cover image Virgil & Owen Stick Together

Virgil & Owen Stick Together

Paulette Bogan. Bloomsbury, $16.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-61963-373-5

The eponymous stars of Virgil & Owen are back, and penguin Virgil is still pretty pushy where polar bear Owen is concerned. Virgil has little patience for Owen’s slower-paced approach to life, finishing writing Owen’s name in the snow, completing a story the bear is telling, and grabbing Virgil’s sandwich out of his paws (“Lunch is over! Hurry up!”). This is a bridge too far for Owen, whose roar lets Virgil know he has overstepped, setting the stage for a speedy reconciliation. Both characters’ personalities come through clearly in the text and artwork, making for an amusing and helpful reminder of the pluses and minuses of an opposites-attract friendship. Ages 4–8. [em]Agent: Victoria Wells Arms, Wells Arms Literary. (Jan.) [/em]