Title: Owly, Vol 1: The Way Home & The Bittersweet Summer
Author: Andy Runton
Format: Paperback from library
Rating: 4/5 stars
OK, this was just a really quick read, but it was absolutely adorable! Owly lives in the forest where he tries to make friends, but most of the forest animals are scared of him because he is an owl. The first story in this collection, "The Way Home," Owly helps a small worm find his way home after he was separated from his parents and in the second story, "The Bittersweet Summer," Owly befriends 2 hummingbirds.
There is almost no text whatsoever in the story, but Runton does an amazing job conveying the emotions of his characters through their expressions and simple illustrated idea thought bubbles. The artwork is simply black and white line drawings, and the sequential art is easy to follow and understand. This would be an excellent book for younger kids who are interested in the graphic novel form.
This was a pleasant surprise of a book and I think I'm going to have to check out the other editions from my library!