Thursday, September 18, 2008

Owly: The Way Home & The Bittersweet Summer

By Andy Runton

GRAPHIC NOVEL (all ages)

This is the perfect novel for someone who has never read a graphic novel, but was wondering what they were all about. Owly is a kind-hearted owl who knows the meaning of friendship. This graphic novel has two stories. In the first story, Owly saves a little worm, appropriately named Wormy, from a terrible rainstorm. Wormy has lost his family in the storm, so Owly helps Wormy find his home. Owly and Wormy both find out what it means to be a friend. In the second story, Owly and Wormy have a wonderful summer when they befriend two hummingbirds. But, they are very sad when the weather gets colder and their friends have to fly south. This book is very heartwarming and Owly is drawn with such expression, that you can't help but fall in love with him and the story. This graphic novel is wordless, but the illustrations portray the character's emotions perfectly. This is a wonderful story!