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The Journal of the Lincoln Heights Literary Society
Miscellanea and Ephemeron

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04/21/2005 Archived Entry: "Comic review: Owly: Just a Little Blue"

Owly: Just a Little Blue
by Andy Runton
Publisher: Top Shelf Productions

Reviewed by Kathryn Ramage

The adorableness continues.

Andy Runton carries on the adventures of Owly, the lonely little owl whose kindness and generosity helps him to find friends. (See my review of the first Owly graphic novel.) In Just a Little Blue, Owly and his best friend Wormy, along with a butterfly named Flutter who shows up unexplained halfway through the story, try to make friends with a bad-tempered bluebird and his family. The bluebird is hostile and suspicious, certain that, as a member of a predator species, Owly must be up to no good. He resists all friendly overtures... until Owly’s good-heartedness wins out in the end.

As in the first book, the dialog here is not written text, but easy-to-understand pictograms. I was surprised and impressed at the rather complex concepts that could be conveyed by this system. For example, Owly and Wormy plan to build a birdhouse for the bluebird family; searching for building materials, they consider and reject other objects before Owly decides to sacrifice his little wooden handcart. Wormy protests this idea at first -- he enjoys riding in the cart -- but when he contrasts his enjoyment of riding in the cart with the thought of the bluebirds sitting out in the cold wind and rain with no shelter, he overcomes his selfishness and agrees to Owly’s plan. And all without a written word!

What else can I say? The second Owly book is as charming, sweet, funny, and touching as the first.

And don't forget Owly "Splashin' Around" is this year's Free Comic Book Day (May 7) comic from Top Shelf Productions.

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