Ozy and Millie
From the creator of the enormously popular Phoebe and Her Unicorn series comes "Ozy and Millie," a playful comic exploring the friendship between two foxes. "Ozy and Millie" features an introduction by author Dana Simpson and a hand-selected collection of her favorite strips from the comic's 10-year run. While this comic deals with middle-grade kids and childhood fun, Simpson’s witty sarcasm, sharp political musings, and philosophical humor also make this comic appealing to adults, giving this title a wider audience. Meet Ozy and Millie, two middle-grade students in Seattle who also happen to be foxes. This comic centers around these two best friends as they take on the everyday challenges all middle-graders face—bullies, tests, and the dread of going back to school after a surprise snow day. Ozy is a young male fox whose adoptive father happens to be a dragon and frequent presidential candidate. Ozy’s calm and thoughtful demeanor is constantly tested by Millie’s rambunctious and rebellious pursuits. Together they offer charming and fun stories while also allowing Simpson’s sweetly philosophical humor to shine through. 

Ozy and Millie Details

TitleOzy and Millie
Author
ReleaseAug 28th, 2018
PublisherAndrews McMeel Publishing
ISBN-139781449495954
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Childrens, Middle Grade, Humor, Animals, Realistic Fiction, Slice Of Life

Ozy and Millie Review

  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    Before Dana Simpson created "Phoebe and Her Unicorn", a sort of Calvin and Hobbs with a unicorn instead of a tiger, she was working on "Ozy and MIllie". She writes, in the introduction, that this is where she learned about doing comics. It has a bit of her current humor, and a bit of "Peanuts" humor, where children talk about things that are beyond their years, such as philosophy.If you love Phoebe and Her Unicorn, you might want to pick this book up, to see where it developed from, or if you lo Before Dana Simpson created "Phoebe and Her Unicorn", a sort of Calvin and Hobbs with a unicorn instead of a tiger, she was working on "Ozy and MIllie". She writes, in the introduction, that this is where she learned about doing comics. It has a bit of her current humor, and a bit of "Peanuts" humor, where children talk about things that are beyond their years, such as philosophy.If you love Phoebe and Her Unicorn, you might want to pick this book up, to see where it developed from, or if you love all things Dana Simpson. There is nothing outrageously funny, though. It is more like, a grin or a smirk. I have gathered the ones that made me smile, below, as well as the glossary, she includes at the end, so that some of the bigger concepts are explained.Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.
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  • Ms. Yingling
    January 1, 1970
    Copy provided by the publisherInterestingly curated overview of ten years' worth of the author's first web comic. Nicely arranged into one book, for readers who are curious about Simpson's work before Phoebe and Her Unicorn!
  • Lissa Hawley
    January 1, 1970
    What a wonderful collection. This was one of my favorite webcomics, and this new color volume is fantastic.Ozy and Millie are charming and funny and I am ecstatic to be able to revisit them.
  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    Penny for your thoughts?I like napkins.Foxes, foxes, foxes, foxes, foxes!! Okay, so there are only three foxes in this story, but STILL.Ozy and Millie is a graphic novel, or collection of comic strips, by Dana Simpson. While I’ve never read any of her other works and really only picked this one up because of my great love of all things fox related, I did think it was quite an adorable read for the afternoon today. Simpson appears to have gained popularity with Phoebe and her Unicorn and while cu Penny for your thoughts?I like napkins.Foxes, foxes, foxes, foxes, foxes!! Okay, so there are only three foxes in this story, but STILL.Ozy and Millie is a graphic novel, or collection of comic strips, by Dana Simpson. While I’ve never read any of her other works and really only picked this one up because of my great love of all things fox related, I did think it was quite an adorable read for the afternoon today. Simpson appears to have gained popularity with Phoebe and her Unicorn and while cute looking, I don’t think I’ll be reading them. Unicorns just aren’t my thing.Ozy and Millie follows two fox fifth graders as they get into all sorts of fiasco-driven fun, go to school, and bug their parents. And it was pretty dang adorable. I love the artwork and I’m especially in love with Ozy’s dad, Llewellyn, who is a dragon. As Ozy is a fox, he’s also adopted. Llewellyn is great fun to read when he’s around and his text takes on an entirely different font than the others to match a more medieval theme which I thought was super cool.While I did adore the book, I do feel that it doesn’t really fit the middlegrade genre. Despite the ages of the main characters, there are a lot of discussions they have throughout the strips that just don’t seem to match the age level of children who might end up reading them. One comic directly references Machiavelli which I frankly don’t think many fifth graders will even have heard of by this point in their lives, let alone know what it means. That being said, there were a few that I feel kids would enjoy and understand.Overall, it’s a cute work and one that I certainly wouldn’t mind having on my shelf, though I wouldn’t go out of my way to get my hands on a copy. Simpson is a genuinely talent artist, though I do believe her story fits more of a teen audience. And though I know this particular book was meant more as a collection of old works than as a full story, I was a little disappointed at not having more of an introduction to the characters themselves at the beginning as I felt the whole thing began by sort of throwing readers straight into something with very little background (though the introductory letter from the author at the beginning was an appreciated touch).I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  | Twitter | Reader Fox Blog | Instagram |
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  • Bunny
    January 1, 1970
    Read for Book Roast's Magical Readathon: NEWTs Exams. Subject: Herbology, E Level. (Book with Illustrations)Okay, so maybe I wasn't completely unbiased when I requested this from Netgalley. When I found out Phoebe and Her Unicorn was done by the author of Ozy and Millie, I had a minor fangirl brain blow up, because I loved Ozy and Millie oh so much when a friend showed me the comics back in 2004'ish. And I was so, so sad when Dana stopped making them. Needless to say, I am EXUBERANT about this b Read for Book Roast's Magical Readathon: NEWTs Exams. Subject: Herbology, E Level. (Book with Illustrations)Okay, so maybe I wasn't completely unbiased when I requested this from Netgalley. When I found out Phoebe and Her Unicorn was done by the author of Ozy and Millie, I had a minor fangirl brain blow up, because I loved Ozy and Millie oh so much when a friend showed me the comics back in 2004'ish. And I was so, so sad when Dana stopped making them. Needless to say, I am EXUBERANT about this book. Not just because I get to revisit comics I've completely forgotten about, but also because people who never knew about them now get the chance to see the smart, hilarious humor of these two friends and their parents. Including the dragon, who I've always thought was remarkably similar to Aziraphale from Good Omens. These aren't new comics, they're "remastered" (see also: colored) comics from back in the day. Dated references have been removed, sadly, but the humor is as sharp and funny now as it was then. All of the characters are shown to their best, and I really hope this is a sign that more Ozy and Millie books will be forthcoming.My only concern, though, is that I'm not sure what the demographic for this is. Kids who adore Phoebe and Her Unicorn may not understand some of the smarter humor here. I honestly think this would be a great book for disenchanted teenagers, but I'm fresh out of those at the moment. I definitely think adults and children alike can very easily fall in love with these characters, though.
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  • Paul Franco
    January 1, 1970
    Being a huge fan of Phoebe and Her Unicorn, I couldn’t resist checking out the previous strip the author did, and unfortunately I couldn’t keep myself from making some comparisons. Still, it was more than funny enough on its own.The dragon is either “wise or messing with everyone.” Author’s words. Ozy is way too Zen even for a cartoon. Millie somehow reminds me of Phoebe, but more in her look than in her manner. Personality-wise they’re completely polar opposites. Their moms, on the other hand, Being a huge fan of Phoebe and Her Unicorn, I couldn’t resist checking out the previous strip the author did, and unfortunately I couldn’t keep myself from making some comparisons. Still, it was more than funny enough on its own.The dragon is either “wise or messing with everyone.” Author’s words. Ozy is way too Zen even for a cartoon. Millie somehow reminds me of Phoebe, but more in her look than in her manner. Personality-wise they’re completely polar opposites. Their moms, on the other hand, are a lot alike, and I’m okay with that. On the third foot, Phoebe’s dad and the dragon have nothing in common. Maybe the dragon and the unicorn. . .On to the best parts.There’s little difference between a hippie and a vase.“I really don’t understand laws.” “Yes, I’ve noticed that about you.”I’m with Millie: I’d like a six-foot-tall grape too.There’s a lot more academic philosophy here than in. . . any comic strip ever.I don’t think the Tao would have approved of stealing a cookie, but Ozy was right to take it.“You are a little girl.” “Oh right.”I wanna see what an exaggerated sigh looks on paper!“The DMV administrator shoots like an Imperial stormtrooper.” I very much doubt that sentence will ever see the light of day in any other situation. Similarly, the glossary at the end is unlikely to be repeated.At the end there’s a tutorial on how to draw the characters. Remember, “He’s a chill fox.”The artwork doesn’t vary all that much, though it does seem to have more diversity than the unicorn one. The one thing I didn’t like was the dragon’s font; it was difficult to make out.If this had been written by someone else, or if I’d seen it before I became a fan of Phoebe and Her Unicorn, I probably would have liked it a lot more. The problem is in not being able to stop myself from comparing. Still a solid read, though.
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  • Emmy
    January 1, 1970
    Ozy and Millie is based on a webcomic series about two fox children and their adventures. Millie is immature, but smart and creative (although she doesn't put these skills to proper use), while Ozy is cool, relaxed, and a voice of reason. Actually, reading through this book, I was struck by how much it reminded me of Calvin and Hobbes. And I was a little worried that this was going to be a cheap knock-off of that beloved series. Instead, we get something that's cute, and close enough to it witho Ozy and Millie is based on a webcomic series about two fox children and their adventures. Millie is immature, but smart and creative (although she doesn't put these skills to proper use), while Ozy is cool, relaxed, and a voice of reason. Actually, reading through this book, I was struck by how much it reminded me of Calvin and Hobbes. And I was a little worried that this was going to be a cheap knock-off of that beloved series. Instead, we get something that's cute, and close enough to it without actually being the same thing.I enjoyed the bright colors and funny characters very much. Although, I felt that this series falls into one of my reading pitfalls. This one is where you try to make a series sound so much cooler by adding in characters or situations that don't quite make sense. For example, Ozy. First, his name is very fancy (Ozymandias), but it feels out of place in a series where everyone else has normal names. He's quirky, but sometimes it feels a little forced (like in a lot of YA books I read). Also, his dad is a dragon. Which is really cool...but doesn't make much sense to me, either. Why is he a dragon? Why are there no other dragons?The series rounds out at a satisfactory 3 stars for me. It didn't wow me, but I enjoyed it (even though I might have skimmed it a bit). Not the greatest, but still pretty good.
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  • Munro's Kids
    January 1, 1970
    So it turns out Dana Simpson was writing Phoebe & Her Unicorn long before she wrote Phoebe & Her Unicorn. Behold: Ozy & Millie, a comic strip collection so very similar in many ways to the Phoebe books we know and love. But I will agree with most of the reviews I've seen: this one falls a bit flat. I'm enjoying reading it, but I find myself setting it down often because I'm not enthralled. The main characters are adorable, but they feel like prototypes for... well... Phoebe and her u So it turns out Dana Simpson was writing Phoebe & Her Unicorn long before she wrote Phoebe & Her Unicorn. Behold: Ozy & Millie, a comic strip collection so very similar in many ways to the Phoebe books we know and love. But I will agree with most of the reviews I've seen: this one falls a bit flat. I'm enjoying reading it, but I find myself setting it down often because I'm not enthralled. The main characters are adorable, but they feel like prototypes for... well... Phoebe and her unicorn. The humour is more highbrow and niche, and it seems like a series more catered to adults who like light, adorable reading material with some wit. I would recommend this to kids maybe age 9+ who enjoy Phoebe, but I'm not sure who else.- Kelsey
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  • Rachel McKitterick
    January 1, 1970
    *thank you to Netgalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*2 stars.Umm. While the illustrations were pretty good, I didnt enjoy this collection of short comics as much as I'd hoped I would have. The humor didnt make me laugh but some got a smile out of me. It's a light and easy read about two friends Ody and Millie and their lives together. While I would recommend it to others, I would say if it sounds like something you want to read, or have e *thank you to Netgalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*2 stars.Umm. While the illustrations were pretty good, I didnt enjoy this collection of short comics as much as I'd hoped I would have. The humor didnt make me laugh but some got a smile out of me. It's a light and easy read about two friends Ody and Millie and their lives together. While I would recommend it to others, I would say if it sounds like something you want to read, or have enjoyed the authors previous works, then yeah, give it a go, see if you liked it more than I did. I'm still glad I read it.
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  • Debbie
    January 1, 1970
    I hadn't realized that the author of the adorable Phoebe and Her Unicorn books is the same person who did Ozy and Millie and I Drew This, webcomics I read regularly back in the day. I was disappointed that these weren't new strips because I really wanted the further adventures of Ozy and Millie. But it was fun to read these and it's been so long that they were almost like new again. And there's some funny stuff here. Review copy courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley.
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  • Elaine Will
    January 1, 1970
    What a fantastic book. It's so good to see these characters again. I read many of these strips when Dana first posted them online and I'm so glad to see she's gone on to such great success, as I've always really loved her work. Although I do agree with some of the other reviews stating that kids won't understand some of the content and references, gosh, I'm still so giddy to see some of these classic strips published and brought to a wider audience. You're in for a treat!
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    This was great. I laughed at out and the it referenced Hobbes and Machiavelli, not something normally done in children's lit. Reminded me a lot of Jillian Tamaki's SuperMutant Magic Academy, although obviously made with younger audiences in mind. A great book about misfit friends.
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  • Theediscerning
    January 1, 1970
    DNF at a quarter - just wasn't getting anything out of this.
  • Engel Dreizehn
    January 1, 1970
    ARC Copy...if you liked the humor if Phoebe and her Unicorn, you might enjoy this...hehe copy righting fire hehe.
  • DJL
    January 1, 1970
    RTC
  • Alexander Graber
    January 1, 1970
    Beautiful pictures Ms. Simpson. Me and my daughter loved it.Now I have to read it almost every night for goodnight story! Keep going on.
  • Ea
    January 1, 1970
    I think maybe this just wasn't for me. The illustrations were neat and the characters were realistic (despite being foxes and dragons) and had insight, and all were relatable, but the humour fell flat for me, and I never really thought it was anything more than vaguely amusing. I think that if you enjoy Phoebe and Her Unicorn (which I didn't, either, and that definitely says more about me that I'd like) this will be right up your alley.Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me an I think maybe this just wasn't for me. The illustrations were neat and the characters were realistic (despite being foxes and dragons) and had insight, and all were relatable, but the humour fell flat for me, and I never really thought it was anything more than vaguely amusing. I think that if you enjoy Phoebe and Her Unicorn (which I didn't, either, and that definitely says more about me that I'd like) this will be right up your alley.Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Jesica DeHart
    January 1, 1970
    For fans of Dan Simpson’s Phoebe and Her Unicorn series, this is her earlier work with a in depth prologue giving the history and reasons for sharing. Phoebe and her Unicorn books remain my favorites of Dana’s works but I appreciated seeing her other earlier work.
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    Did not finish. Not sure who is the primary audience of this book - it's in comic strip style (great) but the language is definitely in the higher levels of my elementary school audience. I feel like a lot of kids will be drawn to the cover but quickly realize they don't get the jokes or the language is too high-brow to be enjoyed. Not a bad comic strip, just probably won't fit kids like I thought it might.
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  • Marlena Lang
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this comic book a lot. The characters were quirky and fun to read. I enjoyed the art style as well it was very pleasing to the eyes.
  • Finley Farmer
    January 1, 1970
    Ozy and Millie is such a cute book. I adore the comics in it. Millie is by far my favorite character. She is always trying to outthink what others tell her is right and she is constantly coming up with ways to confound her friend Ozy, who is much more of a quiet thinker. I adore them both! I highly recommend this book if you enjoy comics like Calvin and Hobbes or Peanuts. Thank you to Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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