The Ghost, The Owl
On a cool evening on the swamp, a figure appears dancing across the water. A human figure, but far from a human form. A Ghost, a young girl spirit that seems to have lost its way. A good Samaritan owl decides to help against the wishes of his animal brethren. What mysteries does the ghost girl hold the secrets to and what will happen when she and the owl unlock them together? Will they find out what happened to her? Will she find her way to where she needs to be? What will happen to the animals in the swamp and surrounding forest? An adventure with the most unlikely of pairs, The Ghost, the Owl.

The Ghost, The Owl Details

TitleThe Ghost, The Owl
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 8th, 2018
PublisherDiamond Book Distributors
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Fantasy, Paranormal, Comics

The Ghost, The Owl Review

  • Amalia Gavea
    January 1, 1970
    ''She's not a real girl. She's a ghost.'' ''Then why can we see her?'' ''We can see them. It's humans who can't.'' Sometimes we discover little gems out of nowhere. We, obsessed readers as we are, have experienced this countless times. It is one of the greatest joys of reading. So, three nights ago as I was waiting for the L.A.Clippers game to start, I started browsing Edelweiss and the title ''The Ghost, The Owl'' caught my eye. Yes, well, obviously. Ghosts, owls....This had my name written ''She's not a real girl. She's a ghost.'' ''Then why can we see her?'' ''We can see them. It's humans who can't.'' Sometimes we discover little gems out of nowhere. We, obsessed readers as we are, have experienced this countless times. It is one of the greatest joys of reading. So, three nights ago as I was waiting for the L.A.Clippers game to start, I started browsing Edelweiss and the title ''The Ghost, The Owl'' caught my eye. Yes, well, obviously. Ghosts, owls....This had my name written all over. The only thing that made me hesitate was the fact that comics don't seem particularly appealing to me but the few times I've tried my luck with the genre haven't disappointed me. This beautiful work was no exception. ''...people don't voluntarily help others.'' The ghost of a young girl comes in a swamp. She can't remember anything from her time among the living and a young owl decides to help her discover the reason that caused her death. Naturally, they come across pure, kind-hearted people and despicable human beings who want to destroy everything and everyone that resist their vile advances. The decision of the owl is a violation of the law that forbids any kind of intervention in the lives of the humans and thus, an unusual, beautiful journey begins.I was surprised by how poignant the plot of this comic was. Fellowship, hope, loss, the chance to survive, to defeat the evils in our life, to start again. The notion that, sometimes, you have to cross certain boundaries and ignore restrictions, otherwise you will lose yourself. I was moved and impressed by the beautiful illustrations by Sara Richard. I think they were extremely vivid- almost too vivid- and the dialogue was quite satisfying. There was a modern Gothic touch that brought the whole effort together and created a thoughtful, skillfully artistic comic. Irrelevant Point n.1 : I was so impressed by this that I felt confident enough to try my luck with another comic titled ''The Lost Path'', a story set in a strange forest. Bring all the Gothic comics to this metalhead.🤘🤘🤘Irrelevant Point n.2 : This is the review where I disclose my favourite NBA team. Utterly useless information but I feel talkative today.🏀🏀Many thanks to Action Lab Entertainment and Edelweiss for the ARC in exchange of an honest review.
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  • Darinda
    January 1, 1970
    One evening, a ghost of a young girl appears in a swamp. She doesn't remember who she is or why she is there, and a kindly owl offers to help her. A short graphic novel. I liked the artwork, but wasn't a fan of how the ghost was drawn. Everything else was excellent though. A simple and quick read. A ghost needs to find closure. An owl offers to help, despite the fact that animals are not to interfere in human affairs. As they search for answers about the ghost, they are led to a nearby cabin, wh One evening, a ghost of a young girl appears in a swamp. She doesn't remember who she is or why she is there, and a kindly owl offers to help her. A short graphic novel. I liked the artwork, but wasn't a fan of how the ghost was drawn. Everything else was excellent though. A simple and quick read. A ghost needs to find closure. An owl offers to help, despite the fact that animals are not to interfere in human affairs. As they search for answers about the ghost, they are led to a nearby cabin, where a human is in danger. Good for older kids. This story has a great message of kindness, but gets a little dark. I received a digital copy of this graphic novel from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This book's expected publication is in May 2018.
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  • ♛ Garima ♛
    January 1, 1970
    It is very simple ghost story. A small girl's ghost playing on the pond, not remembering how she got there. Owl helped her to find the closure and along with that finds adventure of his own.It is rather small story, I read it in 10-15 minutes less. Art is amazing and very beautiful illustrations.
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  • Rebecca Foster
    January 1, 1970
    A kind-hearted owl decides to help the ghost of a little girl remember where she came from and what happened to her. With the assistance of his fellow woodland and swamp creatures, they locate a nearby cottage that happens to hold significance for both the ghost and the owl; its human resident is in danger, but with some quick thinking they might just save her and find a way for the ghost to lay her memories to rest. I loved the swirly backdrops and the illustrations of the animals and the natur A kind-hearted owl decides to help the ghost of a little girl remember where she came from and what happened to her. With the assistance of his fellow woodland and swamp creatures, they locate a nearby cottage that happens to hold significance for both the ghost and the owl; its human resident is in danger, but with some quick thinking they might just save her and find a way for the ghost to lay her memories to rest. I loved the swirly backdrops and the illustrations of the animals and the natural surroundings, but the ghost girl is drawn in a manga-type style that does not seem to fit with the rest. On the whole the plot is a little thin, but this was still a quick and enjoyable read.
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  • stefiereads
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsSimple and yet so lovely. "Never underestimate a power of kindness". This is what the book taught me.It's like a reminder to always be kind to others, to help others without expecting anything back.I love this graphic novel a lot. It is short and a bit strange. But I did not expect that I would like it so much. Plus, seriously... the illustration?! SUPER BEAUTIFUL.*The e-copy is provided by NetGalley in exchange for honest opinion.
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  • Chris
    January 1, 1970
    Disclaimer: ARC via Netgalley The owl has long had a connection to the dead, in many cultures and myths. It is hardly surprising that it makes an appearance here. The owl is in the forest and discovers the ghost of a young girl, and this new arrival puzzles the animals of the forest. The only one willing to help the young ghost girl is the owl. Instead of being a simple tale of a spirit finding its place in the afterlife, the tale becomes one of light versus dark, and how things are interconnect Disclaimer: ARC via Netgalley The owl has long had a connection to the dead, in many cultures and myths. It is hardly surprising that it makes an appearance here. The owl is in the forest and discovers the ghost of a young girl, and this new arrival puzzles the animals of the forest. The only one willing to help the young ghost girl is the owl. Instead of being a simple tale of a spirit finding its place in the afterlife, the tale becomes one of light versus dark, and how things are interconnected even when they do not seem to be. The artwork is stunning. The story beautiful.
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  • Isa Lavinia
    January 1, 1970
    ARC PROVIDED BY NETGALLEYThree stars exclusively for Sara Richard's illustrations, because the story is underdeveloped and mediocre.And even Richard's illustrations, though absolutely amazing when depicting the forest animals, were a bit incongruous when it came to the ghost girl, who looked like some kind of manga fanart.The dialogue was very simplistic and sometimes grammatically unsound, like when the owl refers to something as "more strange" instead of stranger. All in all, Richard's art d ARC PROVIDED BY NETGALLEYThree stars exclusively for Sara Richard's illustrations, because the story is underdeveloped and mediocre.And even Richard's illustrations, though absolutely amazing when depicting the forest animals, were a bit incongruous when it came to the ghost girl, who looked like some kind of manga fanart.The dialogue was very simplistic and sometimes grammatically unsound, like when the owl refers to something as "more strange" instead of stranger. All in all, Richard's art deserved a much better story.
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  • Brooke
    January 1, 1970
    I love how cute and whimsical the art style is! This was so charming and cute! 100% recommend for a cute, fun, and adorable read!
  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    This is an amazing graphic novel, so beautifully illustrated, of an owl who helps a ghost find her home, so to speak. The owl has been helping since he himself was rescued and helped when he was an owlet.If I say to much about this very short graphic novel, I give too much away, but look at these pages below. Look at that art. It fairly swirls around.The only issue I have with this book is the threat to the owl, that is built up half-way through the book, either it wasn't a real threat, or there This is an amazing graphic novel, so beautifully illustrated, of an owl who helps a ghost find her home, so to speak. The owl has been helping since he himself was rescued and helped when he was an owlet.If I say to much about this very short graphic novel, I give too much away, but look at these pages below. Look at that art. It fairly swirls around.The only issue I have with this book is the threat to the owl, that is built up half-way through the book, either it wasn't a real threat, or there is something left out of the ending. Either way, it should be addressed.All in all, a good, quick read, and the art is so gorgeous.Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.
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  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    3/5starsThis is a really, REALLY short little graphic novel that I got off NetGalley. It was honestly absolutely beautiful - the art really blew me away. But, I was confused as to what the audience was. It seemed extremely young and cheesey with the whole "oh I have my friends to help me" and stuff, but then it also had some very dark elements to it also. It was also just a little too short in my opinion, which pulled it down a bit. But overall it was a very cute, short, beautiful little book
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  • Lin
    January 1, 1970
    review coming soon
  • Andrea
    January 1, 1970
    Overall, I liked the story- the message it conveyed was beautiful and I loved the Owl's strong set of beliefs. The illustrations were gorgeous- they turned a bit gory at some point, but not anything that would go over the normal limit. While I wasn't particularly struck by the feeling I couldn't put the book down, I got into the story easily.The graphic novel was very original- I haven't seen anything similar before and the novelty of the idea was highly appreciated. // review taken from my Edel Overall, I liked the story- the message it conveyed was beautiful and I loved the Owl's strong set of beliefs. The illustrations were gorgeous- they turned a bit gory at some point, but not anything that would go over the normal limit. While I wasn't particularly struck by the feeling I couldn't put the book down, I got into the story easily.The graphic novel was very original- I haven't seen anything similar before and the novelty of the idea was highly appreciated. // review taken from my Edelweiss account
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  • ea
    January 1, 1970
    A short little story of a girl (or rather, the ghost of her) ending up lost in a swamp and the animals, especially the owl, who help her discover who she was. This, to me, was 100% carried by the wonderful illustrations by Sara Richard. Usually I'm not much for this particular style (I know very little about art and couldn't tell you what it's called, but I know it isn't something I usually enjoy very much) but here it just works. Combined with the simplicity in the writing of the story, there's A short little story of a girl (or rather, the ghost of her) ending up lost in a swamp and the animals, especially the owl, who help her discover who she was. This, to me, was 100% carried by the wonderful illustrations by Sara Richard. Usually I'm not much for this particular style (I know very little about art and couldn't tell you what it's called, but I know it isn't something I usually enjoy very much) but here it just works. Combined with the simplicity in the writing of the story, there's just something utterly magical about it. Also carries a wonderful message about helping others that we should all learn from and, I'm sure, something else that I haven't figured out yet.
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  • Cassandra
    January 1, 1970
    I received a digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. A short graphic novel about a ghost and an owl who come together to help someone important to them. I enjoyed the story, though did feel like some details could have been embellished some more. But the illustrations... oh my goodness! The illustrations were beyond stunning in this graphic novel. I found myself reading the page then just stopping and taking in all the small details and vivid coloring. This is I received a digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. A short graphic novel about a ghost and an owl who come together to help someone important to them. I enjoyed the story, though did feel like some details could have been embellished some more. But the illustrations... oh my goodness! The illustrations were beyond stunning in this graphic novel. I found myself reading the page then just stopping and taking in all the small details and vivid coloring. This is going to be a strong recommend from me. I simply loved it, and I am definitely hoping this isn't the last i'll be seeing of these two characters.
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  • Etienne
    January 1, 1970
    Well the title say it all. There is a ghost and a owl. Simple. The strengh of that comic is its illustrations. They are magnificient. Truly wonderful. The psychadelic style is just really well done and amazing to see. The story is also very good, kind of messy until the end get it all clear, but still fun to read, and a good sentimental touch at the end. Good and very original!
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  • Hemdiva Dev
    January 1, 1970
    This is a story of a girl ghost who does not remember who she was when she was alive. The birds, especially owl helps her despite being warned not to. And she discovers the truth about her life.Very beautiful graphics and amazing story with a message that we should always help each other.They who help get help, always.
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  • Adam Di Filippe
    January 1, 1970
    The story is interesting and original. Along with incredible artwork throughout.
  • Liz (Quirky Cat)
    January 1, 1970
    Review to follow.
  • Rajiv
    January 1, 1970
    A BIG Thank You to Edelweiss+ and Diamond Book Distributors for providing me a copy of “The Ghost, The Owl” by Franco in exchange for my review.“The Ghost, The Owl” mainly stands out because of the magnificent illustrations. The details that Sara Richard has put into the background scenery, wild animals and the main characters is breathtaking. If you look into the owl’s eyes on page 9, you can see details of the universe embedded in them. There’s a certain sense of symmetry and alignment of the A BIG Thank You to Edelweiss+ and Diamond Book Distributors for providing me a copy of “The Ghost, The Owl” by Franco in exchange for my review.“The Ghost, The Owl” mainly stands out because of the magnificent illustrations. The details that Sara Richard has put into the background scenery, wild animals and the main characters is breathtaking. If you look into the owl’s eyes on page 9, you can see details of the universe embedded in them. There’s a certain sense of symmetry and alignment of the objects and characters making them stand out in each frame. She uses a wonderful contrast of colors to set the tone and mood of the story. For instance, the pale, grey contrasting theme in the beginning shows the soothing friendship between the two. When the villain enters the story, the colors beautifully change to a fiery bright contrast showing his fury and madness. I became an instant fan of Ms. Richard from this story and hope to see more of her artwork.However, that isn’t to say that Franco shouldn’t be given credit. A gripping story complimenting to beautiful illustrations is what makes a graphic novel memorable. The author has done a fabulous job in creating a charming story that would entertain anyone. The story line is mysterious and enchanting that takes the reader on a beautiful journey of courage and love. Moreover, all the characters (except the villain) are heartwarming that makes the reader instantly attracted to them. My only complaint here is, why was the story so short? I wanted the book to continue and read more adventures between the ghost and the owl. Also, the story nicely depicts how you should support your friends during dire times, even if everyone else is against you. Furthermore, it also encourages people not to stereotype someone in a negative manner just because they are different.Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed “The Ghost, The Owl” and I hope to see it as an ongoing series. Frankly, I can see a lot of potential between the two friends going on various adventures against the council. It is very hard to say anything negative about this delightful novel. I give it 4.5/5 stars only because I felt it was too short and would have loved to read more details.
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    Buy it for the artwork.(Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through Edelweiss.)One night, the ghost of a young girl appears in a swamp; only the animals are able to see - and communicate with - her. While the residents of the swamp have a strict policy against interfering in the affairs of humans, an owl named Aldus breaks with tradition and attempts to help the ghost girl find out who she is, where she comes from, and - most importantly - why her soul continues to hang around. A Buy it for the artwork.(Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through Edelweiss.)One night, the ghost of a young girl appears in a swamp; only the animals are able to see - and communicate with - her. While the residents of the swamp have a strict policy against interfering in the affairs of humans, an owl named Aldus breaks with tradition and attempts to help the ghost girl find out who she is, where she comes from, and - most importantly - why her soul continues to hang around. As it turns out, the girl's fate is entwined with the owl's own, as their journey takes them to a whimsical little cottage where both spent their youths. The story in The Ghost, The Owl is pretty simple; bare-bones, even. It's enough to keep the action moving forward, but not much else. For example, I really wanted to learn more about Jessica, and the angry and entitled man pursuing her. This subplot feels like the outline of a fairy tale - the beautiful, kind young maiden and the evil, boorish lord/prince/king/baron - calling out for more depth and complexity. But the artwork? To say that it's breathtaking feels grossly inadequate. The style, the colors, the lines and angles - it's simply enchanting. The owls in particular call to mind the Great Owl from The Secret of NIMH - a childhood favorite - and the dark tone and assorted swamp creatures are evocative of The Dark Crystal and The Labyrinth. The fire scenes - with red licks of flame and black swirls of smoke - are especially beautiful. Many of the pages struck me speechless, and the eyes of the owl and the crow - burnt amber and fiery red - will haunt me. Honestly, this is one of the most gorgeous books I've ever picked up.http://www.easyvegan.info/2018/05/08/...
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  • Jamie
    January 1, 1970
    ✮ Read this review and more like it on The Last Page ✮What a marvelous little graphic novel this is! I was expecting a simple ghost story when I picked up The Ghost, The Owl but what I got was a surprisingly dark tale about man and nature. The story is told from the point of view of the owl, who decides to help a lonely ghost.The highlight of this graphic novel, of course, is the artwork which was gorgeous. Every page is extremely detailed and begs to be admired, I spent a lot of time marveling ✮ Read this review and more like it on The Last Page ✮What a marvelous little graphic novel this is! I was expecting a simple ghost story when I picked up The Ghost, The Owl but what I got was a surprisingly dark tale about man and nature. The story is told from the point of view of the owl, who decides to help a lonely ghost.The highlight of this graphic novel, of course, is the artwork which was gorgeous. Every page is extremely detailed and begs to be admired, I spent a lot of time marveling at how beautifully the story is illustrated. I loved the mix between very realistically drawn animals while the world and the non-animal characters were very whimsical, every page had a dream-like feel to it. The color palette was wonderful, brilliant colors that were a feast for the senses.I wish the same amount of detail could have gone into the story itself, which wasn’t bad, but it was pretty simple and not all that detailed. While there is a major conflict it’s sort of glossed over, you get just enough to get the gist of the story but the world was so interesting I would’ve really loved if there was more to it. It’s an extremely fast read that can be done within fifteen minutes and most of that time will likely be spent looking at the pictures than reading any of the dialogue.Even so, the manga is definitely an experience and one that I can comfortably recommend for all ages, though it may be a tiny bit scary for younger readers. Even if it won’t go down as the most memorable graphic novel out there, I do feel it’s worth the price of admission for the art alone.Disclaimer: Received a copy for review from the publisher via NetGalley
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  • Pop Bop
    January 1, 1970
    Interesting Art ProjectThis is sort of manga ghost meets Audubon on psychedelics in a surreal Maxfield Parrish garden. There is a story - who and what is the ghost, why is she here, what is the drama that is unsettling the swamp, how can the noble Owl be of service - but it doesn't drive the tale as much as just provide a frame for the drawings. And those drawings are attention grabbers.The style and tone and approach of the artwork changes almost from page to page. Sometimes a page features the Interesting Art ProjectThis is sort of manga ghost meets Audubon on psychedelics in a surreal Maxfield Parrish garden. There is a story - who and what is the ghost, why is she here, what is the drama that is unsettling the swamp, how can the noble Owl be of service - but it doesn't drive the tale as much as just provide a frame for the drawings. And those drawings are attention grabbers.The style and tone and approach of the artwork changes almost from page to page. Sometimes a page features the big-eyed soft focus ghost girl. Sometimes the focus is on an extreme close view of the noble Owl. Sometimes we get a bucolic scene that shimmers and vibrates with color, blending into the surreal around the edges. Villains are exaggerated and drawn in heavy lines of dark pencil. Sometimes it appears that the artist is using swirls and waves of color just to establish mood and to inject emotion and energy into the pages. All of the pages are crowded and dense, and there's always a lot more going on than just what appears to be the focus.I thought this was interesting, and at times arresting, but it's also a bit cold and it invites the reader to keep his distance. Lots going on, though, and lots to admire. An interesting find. (Please note that I received a free advance will-self-destruct-in-x-days Adobe Digital copy of this book without a review requirement, or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)
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  • Siina
    January 1, 1970
    The Ghost, The Owl is an interesting ghost story and especially, since it's only 53 pages long and very coherent still. A ghost girl wonders in the swamp and cannot remember how she got there or even who she is. An owl decides to help her, since he himself once got help and wants to repay the kindness. The girl is rooted to her past and to a woman and an old house, and the girl and the owl have to fight for those things. The story is simple, but quite clever and it baffles me how Franco can pull The Ghost, The Owl is an interesting ghost story and especially, since it's only 53 pages long and very coherent still. A ghost girl wonders in the swamp and cannot remember how she got there or even who she is. An owl decides to help her, since he himself once got help and wants to repay the kindness. The girl is rooted to her past and to a woman and an old house, and the girl and the owl have to fight for those things. The story is simple, but quite clever and it baffles me how Franco can pull all this in just these pages. There isn't that much text either, so wow. The comic is dark and tempting, but also hopeful and cute - the mix is wonderful and scary at the same time. Eerie even. There could've been more content of course, but then there would need to more pages too and then this wouldn't be what it is now.The art is so beautiful with flowing colors and even odd colors at times, but mostly the whole thing is just pure art. The art works so amazingly well with the atmosphere and the whole package looks gorgeous. Even the scary parts and the blood doesn't look so hideous when it's under the veil of magic. The structure is good and the art is more than fine and The Ghost, The Owl is surely entertaining, even though it isn't wow as such. It's just very good at what it does.
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  • Gwen - Chew & Digest Books -
    January 1, 1970
    First off, it isn't listed here yet, but the artist for this is Sara Richard and her work is a huge part of the story. It's whimsical, flowing, detailed and scary at times. This is coming out rated for ages 9-12 and while I agree, that fits for the plot, the artwork, as I mentioned, would make it too scary for the more timid tweens in my opinion. I've known some that would have no issue with it and others that would, so I thought it was worth a mention.The story itself is part bittersweet and pa First off, it isn't listed here yet, but the artist for this is Sara Richard and her work is a huge part of the story. It's whimsical, flowing, detailed and scary at times. This is coming out rated for ages 9-12 and while I agree, that fits for the plot, the artwork, as I mentioned, would make it too scary for the more timid tweens in my opinion. I've known some that would have no issue with it and others that would, so I thought it was worth a mention.The story itself is part bittersweet and part wonderful. The idea of an Owl being a Good Samaritan to everyone, including humans and ghosts is touching. Being an Owl fan, it fits my idea of them, yet that's neither here nor there and more of a personal observation/opinion. It's short, sweet, has a few golden nuggets of morals in that the Owl is there to help, even when his own animal friends eventually tell him not to. He does what he thinks is right to repay a debt that he feels he owes, a sort of pay it forward, that we can all learn from.I enjoyed it, even if I would bump up the age group some. It's less a graphic novel than a short comic or even picture book, yet some of the things it deals with are tough and totally normal in our adult lives. Sigh, adulting is hard.
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  • Angelica
    January 1, 1970
    The Helper Owl  She has lost her way and cannot remember how to get back until a friendly owl spots her and decides to help. In Franco's graphic novel, readers are given a rich illustration of Eleanor and Aldus journey of self-discovery.Pro: The illustrations in this graphic novel are very vibrant and colorful. They change with the mood of the plot which is a great indicator of what will happen or what is coming up. Portraying Aldus the owl as a helper to the ghost was [pleaseant to read about. The Helper Owl  She has lost her way and cannot remember how to get back until a friendly owl spots her and decides to help. In Franco's graphic novel, readers are given a rich illustration of Eleanor and Aldus journey of self-discovery.Pro: The illustrations in this graphic novel are very vibrant and colorful. They change with the mood of the plot which is a great indicator of what will happen or what is coming up. Portraying Aldus the owl as a helper to the ghost was [pleaseant to read about. usually, owls are not portrayed in this manner. Cons: The illustrations could get a little overwhelming with all the details and colors. Sometimes they got in the way of what was happening in the story. There was not much development of the characters and would have liked to know more about the owl politics or what happened after Aldus helped Eleanor. Also knowing why the man was attacking Jessica and their relationship would have helped with the depth of the story.  A copy of this book was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
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  • Philippa
    January 1, 1970
    The Story In Three Words: Friendship, Hope, IntegrityAs is often the case with children’s stories, what you think is a simple moral tale takes a dark and a dramatic turn. The Ghost, The Owl is no exception to this. The story is a poignant one, made all the more impactful by the beautiful illustrations. With a wistful artistic style, the fantasy plot unfolds in an easy to follow and accessible way. It is also a very quick read (still worth it).Although I read the advance copy on an eReader, the b The Story In Three Words: Friendship, Hope, IntegrityAs is often the case with children’s stories, what you think is a simple moral tale takes a dark and a dramatic turn. The Ghost, The Owl is no exception to this. The story is a poignant one, made all the more impactful by the beautiful illustrations. With a wistful artistic style, the fantasy plot unfolds in an easy to follow and accessible way. It is also a very quick read (still worth it).Although I read the advance copy on an eReader, the book will be published in hardback when it is finally released in May. It would make a beautiful addition to any bookshelf. It is easy to see why the illustrator Sara Richard has won awards. The images are magical! The Ghost, The Owl is a beauty of a book. Definitely one I would read with my goddaughter once she is a bit older (she’s not even two yet!).
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  • Melanie Dulaney
    January 1, 1970
    The illustrations in this graphic novel, done by Sara Richard, are mysterious and lovely in places and startlingly scary in others which compliments Franco’s story of friendship and being kind that is interspersed with a horribly evil character attempting to do terrible things. In other words, 5th -7th graders will love it. I found it a bit simplistic, lacking in character development and implausible, even for a ghost story, hence my rating of 3 which is an average of my rating of 2 stars and th The illustrations in this graphic novel, done by Sara Richard, are mysterious and lovely in places and startlingly scary in others which compliments Franco’s story of friendship and being kind that is interspersed with a horribly evil character attempting to do terrible things. In other words, 5th -7th graders will love it. I found it a bit simplistic, lacking in character development and implausible, even for a ghost story, hence my rating of 3 which is an average of my rating of 2 stars and the 4 that my students would likely give it. Librarians, if you are attempting to draw readers into your graphic novel section and aren’t overly concerned with excellent literary content, this will fit the bill. But if funding is tight in your library, with a little effort, you can probably find something that will do more than just look good. (Review of digital ARC from Edelweiss Plus)
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  • Mercedes
    January 1, 1970
    This is a sweet story of friendship that is beautifully illustrated. I'm not usually a fan of Manga style artwork, but this was done so well, that I fell in love with it. It really gives the story that fairy-tale magical feel. The story is short and simple, yet has a wonderful message for children. Friendship, overcoming adversity and standing by those you care for are the main theme here. I only gave it three stars though because I feel this could have been so much more.I'm not sure if the stor This is a sweet story of friendship that is beautifully illustrated. I'm not usually a fan of Manga style artwork, but this was done so well, that I fell in love with it. It really gives the story that fairy-tale magical feel. The story is short and simple, yet has a wonderful message for children. Friendship, overcoming adversity and standing by those you care for are the main theme here. I only gave it three stars though because I feel this could have been so much more.I'm not sure if the story is to hold up the artwork, or the other way around, but if the story is to take precedence, then a little more character development would have gone a long way. ** I received a free digital download of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**
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  • Gianna
    January 1, 1970
    The ghost of a young girl appears suddenly in the swamp. She is clearly lost, and doesn't remember who she is or where she comes from. Septimus, the Owl, is determined to help her. After all, he believes in kindness and helping others, as others have helped him in his time of need. However, dark powers are hidden along the way, and many creatures are in danger. Can Septimus and the Ghost save them all? Can he help the little girl remember who she was?This is a bittersweet story about helping oth The ghost of a young girl appears suddenly in the swamp. She is clearly lost, and doesn't remember who she is or where she comes from. Septimus, the Owl, is determined to help her. After all, he believes in kindness and helping others, as others have helped him in his time of need. However, dark powers are hidden along the way, and many creatures are in danger. Can Septimus and the Ghost save them all? Can he help the little girl remember who she was?This is a bittersweet story about helping others and believing in the goodness that lies within. A fairytale of battles between good and evil, it is very interesting and unique. The illustrations add up to the effect of the story/ Exceptional and absolutely moving, the figures of both the ghost and the owl peak the reader's interest.
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  • Theediscerning
    January 1, 1970
    This might well be one of the stand-out books of the year; a graphic novel where every page has a wonderful feel due to the superlative artwork, and where the story offers just what the title implies - and so, so much more. The artwork is really dazzling - a kinetic mix of imagery and images, where multiple scenes are blended into splash page after splash page. Yes, there are googly-eyed girl tropes, but so much detail and wonder, this cries out for an instant re-read. The script is on the short This might well be one of the stand-out books of the year; a graphic novel where every page has a wonderful feel due to the superlative artwork, and where the story offers just what the title implies - and so, so much more. The artwork is really dazzling - a kinetic mix of imagery and images, where multiple scenes are blended into splash page after splash page. Yes, there are googly-eyed girl tropes, but so much detail and wonder, this cries out for an instant re-read. The script is on the short side, so this is a more of an illustrated story than a graphic novel, but all round it's marvellous.
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