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On a cool evening on the swamp, a figure appears dancing across the water. A human figure, but far from a human form. A Ghost, a young girl spirit that seems to have lost its way. A good Samaritan owl decides to help against the wishes of his animal brethren. What mysteries does the ghost girl hold the secrets to and what will happen when she and the owl unlock them togeth ...more
Hardcover, 53 pages
Published May 8th 2018 by Diamond Book Distributors
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Amalia Gavea
''She's not a real girl. She's a ghost.''
''Then why can we see her?''
''We can see them. It's humans who can't.''

Sometimes we discover little gems out of nowhere. We, obsessed readers as we are, have experienced this countless times. It is one of the greatest joys of reading. So, three nights ago as I was waiting for the L.A.Clippers game to start, I started browsing Edelweiss and the title ''The Ghost, The Owl'' caught my eye. Yes, well, obviously. Ghosts, owls....This had my name wr
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Trish
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a really cool story about a ghost suddenly appearing in a swamp.

The only animal willing to help is the owl. By doing so, the owl gets to reconnect with a bit of its own past and stop evil.

Without spoilers, it's hard to say more about this short but lovely story. Suffice it to say that it's about helping others and not accepting artificial boundaries (the typical "them vs us").

Astonishing about this book is not the story though. The story was solid althought the reason for the ghost to a
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Silvia
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was sent this book as an advanced copy by the publisher via NetGalley for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own.

This was a stunning graphic novel with a simple but captivating plot about generosity and how much a single kind act can do.

The art is however what's truly magnificent about it. It's worth spending a good minute or two studying every detail of each page. I've only read an e-copy but I would love owning the physical product.

Definitely get this if you're looking for a gra
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♥ Sandi ❣
4.5 stars Thank you to NetGalley and Diamond Book Distributors for allowing me to read and review this book. Published May 8, 2018.

A review that I accidentally skipped over - Read March 28. 2018.

What a gorgeous book. The illustrations in this short book are simply wonderful. Everything swirls together and runs across the page as it morphs into the next scene. Simply stunning.

The story is about helping others - how the owl helps the ghost remember who she is and where she belongs, even after c
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Darinda
Mar 22, 2018 rated it liked it
One evening, a ghost of a young girl appears in a swamp. She doesn't remember who she is or why she is there, and a kindly owl offers to help her.

A short graphic novel. I liked the artwork, but wasn't a fan of how the ghost was drawn. Everything else was excellent though.

A simple and quick read. A ghost needs to find closure. An owl offers to help, despite the fact that animals are not to interfere in human affairs. As they search for answers about the ghost, they are led to a nearby cabin, wh
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A lost young girl appears in the swamp one evening. An owl realizing it is a ghost decided to help against the wishes of his brethren.

I really thought I was going to be blown away by the art in this graphic novel. The cover has this realistic style contrasted to a more fanciful style that is the ghost. But yeah, I wasn't a fan. The main problem I had was the heavy use of black with what was a fairy tale sort of environment. The t
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Tyler J Gray
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This had me in tears. So sweet. So amazing what a simple act of kindness can do. It's simplistic but I loved it for that. But I have questions. Who is Jessica to Eleanor? Who is that awful man and why did he want the house? But ultimately a very sweet short graphic novel about kindness. Loved the art and story.
♛ Garima ♛
It is very simple ghost story. A small girl's ghost playing on the pond, not remembering how she got there. Owl helped her to find the closure and along with that finds adventure of his own.
It is rather small story, I read it in 10-15 minutes less. Art is amazing and very beautiful illustrations.
Alina
A short graphic story about kindness. The narrative is rather ambiguous and underdeveloped, but the illustrations and colors are simply beautiful.
Laura
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is an amazing graphic novel, so beautifully illustrated, of an owl who helps a ghost find her home, so to speak. The owl has been helping since he himself was rescued and helped when he was an owlet.

If I say to much about this very short graphic novel, I give too much away, but look at these pages below. Look at that art. It fairly swirls around.

The only issue I have with this book is the threat to the owl, that is built up half-way through the book, either it wasn't a real threat, or there
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Nicole (TheBookWormDrinketh)
Well, I’m going to keep this short and sweet because this was a short and sweet story!

It is the story of helping others no matter what. Standing up for what you believe in and going against the wishes of others to lend a helping hand should not be tied to a certain species, if we ignore the plight of others than nothing will ever be solved in the world.

And… THIS ARTWORK!!! WHAT CAN I SAY??? WOW! It is truly gorgeous!
Chad
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, netgalley-2018
A short little story about an owl who helps a ghost and the woman who helped the owl when it was just an owlet. Read almost like more of a children's book than a graphic novel. Full of gorgeous, swirling art.
stefiereads
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Simple and yet so lovely.
"Never underestimate a power of kindness". This is what the book taught me.
It's like a reminder to always be kind to others, to help others without expecting anything back.
I love this graphic novel a lot. It is short and a bit strange. But I did not expect that I would like it so much. Plus, seriously... the illustration?! SUPER BEAUTIFUL.

*The e-copy is provided by NetGalley in exchange for honest opinion.
Rebecca
A kind-hearted owl decides to help the ghost of a little girl remember where she came from and what happened to her. With the assistance of his fellow woodland and swamp creatures, they locate a nearby cottage that happens to hold significance for both the ghost and the owl; its human resident is in danger, but with some quick thinking they might just save her and find a way for the ghost to lay her memories to rest. I loved the swirly backdrops and the illustrations of the animals and the natur ...more
Isa Lavinia


ARC PROVIDED BY NETGALLEY

Three stars exclusively for Sara Richard's illustrations, because the story is underdeveloped and mediocre.

And even Richard's illustrations, though absolutely amazing when depicting the forest animals, were a bit incongruous when it came to the ghost girl, who looked like some kind of manga fanart.

The dialogue was very simplistic and sometimes grammatically unsound, like when the owl refers to something as "more strange" instead of stranger.

All in all, Richard's ar
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Christine
Disclaimer: ARC via Netgalley

The owl has long had a connection to the dead, in many cultures and myths. It is hardly surprising that it makes an appearance here.

The owl is in the forest and discovers the ghost of a young girl, and this new arrival puzzles the animals of the forest. The only one willing to help the young ghost girl is the owl. Instead of being a simple tale of a spirit finding its place in the afterlife, the tale becomes one of light versus dark, and how things are interconnect
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Brooke
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2018
I love how cute and whimsical the art style is! This was so charming and cute! 100% recommend for a cute, fun, and adorable read!
Lin
Mar 17, 2018 rated it liked it
review coming soon
Anna
Apr 07, 2018 rated it liked it
I have some mixed feelings about this one. According to the publisher it's supposed to be for children but I'm not really sure about it. The story seems a bit too heavy and creepy in my opinion. I don't think kids shouldn't read scary stuff - if they like it like I did when I was a kid then sure, why not. But the violence against the woman and the heavy sexual undertones seemed like way too much. On the other hand, it was too underdeveloped to be directed at adults so... I really don't know.

BUT
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Matt
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One night a ghost of a little girl appears dancing across a lake getting the attention of an owl, while other animals ignore her the owl decides to help her. Using little bits of information that each has and their own pasts, the two discover why the ghost appeared along with a threat to the owl’s forest home. Despite threats from others, the owl continues to the help the little ghost who can protect the person that brought her spirit out from the grave to wander the woods that she did when aliv ...more
Callum McLaughlin
I picked this graphic novel up on a whim after seeing some of the art online a while ago and thinking it looked gorgeous. Very fable-esque in tone, it centres around an owl helping a ghost to make peace with her life and death, and struggling with the rule that forbids animals from interfering with human lives. Story-wise, it was fine. Things felt a bit rushed and there were a couple of plot holes (even within the context of such a whimsical story), but I did like the allegorical message about o ...more
Kate
3/5stars

This is a really, REALLY short little graphic novel that I got off NetGalley. It was honestly absolutely beautiful - the art really blew me away. But, I was confused as to what the audience was. It seemed extremely young and cheesey with the whole "oh I have my friends to help me" and stuff, but then it also had some very dark elements to it also. It was also just a little too short in my opinion, which pulled it down a bit. But overall it was a very cute, short, beautiful little book
Elina Tola (Bookeliina)
A short and charming ghost story. About a ghost of a small girl and a helpful owl. With very beautiful and whimsical illustrations.


I received a digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Rogene Carter
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
A simple and yet beautifully told and lushly illustrated story. A real winner.
Mimi
Beautifully illustrated and a touching story. Good for kids and pre-teens. Eager to read more by this artist.
Marianna
This graphic novel is absolutely stunning. I kept staring at the drawings for many minutes: their author is a master, she perfectly knows how to make the colors and the expressions communicate emotions just with a couple of traits. The pencils are just WOW.
The story too is a lovely one. I missed reading something like a fairytale, a paranormal book which both cured the plot and the setting with lightness and attention.
Since I loved it, I have nothing more to say. Great compliments to both the
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Andie
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Overall, I liked the story- the message it conveyed was beautiful and I loved the Owl's strong set of beliefs. The illustrations were gorgeous- they turned a bit gory at some point, but not anything that would go over the normal limit. While I wasn't particularly struck by the feeling I couldn't put the book down, I got into the story easily.
The graphic novel was very original- I haven't seen anything similar before and the novelty of the idea was highly appreciated. // review taken from my Edel
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Olivia Elizabeth
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Ghost, The Owl is an incredibly imaginative graphic novel by Franco and illustrated by Sara Richard.

Owl and the other animals in the swamp are going about their day when a ghost appears seemingly out of nowhere. No one has seen her before and she herself can't recall where she came from. Owl decides to take it upon himself to figure out her origins and help her find her way despite the warnings of the other animals.  A mystery begins to unfold involving a young woman in a house by the swamp,
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Navi
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a short graphic novel that really packs a punch. It is about the unlikely friendship between an owl and a ghost. After seeing a ghost wandering in the woods, an owl decides to befriend her. The ghost is lost and confused so the owl tries to help her remember. Things progress from here.

The plot is simple but what completely blew me away was the beautiful artwork. The blue-green undertones give an ethereal and eerie beauty to the pages which help bring the story to life.

I will say that th
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Heather
”Helping is what is necessary. It shouldn’t matter whom or what you are helping.”

This is easily the most beautiful story I’ve ever read.

The Artwork is so whimsical, and lovely. From the very first page I was mesmerized and brought into a new world. I loved the details from the huge landscape pages, to the close-up detailed pages.

The story was a good one to be told and features such a small cast of characters, and is told in such a short amount of time, that is truly amazing how much hope can
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Franco Aureliani is an American comic book writer/artist, best known for writing the DC Comics series Tiny Titans, for which he won two Eisner Awards in 2009 and 2011. Tiny Titans also won a Harvey award in 2011. He was also nominated for another Harvey in 2013 for another project from DC Comics, Superman Family Adventures. He and longtime writing partner and friend, Art Baltazar, won their third ...more

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