Owen – by Kevin Henkes
The charm of a child with a blankie, or as we adults know it, a security blanket. Do you remember a child that had a cute habit that made up a good part of their personality, for a time? In the case of Owen, that is just it, his yellow blanket that he drags around EVERYWHERE has me reminiscing of someone I knew that had a lovable and loyal blanket.
Henkes has put Owen and his parents in a scenario, of adjusting a habit of a little person in order to prepare them for school. The relationships between; Owen and the blanket, Owen and his parents, parents and the neighbour are all focused on a yellow security blanket named Fuzzy. By the way no one can love a blanket like the one who owns it.
Even though the book has text, the illustrations are so well done that a preschool child could tell the story without reading. The pictures are colourful and playful, Owen is a happy child that loves his Fuzzy, while the blanket grows thin (literally) and worn, Owen is growing up and preparing for preschool.
I enjoyed the illustrations, especially when I recognized the lovable children’s art hanging on the walls of Owens house, the picture frames impressed me, and if you know your art history you’ll see the Scream by Edvar Munch in one of the parent & child scenes (the mouse version of the Scream). Henkes has made it enjoyable for adults and children alike.
Owen & Fuzzy
Do you recognize any similarities in Linus & Owen? The security blanket has a history.