Owen

Kevin Henkes, Author, Henkes, Author, Kevin Henkes, Illustrator
Kevin Henkes, Author, Henkes, Author, Kevin Henkes, Illustrator Greenwillow Books $16.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-688-11449-7
Reviewed on: 09/13/1993
Release date: 09/01/1993
Library Binding - 32 pages - 978-0-688-11450-3
Hardcover - 978-84-241-3363-4
Prebound-Sewn - 24 pages - 978-1-60686-829-4
Hardcover - 978-957-8872-59-2
Hardcover - 22 pages - 978-7-5434-6465-0
Prebound-Sewn - 978-0-613-80692-3
Paperback - 24 pages - 978-84-241-1519-7
Prebound-Sewn - 32 pages - 978-1-4177-5438-0
Hardcover - 1 pages - 978-1-4619-1017-6
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A worthy addition to Henkes's ( Chester's Way ; Julius, the Baby of the World ) impressive, engaging oeuvre, this animated tale takes up the case of a wee mouse's devotion to a no-longer-fuzzy blanket named Fuzzy. Imbued with Henkes's characteristically understated humor, spry text and brightly hued watercolor-and-ink pictures chronicle how Owen's next-door neighbor, Mrs. Tweezers, suggests to Owen's parents a series of ploys to separate their son--who is soon to start school--from Fuzzy. The ingenious mouse foils each attempt, until his resourceful mother stumbles upon ``an absolutely wonderful, positively perfect, especially terrific idea.'' With some snipping and sewing, she transforms the beloved blanket into a batch of very portable handkerchiefs, a stratagem that not only keeps Owen happy but manages to silence the meddling Mrs. Tweezers. Even youngsters unattached to a Fuzzy-like object will feel a kinship with the winningly wily Owen--and parents of the attached may find a useful solution to an age-old dilemma. Ages 3-up. (Sept.)
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