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The Way Home and The Bittersweet Summer  (Owly, Bk 1)
The Way Home and The Bittersweet Summer - Owly, Bk 1
Author: 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.
ISBN-13: 9781891830624
ISBN-10: 1891830627
Pages: 160
Reading Level: Ages 9-12
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.

4.3 stars, based on 6 ratings
Publisher: Top Shelf Productions
Book Type: Paperback
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This is a wonderful book. It is told with very few words suggesting that it is a children's book, but adults will enjoy it also. It is amazing how author and artist Andy Runton can tell a story and convey so much emotion with black and white drawings and no dialogue. When Owly's big round eyes filled with tears I felt sad too. Fortunately, these two stories have happy endings, and positive messages about friendship and letting go. Highly recommended for all ages. Sorry wishlisters, this one is going on my keeper shelf.
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This book was recommended to me by one of my Goodread friends who also likes graphic novels. It was a very cute book with adorable drawings that told a great story despite having very few words. This is something young kids and adults alike will enjoy.

The book tells two stories. The first is The Way Home in which Owly saves a worm from drowning and helps the worm to find his family. The second is The Bittersweet Summer where Owly befriends some hummingbirds and struggles with how to take care of them as the summer fades.

The book has very few words, the story is almost completely told in pictures. It is a great story that teaches about friendship and nature. I enjoyed it and thought it was sweet and fun. I actually became very emotionally involved with Owly as he tried to care for his hummingbird friends.

The pictures are simple, done in black and white with simple clean lines. Somehow they manage to convey a wealth of story in each picture though. The expressions on the animals faces are spot on. Owly is adorable and so earnest in his need to help his fellow forest creatures.

The best thing about this book is that everyone from a very young child (3-4 years old) to an adult can enjoy the story. I love graphic novels that span all age groups.

On a side note, I read this right after reading Grant Morrison's Arkham almost gave me mental whiplash. This book is pretty much the opposite of everything Arkham Asylum is; I only bring it up because the difference is crazy and it was quite a change in pace :-)

Overall this was a quick, well-done, and fun read. I would recommend it to fans of graphic novels; especially those who are interested in graphic novels that younger kids and adults can both enjoy. The artwork is cute and conveys a wonderful story without many words. This is a great story about friendship and teaches some about the natural world around us. I will definitely be checking out future installments.