The Way Home and The Bittersweet Summer (Owly Series #1)

The Way Home and The Bittersweet Summer (Owly Series #1)

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by Andy Runton
     
 

Owly is a kind, yet lonely, little owl who's always on the lookout for new friends and adventure. The first graphic novel in the series contains two enchanting novellas, "The Way Home" & "The Bittersweet Summer," wherein Owly discovers the meaning of friendship, and that saying goodbye doesn't always mean forever.  See more details below

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Owly is a kind, yet lonely, little owl who's always on the lookout for new friends and adventure. The first graphic novel in the series contains two enchanting novellas, "The Way Home" & "The Bittersweet Summer," wherein Owly discovers the meaning of friendship, and that saying goodbye doesn't always mean forever.

Editorial Reviews

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. (Sept.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Michael Jung
Cartoonist Andy Runton offers a wonderful example of a kid-friendly graphic novel in this heartwarming book that collects two of his "Owly" comics. When Owly, a kind owl who loves taking care of animals, finds a lost little worm, he decides to brave a long trek to take "Wormy" home—and winds up forging a loyal friendship. Then in The Bittersweet Summer, Owly and Wormy befriend two hummingbirds, only to learn that they must let their friends go when the weather gets too cold for them. A first-rate piece of visual storytelling, "Owly" manages to tell both of its stories with no spoken dialogue (although there are a few pages of writing from Owly's photo album), relying instead on sound effects, facial expressions, and cartoon pictographs to get messages across. Runton's ability to convey subtle and engaging meanings through his pictures allows "Owly" to transcend language barriers—making this a good comic for English Language Learners, early readers, and anyone interested in improving their visual literacy. Fans should keep their eyes open for other "Owly" graphic novels, which include Just a Little Blue, Flying Lessons, A Time to be Brave, and Tiny Tales. Reviewer: Michael Jung

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781891830624
Publisher:
Top Shelf Productions
Publication date:
09/15/2004
Series:
Owly Series, #1
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.28(w) x 7.46(h) x 0.45(d)
Age Range:
5 - 11 Years

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Way Home and the Bittersweet Summer 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. The characters are so adorable. If I could give it 10000 stars I would. Age 9
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very enjoyable! The storyline is simple enough for children and the plot of the storyline will go deeper for adults. The illustrations were well done and they exhibited the characters feelings without having to use words. I would recommend this book for all ages!
grisaille More than 1 year ago
Owly is a fantastic, warm, wonderful all-ages series about friendship and loyalty and steadfastness. There is no dialogue; instead, the characters communicate via pictographs, allowing young readers to interpret and create their own words. The artwork is downright sweet, without being sacchrine. Highly recommended.
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Awesome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is it in color. Please respond.