Monday, November 19, 2012

Picture Book Pick: Owly and Wormy, Bright Lights and Starry Nights!


Bright Lights and Starry Nights! (Owly & Wormy)
Written and illustrated by Andy Runton
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
2012
40 pages

Masterful storytelling uses few words and with vibrant artwork, Runton shows his genius through his characters’ facial expressions and gestures. When a picture book is this vibrant, no words are necessary. The story becomes what the reader makes it.

Owly and Wormy are out to look at the stars through their telescope, but they realize they are going to have to climb down the tree so they can get an unobstructed view to the stars. Scary noises in the forest have them shaking in their shoes. When Owly tries to find his telescope, he runs into a friendly bat. The bat brings his friends along and all the characters are amazed by the panorama of stars.

Owly is a fun character with heart. His expressions are joy, sadness, confusion, fright, wonder, and amazement. Runton accomplishes all this with just a simple position of Owly’s eyes or changing the way he holds his mouth!

This simple picture book has a lot going on. A great picture book can be studied for the art alone, and Bright Lights and Starry Nights certainly fills the bill.

Illustrations are easy on the eye in hues of violet, purple, blue, green, and black.

Highly, highly recommended ages five and up and for all art lovers.

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