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4.25  ·  Rating details ·  17,489 ratings  ·  706 reviews
“Fuzzy goes where I go.”

Owen’s fuzzy yellow blanket is his favorite possession. Everywhere Owen goes, his blanket goes with him. Upstairs, downstairs, in-between. Inside, outside, upside down. Everywhere! Owen’s parents are in despair—soon Owen will begin school, and he can’t take Fuzzy with him then. Whatever can be done?

This Caldecott Honor Book will provide reassurance
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published 1993 by Greenwillow Books
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Owen loves his blanket and he’s getting big, so his parents are trying to take it or have him give it up. He’s about to start school and he can’t take it with him. There are many cute scenes of him and his blanket. They come up with a great ending to the story of how Owen does give up the blanket. It’s a smart idea. That blanket is very gross after all it goes through.

This is a beginning story. It’s cute, but the art didn’t stand out for me.

The nephew loved the picture of Owen and his blanket on
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
Jul 24, 2012 rated it did not like it
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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
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
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone Looking for Children's Stories About the Need for Reassurance / Security Blankets
Owen's yellow baby blanket, nicknamed Fuzzy, had been with him all his life - a constant companion through thick and thin. When well-meaning but nosy Mrs. Tweezers suggests to his parents that he is getting too old for such things, a hilarious contest of wills begins. The blanket-fairy, dipping in vinegar, and just "saying no" all fail to separate Owen from his blanket, until finally his mother has an ingenious idea that will keep everyone happy...

Kevin Henkes' picture-book mice are always adora

“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 var
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Loved sharing this with my niece, who totally understood Owen's point of view ...more
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
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. ...more
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!
Amara Dorsey
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This book has always been a favorite it of mine and I it has a special place in my heart. When I was a kid my grandmother used to read this to me. Owen was a character I felt like I could relate to, although I didn’t have a fuzzy yellow blanket I had a unicorn I would carry around with me. If you like books that show having to grow up alittle but still remain a child this is a good read.
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
Luisa Knight
A mouse must get used to not having his blanket with him.

Ages: 3 - 6

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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.
Sheri Radford
Nov 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kids
In a picture book, the child must solve the problem. An adult can't swoop in and solve the problem for the child. This book, although cute and well told, breaks that cardinal rule. Owen doesn't solve the problem of how to give up his beloved blanket. Mom solves the problem for him. ...more
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. ...more
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. ...more
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.
Laura Arabie
Dec 26, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm making my way through Amazon's 100 Best Children's Books to Read in a Lifetime. 23 down. ...more
Daniel Wilson
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was an interesting read. It struck me as not just a kid’s book, but as an adult’s book too. This is why.

Owen is a book about growing up, about the loss of innocence. About giving up a blanket. All of us in our lives have had to grow up. JM Barrie’s lost boys in Neverland never grow up, but they are called the lost boys for a reason. Part of life is about growing up, and boys and girls are lost if they don’t do so. This book helps adults remember their childhood, and maybe even remind them
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
Vernon Area Public Library KIDS
Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Preschool - Grade 3
Owen loves his little Fuzzy yellow security blanket, and it goes everywhere with him! An adventure for parents as well who try to reason with their own toddlers in trying to give up their blankets.

Reviewed by: Debbie Hersh, Circulation, Vernon Area Public Library
Dec 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Dang Mrs. Tweezers is a b**** who needs to mind her own business.

Anyway I was a blankie kid and I’m glad Owen didn’t fall for any of that nonsense!
Leighanna Wright
Summary: The story Owen is about a young child who is attached to his blanket.No matter how filthy or raggedy the blanket got, Owen still loved it as much as the first day he received it. His neighbor, Mrs. Tweezers, thinks Owen is too old to be carrying a blanket and tries to give his parents advice to sneak the blanket away from him.

Evaluation: Owen is a great book that is heartwarming and moving. This is a fiction book that portrays a theme about teaching its readers about acceptance and pro
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
Katie Fitzgerald
Owen loves his yellow blanket, Fuzzy, but with school starting soon, his parents, goaded by their nosy next door neighbor, Mrs. Tweezers, want him to give it up. Owen perseveres, however, until his parents come up with a much more compassionate resolution than anything Mrs. Tweezers suggests. I doubt this is what kids would like about it, but my favorite part of this book was the peer pressure inflicted upon Owen’s parents by Mrs. Tweezers. I have a fascination with the portrayal of adult proble ...more
Panda Incognito
In this book, a small mouse, Owen, is deeply attached to Fuzzy, his blanket. His next door neighbor criticizes this, and his parents want him to start school without the blanket. Owen can’t bear the idea of letting go of Fuzzy, so his mother comes up with a creative solution.

How parents and children respond to this book will depend on their backgrounds and attitudes towards security objects, but this is a sweet, reassuring story with vibrant illustrations that convey Owen’s imaginative play, his
Aug 21, 2007 rated it it was amazing
First sentence: Owen had a fuzzy yellow blanket. He’d had it since he was a baby. He loved it with all his heart.

Premise/plot: Owen loves, loves, loves his blanket. Life is good—no, life is great! But school threatens to change all that. Owen’s parents are being encouraged by a nosy neighbor that Owen absolutely has to lose the blanket before he starts school. Can Owen keep his Fuzzy and start growing up into a big boy (big mouse, I suppose) too?

My thoughts: Owen is a great book. I love, love,
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