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Owen (Mouse Books)

4.25 of 5 stars 4.25  ·  rating details  ·  11,754 ratings  ·  422 reviews
Owen had a fuzzy yellow blanket. "Fuzzy goes where I go," said Owen. But Mrs. Tweezers disagreed. She thought Owen was too old for a blanket. Owen disagreed. No matter what Mrs. Tweezers came up with, Blanket Fairies or vinegar, Owen had the answer. But when school started, Owen't mother knew just what to do, and everyone -- Owen, Fuzzy, and even Mrs. Tweezers -- was happy ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 15th 1993 by Greenwillow Books
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I would personally like to thank Kevin Henkes for writing the book Owen because it seemed like a gift to me and my son, Owen. The book Owen came out in 1993 and the person Owen came out in 1992. When the book came out, my Owen had a year to establish himself as a little human being and by the time he was a year old he had a comfort "LeLe" -- a Lambchop puppet with a soft wooly fleece and he sucked his thumb. I think maybe Kevin Henkes saw us at the park one day and became inspired by my adorable ...more
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Loved this Caldecott Honor title about Owen and his beloved blanket Fuzzy! Fuzzy is more than a security blanket for Owen in times of stress--it is also a companion in all manner of childhood adventures of both the real-world and imagination variety. Fuzzy is truly a beloved friend. So when nosy neighbor Mrs. Tweezers hints to Owen's parents that he is too old for his blanket and suggests ways they can help him get over it, Owen's friendship is unfailing--after all, how could Owen allow his belo ...more

“Owen” is a cute children’s book written from the mind of Kevin Henkes. The book relates the story of how children are usually attracted to certain objects, such as a blanket, whenever they are young of age. “Owen” was also the winner of the Caldecott Honor Book and has been greatly received for many years.

Kevin Henkes’ illustrations are truly highlighted in this story as the main characters are mainly mice which is the basis for most of his books. Kevin Henkes also vividly illustrates the vari
A story about a little boy who didn't want to let go of his blanket. Don't worry kid, we all know how your feel.
Kate Babbitt
The book Owen by Kevin Henkes is bout two little mice who have blankets that they take everywhere. The book contains short sentences and simple pictures on the things they like to do and their childhood activities they take their blanket on. Then on day the blanket gets really dirty and the mom takes it to take care of. In the end, due to it being worn down and not wanting to take it to school, she turns it into a little handkerchief that she can take to school and have discretely but not go wit ...more
An "O" book for Collin's learning time. A very cute story of a little mouse and his fuzzy yellow blanket. Owen disagreed that he was too old to carry his blanket everywhere. In the end his mother knew just what to do and came up with the perfect solution.
Owen by Kevin Henkes (1993)
Genre: Picture book
Format: Book
Plot summary: Owen's parents try to get him to give up his favorite blanket before he starts school, but when their efforts fail, they come up with a solution that makes everyone happy.
Considerations or precautions for readers advisory (strong language, sex, death, religious overtones, violence, etc.): No special considerations
Review citation (if available):
Section source used to find the material: ALA Notabl 1994
Recommended age: K-2nd g
Caldecott Honor Book

Owen (Caldecott Honor Book) Hardcover – September 15, 1993
by Kevin Henkes (Author, Illustrator)

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Aryana Ahmad
This is a story told about a boy who is obsessed with his blanket. No matter what he is doing his blanket is with him. His parents on the other hand start getting worried and believe that it isn't a good idea for him to have especially when school starts. His parents try everything in their power to get Owen to not like the blanket anymore. In the end Owen's mom comes up with the idea of making the blanket "Fuzzy" into a handkerchief.
Personal Reaction - I like this book because it has a good mea
Owen is a book about a mouse who loves his blanket. Owen carries this blanket with him everywhere he goes. As the story progresses, Owen's blanket becomes the conflict of the plot. Owen's parents start to wonder if carrying the blanket everywhere Owen went was too childish. This storybook would be a good read for ages 6-7. The plot structure is easier to follow as a child who is still developing language and meanings. The theme is also easily relatable for children needing to part with a beloved ...more
Emily Sirota
This is a book illustrated and written by Kevin Henkes about a little mouse named Owen. Owen is really attached to his blanket and likes to bring it everywhere he goes; this includes school, playing with friends, and even hanging around with his parents. He doesn't want to stop bringing his blanket everywhere but his teacher doesn't want him to keep bringing it with him to class so he has to figure out an alternative. This is a great book for anyone that has trouble with letting go of both abstr ...more
Madison Hays
Owen, written by Kevin Henkes, is a story about a little mouse that loves his blanket! It is his best friend and they do everything together. His fuzzy blanket is there for him whenever he is scared, wants to play, or is ready for bed. But when Owen's parents think he is getting too old to be carrying his blanket around, they try to come up with ways to get rid of it! Will Owen finally give up his blanket or will his parents have to give in?

This story has colorful, sketched out illustrations. E
Taylor White
Owen by Kevin Henkes is a children's picture book that is a Caldecott Honor Book. A mouse named Owen takes his yellow blanket, Fuzzy, everywhere he goes. He eats his meals with him, takes him to the dentist, and snuggles with him in bed at night. Owen's parents are concerned that Owen is getting too old to carry around his blanket with him everywhere he goes. Owen's parents talk to Mrs. Tweezer on ways they can separate Owen and Fuzzy. Owen’s parents tell Owen to leave Fuzzy under his pillow for ...more
Hannah Stein
Owen by Kevin Henkes is a perfect read for young children, especially those who carry some kind of stuffed animal or blanket of their own. Owen is a little boy who carries around Fuzzy, a little blanket he loves and has had since he was born. Owen takes Fuzzy absolutely everywhere. One day the next door neighbor, Mrs. Tweezers, tells Owen's parents that they should encourage him to stop carrying Fuzzy by introducing the Blanket Fairy or by putting vinegar on the blanket, yet Owen isn't bothered. ...more
Gwen Martin
I have always enjoyed Kevin Henkes's books. They always have the best illustrations and always teach a good lesson, and "Owen" was no different. A little mouse loved his blanket and took it everywhere he went. His parents seemed to become worried that others would begin to make fun of him for carrying a blanket around, so their neighbor gave them all these tricks to try to make Owen not like his blanket anymore. None of them worked, so Owen's mom finally made hankies out of the blanket, which ma ...more
Melanie Abril
Owen is a little mouse who, like most young children, has a blanket that he takes everywhere. He does everything with "Fuzzy". One day, the next door neighbor, Mrs. Tweezers, tells Owen's parents that he is too old to be carrying around his old and ratty blanket. Owen's parents ask what they should do and Mrs. Tweezers "fills them in". However, despite their attempts to take Fuzzy, Owen keeps it safe. Then the day before the first day of school comes around; Mrs. Tweezers suggests that they just ...more
Sarah Bennett
This story is about a young mouse, named Owen. The book illustrates his attachment to his fuzzy yellow security blanket that he carries around with him everywhere he goes. Owen's neighbor, Mrs. Tweezers does not think that a mouse of Owen's age should be carrying around a security blanket. She gives Owen's parents many recommendations on how to separate Owen and his favorite blanket. After much trial and error, Owen's mother comes up with a very creative idea on how to integrate Owen' fuzzy yell ...more
Daniella Variale
This story is a Caldecott honor book about a young mouse named Owen who could not part with his baby blanket. His parents tried a number of methods before they found a method that finally worked, and Owen was able to carry his blanket around in a very nontraditional way.
The book's orientation is almost square, which works well because almost all the illustrations in the book are square-shaped. The pictures are framed in borders, and many of the illustrations are montages. The second to last pag
Owen is about a little mouse who loves his fuzzy, yellow blanket. Owen takes his blanket wherever he goes. He turns his blanket into a cape, takes it to the dentist, and even uses it to become invisible. In this book, Henkes does a great job of capturing how a child feels when they are transitioning into a new school setting. Owen is just like every child who wants to take a piece of home with them to the first day of school, and wherever they go. Henkes touches on Owen’s parents feelings about ...more
I rather liked the illustrations for this book. There is something so marvelous about black outlines and bright color. I also enjoyed the story. Poor Owen's parents tried multiple ways to get rid of that blankie, but none of them worked....except for one. And the one that did was a perfect compromise. I would recommend this book.

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Alicia Singleton
Owen is a cute short story about growing up and compromising. Owen is a little mouse who carries around his fuzzy yellow blanket wherever he goes. This concerns Owen’s parents because he is about to start school soon and big boys do not bring blankets to school. They try everything from giving the blanket to the Blanket Fairy to dipping it into vinegar, but Owen would not give it up, until one day, Owen’s mother cut Owen’s blanket into little squares. Owen now had multiple little handkerchiefs t ...more
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Abriana Chamberlain
Owen can relate to many parents and their children. Owen has a blanket that he absolutely loves and takes everywhere he goes, but over the years this blanket has gotten pretty grungy. Owen is about to start school and his parents believe he is too old to be carrying around everywhere. They're neighbor Mrs. Tweezer says for them to the Blanket Fairy and even vineagar but Owen had the answer to it all. Then mother came up with a fantastic solution. I won't ruin the ending for you, but I honestly t ...more
Madison Young
Owen is the story about a young boy named Owen who has a favorite yellow blanket. The fuzzy yellow blanket goes everywhere with Owen, including the bath tub, outside, and to bed. The only problem is that Owen starts school soon and he cannot bring his blanket with him to school. This story tells the wonderful tale of a boy's favorite possession and Owen's family solves Owen's blanket problem. I enjoyed this story very much. It was very heart-warming and I really enjoyed the illustrations by Kevi ...more
Feb 08, 2014 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a fun story that kids can relate to; a lovey blanket that is worn out, but still much loved by the child. Our girls didn't really have an item like this, but they understood it and they really liked the ending. The illustrations are fun and tell the story well.
Kayla Dunbar
Owen is a delightful book about a mouse who is about to start school and carries a blanket named Fuzzy around with him wherever he goes. His family has a very nosy neighbor who tells Owen's parents that he shouldn't carry a blanket. Owen's parents try to get him to get rid of it but doesn't work. Finally his mother cuts it up into handkerchiefs. Kevin Henkes does a fabulous job of using the pictures to help tell the story. The pictures are original and very animated but it helps to make the stor ...more
Life is hard for Owen when everyone asks him to give up his special blanket. He shows his resourcefulness as he copes with all attempts to remove the blanket. Cute and funny and sure to speak to those kids who have a special something to which they are very attached.
This book SCARED THE HECK OUT OF ME when I was little, because I had a favorite blanket, and I was terrified that somebody was going to read the book and decide that it would be a good idea to cut MY blanket up into handkerchiefs. NOOOOOOOOO!
Janet Chen
Love the nosy neighbor!!! I remember performing this story out in first grade and it was so exciting. It is such a fun book and owen is adorable throughout it. Kevin Henkes is a great author and his books are always fun to read.
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