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Owly Volume 3: Flying Lessons: 05/05/10

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All of the Olwy books are picture only graphic novels. I've been snagging them from the library as I see them. They are a lovely way to unwind at the end of the day. I've tried getting my owl loving son to read them but he isn't interested. He's getting into chapter books so a graphic novel without any words seems like a huge step backwards for him.

In Owly Volume 3: Flying Lessons by Andy Runton, Owly and Wormy see a strange swooping creature at dusk. After a long discussion and comparing of pictures they discover their flying neighbor is a shy flying squirrel.

Owly as he always does, sets out to befriend the squirrel. There's just one big problem. Most owls eat squirrels. How can he convince the squirrel he's a friend and not a threat?

As the book progresses, it comes out that Owly can't fly. We get a glimpse of his past with traumatic flying lessons at school. Owly's friends decide its time for him to learn how to fly. As always, little Owly breaks my heart. He's such a charming and sweet character.

The Owly series includes

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Comment #1: Thursday, May, 6, 2010 at 09:06:29


I managed to read Owly to my children by making an assortement of worldless noices — and somehow it was the first book that made my older son cry (which made me happy, because I think everyone needs to cry over a book at least once in their lives).

Comment #2: Friday, May 7, 2010 at 17:46:09


My daughter and I read it together. Mostly she looked at the pictures and explained to me the story as she understood it. My son though is at that age where he's not interested in picture books (even though he knows I still read them for fun). He's a lot like me in his reading tastes and his approach to reading. I think he'll come around the series when he's older and doesn't feel like he has to prove himself as a reader.

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