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Owly, Vol. 4 by Andy Runton
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Owly: A Time to be Brave, is a visually simplistic, yet whimsical, graphic novel about a cute owl and his friends overcoming their visceral reaction to a new creature living in their forest. The author's approach to conveying heavy themes, such as acceptance, through only visual media is a nice change from heavily text-based didactic tales. Young readers will delight in the expressive drawings that convey the thoughts of the characters so effectively. This novel is a great way of starting conversations with children about acceptance and understanding of people ( or cultures) that are different. Older readers will be able to think more critically about how the topic is presented in only visually, and how that makes it a more approachable topic. All school libraries should have at least one copy of an Owly novel. This thought-provoking, yet entirely adorable, artwork appeals to readers of all ages. Highly Recommended for ages 4-10.
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