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Owen (Mouse Books)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  15,508 Ratings  ·  566 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 1993 by Greenwillow Books
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Feb 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Although I have never been all that much of a fan of anthropomorphic animal stories (and especially of tales involving human like mice), Kevin Henkes' series of mouse tales are a glowing and sweet exception to this personal pet peeve. And his Owen has not in any way disappointed, providing a tender and evocative storyline, with equally expressive and delightful illustrations, pictures that while by themselves would not be all that much to my tastes, in combination with Henkes' text, with his pri ...more
Jul 24, 2012 rated it did not like it
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Aug 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
Ever heard of the blanket fairy? Until reading this, I never had.

The mouse family in this book is very cute! I loved the expressions they have. Young Owen is very attached to his blanket. His parents try all sorts of methods to get him to part with it.

Parents can relate to having to separate the baby items (first stuffy, blanket, pacifier, etc) from their child and kids can read this for alternatives and that every kid goes through adjustments in their life.
Jan 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read this book as a part of the picture book challenge I am participating in on my blog. One of the categories was to read a book that is a book by Kevin Henkes so I decided to choose this book. If you're interested in the picture book categories I'll be reading from as part of the challenge be sure to check out the link here: 2017 Challenges.

This was such an adorable picture book and I loved the simplicity of the art. It reminded me so much of my own experiences with having that toy or blanke
Dec 24, 2008 rated it really liked it
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.

This book was selected as one of the books for the November 2016- Caldecott Honor discussion at the Picture-Book Club in the Children's Books Group here at Goodreads.
Aug 29, 2008 rated it really liked it
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.
Kyla Phelps
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
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Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This adorable story is about a little boy (mouse) named Owen who is attached to his fuzzy yellow blanket that he has had since he was a baby. Owen does everything with his blanket in hand from playing on the playground to using the restroom. Throughout the story a nosy neighbor named Mrs. Tweezers makes suggestions to Owen's parents of ways to rid Owen of his blanket. She suggests the blanket fairy who is similar to the tooth fairy but obviously collects blankets rather than teeth but that did n ...more
Brooklyn Billington
Oct 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Personal Response: This was an enjoyable bedtime story to read to Ella (age four); a little girl I babysit. Her favorite part of this story was when Owen's mother came up with the idea to cut up his blanket. This lets him bring parts of his baby blanket where ever he wanted.

Plot Summary: This cute children's book is about a little mouse named Owen. His favorite thing in the whole wide world is his fuzzy yellow blanket named, of course, Fuzzy. His Fuzzy went where ever Owen went. His Fuzzy did ev
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
Nov 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Such a sweet story! Owen has a favorite blanky named Fuzzy. He loves it and takes it wherever he goes. But he is getting to be a big boy and can't keep carrying Fuzzy everywhere. So his mom and dad make several, unsuccessful attempts to help him part with Fuzzy. Their final attempt is ingenious.

While my girls never really had a favorite blanky or stuffed animal, I know this is common for many children (and one of mine was very, very attached to her pacifier). This is a great book to perhaps hel
Nov 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: caldecott
1994 Caldecott Honor - Favorite Illustration: I love the page where Fuzzy isn't so fuzzy, but Owen carries, wears. and drags it anyway.
Kids are so imaginative, and I feel like the illustrations are perfect at reflecting the way kids use their favorite items to imagine and play just about anything! This is a fun story about a little boy who isn't ready to give up his security blanket; even though Mom and Dad try everything to help him see that he's getting too old. I love the solution that Mom c
Sep 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
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.

*Taken from my book reviews blog:
Janet Chen
Apr 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
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.
May 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
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!
Sep 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-the-kiddos
Reading about Kevin Henkes on npr today reminded me of how many times we read his books when my boys were little. I think we loved this one the most.
Jul 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
This is SO cute! I love the resolution of the problem with Fuzzy, Owen's fuzzy yellow blanket and best friend. The illustrations are colorful and interesting with fun mouse details.
Laura Hawke
May 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I love Kevin Henkes' books. I also have an Owen and he just happens to have a blankie as well, so we could relate.
Feb 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tutoring-books
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.
Mar 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
What an adorable story, and I'd like to clock that old busy body in the, well...anyway, the illustrations are as sweet as can be.
Cynthia Egbert
Jan 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: library
This one hits really, REALLY close to home and the struggle is real! And we all have our blankies that we cling to.
Not my favorite Henkes, but still really good.
Ale Vargas
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is Caldecott Honor book about a little mouse named Owen that had a favorite blanket since he was very little. He would go everywhere with it, and never let it go. He named it Fuzzy. He would play wit it, sleep with it, take a shower with it, Fuzzy was kind of like Owen's best friend. Nevertheless, he was getting bigger, and school was going to start, the neighbor started telling the parents that it would be weird for Owen to go to school with a blanket, so the parents started making tr ...more
Cassandra Altuzar
Dec 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is such a cute book! It is an excellent book to read to children who are dependent on a blanket, stuffed animal, or something similar. The child can learn from it, but the parent can also learn ways to help the child become less dependent on that item. The book tells you that it is illustrated using watercolor paints and a black pen. The illustrations in this book are very vibrant and detailed cartoons. It uses a lot of purples, greens, and reds which makes the world look colorful and excit ...more
The book Owen is an awesome book for children. It talks about a little mouse who had a fuzzy yellow blanket and Owen would take the blackout he called fuzzy with him everywhere he went. His parents and neighbor thought it was time for Owen to part ways with the blanket and they tried making it dirty, smell like vinegar, etc. nothing worked. Finally, before Owen started school his mother cut Fuzzy up into little square pieces and sewed them placed so Owen could have Fizzy with him everyw
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