Christopher's Reviews > Owly, Vol. 1: The Way Home & The Bittersweet Summer

Owly, Vol. 1 by Andy Runton
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The first of the Owly books is divided into two smaller stories. The first could have been titled "Owly Origins: Wormy" - but that would be silly.

The first story does indeed spell out the meeting of Owly and her/his companion Wormy. I saw a bit of a flashback to this in the 4th book. The art in this first story is distinctly rougher. I like the finer work of the later stories better.

The second story, Bittersweet Summer, captures the essence of Owly. Owly is such a gentle soul, just wanting to spend time birdwatching, gardening, being with friends. This story is also the first (and I hope last) time we see humans in Owly's world. We don't come off well; caging a hummingbird is the only negative act I've seen so far.

As usual, my three year-old devoured this book and is so proud of herself for reading such a fat little book by herself.
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