In every information and graphics-packed issue of Owl magazine, readers ages 9-13 are treated to a cornucopia of interesting ideas, concepts and activities. In each of the 10 issues per year, the publication begins with a calendar of holidays, anniversaries and events, including selective reader’s birthdays. The “Weird Zone” finds strange, true and interesting news stories, while the “Trending” section spotlights movies, apps, games and books in short capsule reviews. “Picture This” is a full-page reader submitted photo, followed by the comic book double page spread of “The Outrageous World of Alex and Charlie,” a kind of modern, more knowledge-based version of Archie Comics. The “Insider” section is a four-page, multi perspective article on such fun and varied topics as mountain climbing, wildfire control, extreme rollercoasters and foodie favorites. “Incredible” is another regular feature that highlights amazing animal and nature information. “Snapshot” offers historic perspectives and timelines on everything from golf and marine animal’s famous names, to women who have changed the world, while “Flash Forward” looks at emerging technologies and future visions.
The 4-page Arrowhead comic book is about an Ultraman-like superhero. Also featured are the usual puzzlers, games, and “Maker’s Space” that highlights reader submitted inventions and recipes. The magazine is rounded off with “The Buzz,” where readers can submit jokes, doodles, crazy dreams and “what if” ideas. Throughout the magazine, young people are depicted at the center of the action. There is even a New Yorker style back page with photos given funny captions by the readers. The small bit of advertising is relegated to the back cover and is limited to age appropriate items such as DK science books, the Girl Guides organization, and occasionally, a kid’s movie.
Lahri Bond ©2019 Parents’ Choice
Lahri Bond is a father, a writer, music historian and an art professor in Western Massachusetts. His published books include Spinning Tales Weaving Hope (with the Stories For World Change Network) for New Society Press and People of the Earth (coauthored with Ellen Evert Hopman) for Destiny Books.