Andy Runton’s adorable duo, Owly & Wormy, have already made a name for themselves in the form of the Owly graphic novels and comic books, which have sold more than 400,000 copies. Now these irresistible pals make their picture book debut in this clever and touching tale of friendship and change.
Owly and Wormy want some butterflies! But the plant they bring home from the nursery only attracts fat, green bugs. To Owly and Wormy’s delight, the bugs end up being fantastic friends—until they build cocoons. Owly and Wormy wait. And wait. And wait. Then one day, their friends return—in the form of butterflies!
Fans of Runton's series of graphic novels know about Owly and Wormy's warm friendship and Owly's love for all living things. In the duo's first picture book, Owly learns that in order to attract the butterflies he yearns for, he must plant milkweed in his garden; however, he and Wormy are disconcerted by the caterpillars that show up. Since there's no text, their heated discussion is portrayed through speech balloons containing miniature illustrations and energetic punctuation: " = !" Wormy protests. " !" " = home," a baseball-capped caterpillar explains tearfully. Owly is a round ball with enormous, expressive eyes and pointy ears; tiny, blobby Wormy often perches on his head. Runton's colors are unabashedly cheerful lemony yellows, sky blues, and velvety purple for night scenes and clever, rewarding touches abound (when Owly gets a brainstorm, it's an efficient compact fluorescent light bulb that appears). Even very young children will be able to puzzle out the story's details from the expressions on the characters' faces, and Runton's unvarnished sentimentality creates an atmosphere of absolute security. Ages 3 7.