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Owly, Vol. 1: The Way Home & The Bittersweet Summer Paperback – September 30, 2004
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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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Top Customer Reviews
But, Andy Runton deserves a little more. Because he's accomplished something to admire: he's created a truly all ages comic book, that is, you can be past the age of 9 and really enjoy it. That's not easy. Quick, when was the last time you saw "good for all ages" on a book (or movie) and not feel your I.Q. drop a few points even before you even read page one(or watched the opening credits)? And then you noticed it dropping as you progressed?
Runton doesn't do that. His "Owly" stories engage you at a basic human level. Owly is an owl, but he's the quintessential gentle soul, the rare altruistic good guy who looks out for the little guy and overcomes any obstacle to win. You root for him because you know if there were more Owly's in the world, it would be a more bearable place to live in.
And the most amazing thing, aside from the wonderful art, is that Runton does this without a single word. Aside from some expressive thought-balloons, Owly and his friends don't say anything. But the drawings communicate a much raw emotion as a dozen well-chosen words could.
Enjoy "Owly" with your kids, by yourself, with friends and family. It's time well spent, and good feelings well shared.
Especially nice is the clear and intelligent use of animal behavior. For example, what flowers will attract hummingbirds, that small birds would be scared of an owl, etc...
It really is one of the most honest and genuine things I've read in a long time.
I was attracted to this book because it mixes great drawings and the paneled story pacing of a comic with a great story that seems almost nostalgic. With representational dialogue (i.e. pictures in word bubbles) instead of words, these two heart-warming tales are easily interpretable for people of all reading levels and languages. Definitely one of those rare books that cross-over from adult-reading to bedtime-story.
She loves it! And I love it! And her mom loves it!
It is the perfect 1st comic to give to a kid. Moreover, as there are no words, once you go through the joy of working through the story with her once, she is able to "read" it by herself or to her little friends! What more can you ask for?
You could ask for a wonderful story - Owly has it. Or beautiful art - check. Or great basic lessons of friendship and the beauty of nature - Done and done.
So I highly recommend this book to you and your little ones. It introduces them to a style and method of storytelling in the perfect way.
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.