Books by Andy Runton

THE WAY HOME by Andy Runton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 4, 2020

"A simple but by no means simplistic tale emphasizing the universality of kindness. (Graphic fantasy. 6-10)"
A wide-eyed owl yearns to make friends. Read full book review >
BRIGHT LIGHTS AND STARRY NIGHTS by Andy Runton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"Young readers and pre-readers alike will respond strongly to the tale's elemental drama and clearly defined emotional arc. (Graphic picture book. 2-5)"
The small owl with big eyes and equally outsized heart makes new friends on a nocturnal outing. Read full book review >
FRIENDS ALL AFLUTTER! by Andy Runton
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 8, 2011

Graphic novelist Runton trades off page count for picture-book-bright hues and tones in his first all-color Owly story. (Owly has been appearing in his own eponymous graphic-novel series since 2004.) Related in large and easy-to-follow pictures, the wordless episode (helped by occasional exchanges in rebuses) pairs sweet-natured Owly and his vermiform sidekick with two caterpillars who appear on a milkweed plant, become good friends and playmates through a variety of weathers, mysteriously disappear for some weeks and then, in a joyful denouement, at last emerge as monarch butterflies. Owly's simple emotional ups and downs register as clearly as ever—so does the sense of time's slow passage—and the huge-eyed bird radiates appeal even more strongly here than in his previous appearances as a line-drawn figure. The author/illustrator's customary warm humor pervades this wee story: Wormy, upon seeing the chewed milkweed leaves, "speaks" in a rebus that illustrates a sick-looking flower with a thermometer in its mouth; an idea that strikes Owly combines old convention with newfangled eco-consciousness with a curly florescent light bulb that hovers over his head. New format, new look, same "Aw, shucks" story, art and characters. (Picture book. 2-5)Read full book review >