Monday, January 25, 2010

Graphic Novel Monday: Owly: A Time to be Brave, by Andy Runton

Owly: A Time to be Brave, by Andy Runton. Published 2007 by Top Shelf. Fiction.

Andy Runton's Owly series is absolutely adorable. It's an all-ages series with a lovable cast of characters headed by the eponymous large-eyed owl and costarring birds, butterflies, worms and small mammals. Together they have little adventures and learn sweet lessons about life.

A Time to be Brave, the fourth in the series, tells the story of an opossum who wanders into Owly's home and accidentally damages a tree there; the other animals don't understand who or what this new creature is and become frightened of him. Owly and his friends have to find out about him and how to handle him- is a friend? An enemy? Just what is he?

You can tell this is a series for children but I think anyone would like these wholesome, squeaky-clean and enjoyable books. The Owly books are more or less a "silent" graphic novels- stories told almost entirely without words, through symbols and visual metaphors; they are therefore great for small children who don't read yet or don't read well. Parents can share them with their kids and tell the stories aloud together, or a child can read by him or herself and practice storytelling skills. For adults, Owly will be a quick and charming read. Either way it's a winner.

Rating: BUY

FTC Disclosure: I did not receive this book for review from the publisher.


the heart is a lonely reader said...

Loved the first of this series. Looks like I have some more reading to do.

As for kid-friendly, non-violent graphic novels, there have been a bunch of great ones to come out recently, especially as parents and educators take note of the soaring popularity of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and further accept comic form into their children's reading habits.

It's great to see charming, funny, inventive graphic novels that younger audiences can enjoy.

bermudaonion said...

Aww, Owly is so cute. The style of the graphics reminds me of the Bone series a little.

Jew Wishes said...

The front cover alone is enough to draw a person in...those soulful-looking eyes...

pussreboots said...

How fun. I'm also reading through the Owly series right now.

Andi said...

Aaggghhh!!! I'm adding these to my yet-to-be-born son's library RIGHT NOW. I'm an owl addict (the nursery will be done in owls), and these are just adorable.

Zibilee said...

That is just the cutest darn owl I have ever seen! I think I know a couple of kids who would love this book, so I will be adding this to my wish list. Thanks!