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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

73. Owly, Vol 1: The Way Home & The Bittersweet Summer by Andy Runton


Title: Owly, Vol 1: The Way Home & The Bittersweet Summer
Series: Owly
Author: Andy Runton
Copyright: 2004
Pages: 160
Format: Paperback from library
Rating: 4/5 stars
Finished: 9-22-08

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!


Anonymous said...

Owls completely mess me up. I would like to think of myself as an owl, wise and all knowing, the symbol of the goddess Athena (OK, I know!!!!!) but as I flake by 9.30 pm on a good day, there is no getting away from the fact that I am a lark! This book looks wonderful, though. I shall look it out.

tapestry100 said...

If your library has, check it out. Or even just give it a read there. It won't take you very long at all.

Like I said, though, I was pleasantly surprised by how much the author was able to convey with just a few idea thought bubbles and the expressions of his characters.