Flying Lessons

ISBN: 1417686375
ISBN 13: 9781417686377
By: Andy Runton

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In Flying Lessons, Owly figures out why he can't fly, and helps another forest creature with his own flying problems. Relying on a mixture of symbols, icons, and expressions to tell his silent stories, Runton's clean, animated, and heartwarming style makes it a perfect read for anyone who's a fan of Jeff Smith's Bone or Mike Kunkel's Herobear and the Kid. Already winning fans around the world, Owly is not to be missed.

Reader's Thoughts


A wordless graphic novel that's appropriate for all ages and actually teaches a nice lesson at the end. I haven't read Owly before, but would read more volumes. I liked the worm in particular.

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Owly is still cute, but not as awesome as before. I understand that these are for illiterate kids, but I want something a bit more compelling.


Instead of dialogue, this graphic novel is just that. Very few words populate this book, but I believe that's because owls, worms, flying sqirrels, and butterflies don't actually speak English. Nevertheless, the story is sweet and moves along very nicely without dialogue. A perfect introductory graphic novel for non-readers (especially to introduce punctuation, which is amply used), or just a fun read while waiting at the DMV (where I was when I read it)!

Emilia P

I liked this book, but the lessons were a little bit harder (about the worm making a new friend) and I find it slightly unbelievable that Owly can't fly. But...spoiler alert..he learns. Aw.


I'm not sure why this one is my favorite Owly, maybe because of the obvious squirrel cuteness factor. In fact, I think the graphics as dialog is overused in this, compared to the previous. No matter what, giant eyes and a bully flashback make this the most adorable Owly yet.


This might be my favorite Owly book. I remember it well after "reading" it, loved the Orion stars on pg. 65 (my favorite constellation), and liked the story of how Owly learns to fly. The new character is so cute, too.

Nancy Jo Lambert

Owly is a sweet, kind hearted owl who cares for the creatures around him. These wordless graphic novels will be great for young readers who want to learn how to read graphic novels. The pictures are black and white, and I kind of wish they were in color, but this is still an exceptional graphic novel series.


I loved this one, about how tough it is sometimes for everybody to be friends, and how even sometimes we fail our friends. Poor little Wormy gets hurt and it is soo scary. Poor Owly. It's about being brave and kind.


Little Owly wants to learn to fly. That's the most sure thing about this graphic novel, and even that is only made entirely clear thanks to the title. Lacking text of any kind, Owly and his friends, a caterpillar and a squirrel, speak entirely in pictograms. While this gives the book a sense of whimsy and offers the reader a chance to interpret the story in his own way, it can at times be frustrating and lead to confusion about what exactly is happening on the page.

Ned Leffingwell

The Owly series is a masterpiece of children's comics. The storylines are sweet and the use of imagery is fun to read. Andy Ruton's use of symbols in word balloons is super fun!


One day Owly and his worm friend are in the forest planting a flower. It turns night and they hear a rustle. They see that it is a flying squirrel and Owly wants to befriend it. But The flying squirrel is afraid and leaves quickly. Owly decides to try to warm up to the little guy.I think this is a really cute graphic novel series. I'm not a kid and I really enjoy this series. I know it's wordless, but even with pictures it tells a great and heartwarming story.

Erica Sonzogni

This was such a cute book! I thought I wasn't going to like it because it didn't have any words. But once I created the story in my mind, it was very entertaining. And the pictures were hysterical! Excellent book for students who struggle to read, are ESL, or don't like to read.

Chloe Marie

There is no dialogue, but rather, speech bubbles with pictures illustrating the thoughts of the characters. It was really confusing at first but I learned to enjoy Andy Runton's unique style. I thought it was really fun, and gives the reader a chance to create their own specific dialogue. Owly is so freaking adorable!


In this 3rd volume of the Owly series, Owly realises he does not know how to fly. Despite his attempts, he is unsuccessful until accomplishes pursuing yet another forest friend helps him fulfill his dream.

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