Owly & Wormy: Friends All Aflutter by Andy Runton
The popular Owly graphic novels make their picture book debut with this colorful new story. Owly and his best friend Wormy want to make friends with some butterflies. So they plant a milkweed plant, hoping to attract some. All they manage to attract are some bugs that are definitely not butterflies and that are munching on the milkweed leaves. Owly and Wormy make friends with the bugs instead until one day the bugs have to leave. Now Owly and Wormy are left alone. They wait and wait for their friends to return. When they eventually do come back though, Owly and Wormy don’t recognize them!
Runton’s friendly and funny Owly graphic novels are some of my go-to graphic novels for younger children. This new book makes the Owly stories available to even younger readers. With the wordless format, this is a book that will appeal to children just about to become readers themselves.
Add the bright colors to the illustrations and you have a very appealing book that is about friendship and metamorphosis. The cartoon-like illustrations filled with smiling faces large and small are very friendly themselves. The illustrations run from two-page spreads to smaller more graphic-novel-like images that read as panels.
This book takes graphic novels to the youngest readers and introduces them to a friend that they can share adventures with for years to come. Appropriate for ages 4-6.
Reviewed from copy received from Simon & Schuster.