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Owly, Vol. 2: Just a Little Blue (Owly #2)

4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  1,669 ratings  ·  82 reviews
The second graphic novel in the breakout, all-ages series, Owly. Owly is a kind, yet lonely, little owl who's always on the search for new friends and adventure. Relying on a mixture of symbols, icons, and expressions to tell his silent stories, Runton's clean, animated, and heartwarming style makes it a perfect read. Owly learns that sometimes you have to make sacrifices ...more
Paperback, 120 pages
Published March 29th 2005 by Idw - Top Shelf (first published March 1st 2005)
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Sep 19, 2008 Kathryn rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kathryn by: Quasar recommended the Owly books--thanks!
What a sweet little story! One of the reviewers on the back cover said reading Owly is like a literary version of a HUG and I think that is a great way of describing it. Very fast read, very cute characters, and a thoughtful, heartwarming plot. I only give four stars because in a few places I did find the story a little hard to follow just based on the pictures, but maybe that was just me.
Sep 21, 2008 Ann rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Ann by: Quasar - thanks!:)
Probably five stars for enjoyment and four for overall execution.

Owly is such a cute and sweet little owl! Owly makes friends with everyone, and has a huge, warm heart.
"Just a Little Blue" is filled with warmth and action, as Owly tries to make a birdhouse for the bluebird family that lives near by. Characters must overcome preconceived notions about each other, and not only learn how to offer help, but how to accept it as well.

While there were a few times the drawings were a little vague (mostl
This was cute, but I thought it was a little more labored and less charming than the first book. On the other hand, this one may just have been targeted more clearly at children and less at hipsters.
My first thought was to say the Owly tales illustrate the power of optimism, but that’s true only so much as Owly’s attitude motivates his actions. Really, this is a series of stories about unrelenting giving, compassion, and friendship. Very simple, wordless stories with adorable art (I say adorable as someone who doesn’t do saccharine or cloying). Following the sequence and understanding all the messages implied by the symbols that stand in for words when dialogue occurs can still be a sophist ...more
Courtney Dyer
In volume 2 of Andy Runton’s charming wordless graphic novel series, Owly, Vol 2: Just a Little Blue, we continue to follow the adventures of Owly and his best friend Wormy as they learn an important life lesson: sometimes acts of kindness aren’t received well by others. Don't give up. Keep working at it if it's important.

In this book, Owly and Wormy build a birdhouse for the bluebird family, but they don’t move in... in fact, the daddy bird tries to attack them. Then, one stormy day, the bluebi
Owly and the worm try to help the blue birds that have made a nest in a tree near them, but the male blue bird wants nothing to do with them. He even attacks them after they built a home just for him and his family. But one night it gets so windy and is raining so much, the tree begins to break and fall. Owly and the worm rush to help the blue bird family.

This one was also really sweet and I really love Owly and his friend. I definitely want to read the other books in this series.
Jan 14, 2014 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children who enjoy reading graphic novels
This is the second book in the Owly series by Andy Runton. I had tried to get our girls interested in this series last summer, but neither were particularly interested, so I let it drop.

Our youngest brought home the fourth book in the series from her elementary school library and we all took turns reading it. Everyone liked it, so I've looked for other books in the series at our local library - this book was available as an ebook.

It's a cute, almost wordless graphic novel. We've been skipping
Hannah Kersting
This graphic novel, written by Andy Runton is perfect for little children. The book has soft pictures and the author used dialogue bubbles to use some written language. The story is very precious. It's about a young bird who is lonely and is trying to find friends. He is supported by his friend "wormy" who is going to help Owly look for some friends. The story depicts, through images, the adventure that the two friends take to find a new friend. They finally come across a little baby bird who is ...more
Runton, A. (2005). Owly: Just a little blue. Marietta, GA: Top Shelf Productions.


125 pages

Appetizer: This time around Owly is having trouble with a family of bluebirds who don't want to be his friends. But once Owly and Wormy learn that the bluebirds' natural homes are being destroyed, they decide to help build the birds a new home.

Unlike the first book in the series, this volume only focuses on one story and it explores the experience of having a kind gesture being rejected.

This may s
Jun 13, 2009 Christopher rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Audubon Sanctuary gift stores
I'm becoming evangelical about Owly. Volume 2 is all about charity. Owly sees a family of bluebirds who live in a hollow old tree. When Owly and Wormy try to make friends, the father bluebird harasses them and tells them to leave. Owly discovers a campaign to build birdhouses for bluebirds and decides to sacrifice their wheelbarrow to provide wood for a house.

This idea of giving up some luxury of yours to help others in need, even - especially - when those you are helping greet you only with abu
James Marsh
Disclaimer: I am a married 32 year old male with no children.

I have been an avid fan of comic books for most of my life, but the abundance of violence, sex and other unsavory material in the genre has scared me away for quite a while. I've been searching for all ages appropriate graphic novels to share with my nieces, nephew and to enjoy myself. I'd heard positive things about Owly and decided to give it a shot.

The art is charming and the nearly wordless but surprisingly involved story warms one
Genre: Sci-fi/Fantasy
Awards: None.
Grade level: K-2.
I absolutely love the Owly books and know my students would enjoy them just as much as I do. The Owly books allow the students to really use their imagination because there are no words throughout the book. However, it is easy for students to follow Owly along his journey and relate to him. In this particular book Owly has to make sacrifices and work at things, like friendship. These are both important lessons I hope to instill in my students. A
This was incredibly cute! I had several "awww" moments. I think the idea of an all-ages book is very interesting. For the most part, this juvenile graphic novel adheres to that goal, though it does utilize text a few times throughout. I don't believe it's fully necessary to understand the words, though. Someone only following the story through the pictures would still understand what direction the story was heading in. I found I didn't enjoy this graphic novel as much as I do those with words an ...more
If there is one complaint that I have about these books is that Owly, being, well, an owl, does not seem to be able to fly (well. And the in-world economics or Owly's diet). Otherwise this instalment is as charming as ever, with Owly and their friends trying to help a Bluebird family that doesn't want help.
Justyn Rampa
This was not my favorite Owly book.

I found it to be a bit long and slightly hard to follow given the limited amount of expression Any Runton uses. Ultimately, it is a great story about helping your neighbor but thematically, there were some holes for me. One, if someone doesn't want your help...don't give it to them. The very angry and proud Papa Blue Bird seriously didn't want Owly's help. Move on Owly, not everyone is going to be your friend and that's okay.

Ultimately, Owly saves the day...lik
31 January 2013

Owly, Vol. 2: Just a Little Blue follows the oh-so-generous Owly on another adventure to make friends. He attempts to befriend a bluebird by building the bird and his family a brand new house. Naturally mistrusting of the "big bad owl," the bird shoos Owly and Wormy away. Poor Owly always being misjudged. But when catastrophe strikes the bluebird family, our little heroes are there to save the day.

While I really enjoyed this heartwarming story, it left me feeling really, really ba
Sarah Shufelt
The second volume in Andy Runton’s graphic novel series, Owly, follows Owly as he take care his friend the blue bird. With the help of Flutter the butterfly and Wormy the worm Owly buys and builds a birdhouse to protect Little Blue and his family. The graphic novel successfully uses a mostly wordless style with occasional symbols including punctuation marks and arrows. The graphic black and white story is told through the expressions of the characters, especially the expressive eyes of Owly. Th ...more
Robert Beveridge
Andy Runton, Owly: Just a Little Blue (Top Shelf, 2005)

Owly and Wormy find themselves besieged by a pair of blue jays. In order to mollify them, Owly builds a nesting box, but they reject it in favor of the dead hollow tree they've been nesting in. All is well, if uneasy, until a big storm hits the valley, destroying the tree and causing one of the jays' babies to go missing. Once again, Andy Runton has done a fantastic job of conveying a world of feeling in very simple drawings; Owly is a great
I really got this from the library for my daughter, who is a big fan of graphic novels. After looking through this one, I knew I had a hit on my hands. But she insisted that I read it too. I feel a little like cheating, counting this as a book read, when there is very few words in the book. But it was a charming story and I'm sure I will still get to my 100 books without any trouble, so I'm going to list it. Owly and his little friend the worm decide to build a new house for the bluebirds. Very ...more
Wordless. In this book, Owly cast of friends expands as he befriends a butterfly and a bluebird. His mission this time is to help the bluebirds by building them a new home. They distrust him at first, but when the weather turns and Owly and his best friend Wormy help save the trio of baby bluebirds the bird family happily moves into their new home sweet home. This book was more cheerful and lighthearted than the 1st book. I'd almost suggest starting with this book and then going back to read the ...more
Andy Runton's Owly Volume 2: Just a Little Blue by Andy Runton is a popular book for ALL AGES. This book talks about the kindness of this kind owl named Owly and his pal Wormy who had just discovered blue birds and want to be friends with them. But the problem is, the blue birds don't like owls and eat worms. Will Owly and Wormy become friends with the blue birds?

I picked up this book because I wanted to continue the Owly series.

I finished this book because I can't let go of the book. It was t
This book is the second book of the owly serise. This time, owly and wromy discovers new friends. They are Blue Birds and they wanted to build a house for them. But the problem is that when something goes wrong, the birds think there trying to trap them. And they think they want to kill them. So the birds attack Owly and Wromy. But at the end, someone does a good deed and helps them out.

I picked this book because I liked the first book of the serise.

I finished this book because I wanted to know
A continuation of a cute little series. By a local author (well, Lilburn), no less!
Sandy Brehl
The Owly series of graphic stories are about 180 pages of nearly wordless mini-episodes that accumulate to a larger theme or context. The detail and complexity of the images and their evolving characters are suitable for any age, for English-or-any-language speakers, and for those eager to work with "long books". The episodes and their full volumes are ideal for building capacity to manage complex chapter books and novels in struggling readers, to summarize and explain, to note and describe supp ...more
Aug 13, 2007 Rebecca rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all ages
All the reviews that describe Owly will use the words "cute" or "charming," and it's true. Owly is a great recommendation for those looking for graphic novels for young readers -- Andy Runton's stories are told in cartoon form, with no words, only picture symbols for dialogue. The ideas of friendship, cooperation, and innocence are strong. In "Just a Little Blue," so many cute woodland creatures end up with their eyes brimful of tears that it could be cloying if it wasn't doing such a good job o ...more
Anna Nesterovich
This book is as good as the first one in the series Owly, Vol. 1: The Way Home & The Bittersweet Summer! Maybe even better, because it gives more opportunities to discuss with a kid real-life birds and their behaviour.
Graphic Novel. I thought Owly was a super cute, adorable character and enjoyed the graphic novel Volumes Two & Three. I like owls and forest animals in general so it would be a series I'd recommend to anyone who likes owls since it's always fun to read about something you are interested in. In Just A Little Blue, I loved Owly's expressions and his thoughtfulness. He just wanted to give a friend a home. Reading graphic novels is reading pictures as well as text or punctuation marks. The illus ...more
perfect. a 1st grader would enjoy it as much me
Feb 01, 2008 Cyrano rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those not repelled by the word "cute;" hieroglyphiliacs
Just a little amazing is more like it!

Owly is a graphic novel that just pulls in anybody with a heart. I think Runton is a genius for finally giving animals a realistic mode of communication - they speak in actions and pictographs (mini-comic strips, really). It's possible that keeping the stereotypical but slightly-too-human language bit out of Owly and Wormy's life is what allows readers to to feel so humanly, emotionally connected to it. At any rate, it is a great, engaging read, with ador
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Andy is the creator of the breakout all-ages series of graphic novels, Owly, featuring a kind-hearted little owl who's always searching for new friends and adventure. Relying on a mixture of symbols and expressions to tell his silent stories, Andy?s work showcases both his gift for characterization and his love of birds, animals, and the outdoors. His animated and heartwarming style has made him a ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Owly (1 - 10 of 13 books)
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