to return even if flying far away.
These are truly heartwarming, enchanting tales of friendship and kindness. I read this with my 4 year old daughter who summed the book up in one word, “awesome.” I look forward to reading more of Owly in the future.
For Christmas, my brother gave me "The 500 Essential Graphic Novels" as a gift. I eagerly browsed through it. As I flipped the pages, I would read about and jot down titles that interested me.
When I was finished, I selected a few to order. "Owly" being among one of the titles. I can honestly say, that I didn't know what to expect when it arrived. But, what I do know, is that when I got to reading it, I was pleasantly surprised. It was everything I could have hoped for and then some!
"Owly" is delightful in it's simplicity. There is no dialogue. In it's place, instead, are symbols and pictures. This does not act as a downside at all. Andy Runton's artwork is so expressive and revealing, that despite there being no words - nothing about the story is lost. The characters are so expressive and animated, that, when they display an emotion - it's as if you can FEEL that emotion.
The tale is beyond heartwarming and simple. Yet, Runton manages to achieve this without it being even the SLIGHTEST bit corny, cheesy or preachy. Instead it comes of as simple, yet touching, heartfelt and genuine. I am a 21 year old male, so, believe me when I tell you that "Owly" is a book that all ages can appreciate.
The artwork, the story, the characters, their expressions - all of it. It's all top notch and will forever, hold a special place in my heart. I can honestly say, that my life is for the better for reading such a wonderful book.
I can only hope that Andy Runton continues the rest of this series on par with the caliber of his first book.
Please, as another reviewer said - and, I second this - if you are on here, reading the reviews, what are you waiting for? Order this book. It's better emotional therapy than any psychologist or pill can offer you. Within it's pages is a brief lapse of relief from this world and the knowledge of knowing, that things aren't so bad.
Beautiful. Simply beautiful. Well done.