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Owly Wormy, Bright Lights and Starry Nights


3.88  ·  Rating details ·  387 ratings  ·  71 reviews
Out on a stargazing venture in this wordless picture book, Owly and Wormy discover that it’s fine to be frightened—but it’s better to be brave.

Owly and Wormy want to see the stars! So they gather their telescope and their lantern and head out into the dark night, all the way to the edge of their branch. Try as they might, though, they can only see leaves…and branches…and m
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published November 13th 2012 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published August 28th 2012)
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Sep 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
When the first Owly book came out years ago, I made sure to get it into the hands of my own reluctant reader. Unburdened by the need to read words, he immediately took to both Owly and Wormy. I’m happy to say that the series has continued to be just as good as that first book. Runton has started to do more picture book versions as well and this is one of those. In this book, Owly and Wormy go on a trek out of the woods and up to a hill where they will be able to view the stars better. Along the ...more
Feb 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I seriously love all the Owly books.
Evelyn Woagh
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014, graphic-novels
The different format from previous Owly books is very cute and welcome. It's a larger book in the format of a children's book, and a single story, whereas previous books in the series have been a condensed collection of stories.

With the new format, there are larger pictures and multiple new colours. The story as well is just as happy, enjoyable, and emotional as past stories, with the common and highly-welcome theme of making new friends. This one also focuses on adaptation to variables during a
Apr 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-stars
I really don't care for books with no words....Reading is about literacy..but I guess making up stories that go with the pictures is a good thing. However...trying to make out the story isn't very have to look very closely to get what they are trying to portray and I just didn't care for it! ...more
Nov 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
This book was awesome fun for my (almost) 4 yr old daughter and I. There aren't any words; the characters think and talk through thought bubbles that contain only pictures. It made reading it an adventure. Will definitely be looking for more Owly & Wormy adventures. ...more
Sep 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: youth-services
The illustrations are SO adorable, and it was a cute little wordless story. But honestly, I kind of had a tough time deciphering some of the pictures. If you're letting a child make up a story to go along with the pictures anyway, then that doesn't really matter. ...more
Lauren Kramer
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Owly and Wormy Bright Lights and Starry Nights! is a stunning wordless picture book by author/illustrator Andy Runton. Owly and his friend Wormy cannot wait to use their telescope to see the stars. No matter how hard they try, they cannot seem to find anything in the night sky.

Owly decides that in order to see stars, they should go camping. The pair soon get stuck in a rain storm and must take cover in a spooky, dark cave. Strange noises are coming from the back of the cave and Wormy does not wa
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Graphic novel: Owly & Wormy, Bright Lights and Starry Nights!
Owly and wormy are 2 friends that seek to see the beautiful things the sky has to offer. They are two friends who are afraid but find the courage to expand and explore what is out there. I loved this story because it’s adventurous, but it also gives you the sensation that you can overcome any situation you feel you can’t. I think that it’s a good moral story for children to read. Children need to explore but they also need to know tha
I love the illustrations, and Owly and the bats are especially adorable (I'm a sucker for spherical animals, I think).
The book is a wordless picture book, so if that's off-putting to you, then give this one a pass. If you don't mind building a story yourself, it's a pretty cute one. I actually used this in a storytime on day/night (could also be good for bats, stars, owls, etc). I sketched in the bare bones of the story, asking the kids lots of questions to fill in the rest ("what do they see in
Meg McGregor
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lexi-victoria
Once again, Mr. Runton weaves his magical spell, and invites little ones, into his world!

Owly & Wormy want to see the stars at night! They get everything prepared. But there is one problem! They can't see any stars! What are they to do?

This is a great way, to introduce your readers, to the wonders of astronomy!

Lexi and Victoria enjoyed making up their own story!

They had so much fun, that they read the book three times, and each time created a different story!
Viviane Elbee
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I picked this book up because I liked the cover & the title.

It’s a nearly wordless book, but the adorable illustrations show Owly & Wormy’s friendship and camping adventure - through rain and a dark scary cave - all in the search of a perfect spot to view the stars.

Fun for preschoolers & young elementary. Kids enjoyed it.
Nov 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
For a wordless picture book this is very adorable and I've come to love Owly and Wormy. Their friendship is amazing and they are always encouraging eachother and being very optimistic. You have to make sure to read their "speech" bubbles to make sense of what they would be trying to say, but otherwise very short and sweet story! ...more
Jun 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Charming graphic novel-esque picture book that Miss 2 enjoyed. I like finding books that have a clear narrative without text; it's nice discussing the story with her and identifying how characters are feeling based on the visual elements. ...more
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book, comics
Another full-color Owly book. Owly and Wormy want to look at the stars through their new telescope. But things keep getting in the way! They can't see from their home because the leaves are too thick, and another night it's raining. Will they ever get to see the sky? ...more
Soobie's scared
WoW! Owly and Wormy in colors. I love it!

I've almost read all Owly's books and I don't have troubles anymore understanding the meaning the author wants to convey. I think Runton did a wonderful job when it came to convey meaning though images.

I love the colors of this book: the blue is amazing!
Beatrice Fox
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Adorable. Guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
Naomi Ruth
May 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: children, bwob
See my review for Owly & Wormy, Friends All a Flutter.
Heather Jo
Oct 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: lily-list
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Oct 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love Owly so much.
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Love this wordless book!
Aug 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My son absolutely loves this book
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Super cute and clever with its illustrations and emoji talk. There aren’t any words!
Reign_ 1982
Nov 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
The graphics/illustrations were great. Just this particular book 📚 wasn't as good as the others. ...more
Stefany Boleyn
Oct 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
Very adorable book, but I don't think I'll be able to read it for storytime. Not many actual words, and it's too long to guess what's going on in each picture. ...more
Feb 27, 2013 rated it liked it
I like the Owly graphic novels, so I was excited to see this particular picture book. In this book Owly and Wormy are excited to look through a telescope to see the stars. But things don’t go quite as planned. For one thing Wormy is very scared of being in the dark. So they keep looking through the telescope, but they always have candles lit while they do so. And they can’t see stars. So they go on a journey to a nearby hill to look at the stars. But there are a couple of more reasons for Owly a ...more
Brianna Deines

1. This story doesn't have any words but the characters have thought bubbles that show what they are "saying" or thinking. I would say it is fairly easy to follow but the reader couldn't rush through looking at the pictures or else they wouldn't be able to follow the plot very well. If a student does take the time and has background knowledge of a telescope and looking at the stars this story could be very engaging.

2.A great way to use this book is with children who have a fear of the d
Jul 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Bright Lights is a sweet story about two friends, Owly and Wormy, who want to see the stars and, on the way, they become friends with a family of bats.

The story is told in a graphic novel style, except that instead of text in speech bubbles, there are instead more images. This made it great for reading with my pre-literate kid, because it meant that we could look at the pictures together and talk about what was happening – encouraging him to deduce from the visual cues how the characters are fee
Oct 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was a "read-aloud" for a group of kindergarteners through second graders at a library program on graphic novels, and let me tell you - it's the most engaged I've seen the kids with a book. Any book. They loved interpreting the rebuses that Owly and Wormy use to communicate with the reader, particularly the kids whose reading skills were still emergent. I displayed several Owly picture books at this program and they were all checked out.

I really like the regular Owly graphic novels and reco
Dione Basseri
Owly books are always great picks for children becoming more independent, but aren't yet ready for reading actual words. Runton does a wonderful job of conveying a story in just the pictures, with a little help from some "picture speech," where the animals convey their problems in simple pictograms.

It was particularly interesting to me to see this book as it's the first Owly book I've seen which is done in color. His comic collections are all black-and-white, and, while still good, the addition
Dec 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Owly and Wormy plan a camping trip so that they can use their telescope to see the stars, but run into a few roadblocks. The weather doesn’t cooperate, they get lost/scared in a cave, and they separate so that Owly can find the telescope they lost in their haste to outrun the creatures in the cave. A family of bats befriends the duo and all ends well as the stars finally make a bright and brilliant appearance.

A wordless comic book that’s appealing/recommended for pre-readers through early eleme
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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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