Ozy and Millie

Ozy and Millie

by Dana Simpson

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Overview

Meet Ozy and Millie, two middle-grade students in Seattle who also happen to be foxes. This debut comic from Phoebe and Her Unicorn creator Dana Simpson centers around these two best friends as they take on the everyday challenges all middle-graders face—bullies, tests, and the dread of going back to school after a surprise snow day.



Millie is a mischievous and inquisitive 10-year-old with a talent for evading homework, a habit of questioning authority, and a knack for inventing bizarre jump rope rhymes. Ozy is her calm, thoughtful counterpart, whose adoptive father, a red dragon named Llewellyn, is full of odd stories and ancient wisdom. Also featured are Felicia, a sheep at the head of the cool clique, and Avery, a hapless raccoon who desperately wants to be popular.



Together they offer charming and fun stories while also allowing Simpson’s sweetly philosophical humor to shine through. Evocative, funny, and gently philosophical, Ozy and MIllie will delight young readers with tales of friendship and school-age fun, while transporting older fans back to the honesty, openness and wonder of childhood.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781449495954
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Publication date: 08/28/2018
Series: Ozy and Millie Series
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 274,617
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Dana Claire Simpson grew up in Gig Harbor, Washington, drawing the entire time. She eventually graduated from The Evergreen State College, despite having spent all her time drawing, and not always for credit.

From 1998 to 2008, she drew the internet comic strip Ozy and Millie. After winning the Amazon-sponsored Comic Strip Superstar Contest in 2009, Andrews McMeel Syndication signed her to a development deal for Heavenly Nostrils, which was later renamed Phoebe and Her Unicorn.

She currently lives in Santa Barbara, California, with her tech genius husband and her fairly stupid cat.

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Ozy and Millie 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
MountainChickenLady More than 1 year ago
Before Dana Simpson created "Phoebe and Her Unicorn", a sort of Calvin and Hobbs with a unicorn instead of a tiger, she was working on "Ozy and MIllie". She writes, in the introduction, that this is where she learned about doing comics. It has a bit of her current humor, and a bit of "Peanuts" humor, where children talk about things that are beyond their years, such as philosophy. If you love Phoebe and Her Unicorn, you might want to pick this book up, to see where it developed from, or if you love all things Dana Simpson. There is nothing outrageously funny, though. It is more like, a grin or a smirk. I have gathered the ones that made me smile, below, as well as the glossary, she includes at the end, so that some of the bigger concepts are explained. Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.
LibrarianRyan More than 1 year ago
Before Phoebe and her Unicorn there was Ozy and Millie. This was the decade long webcomic that taught Dana Simpson, how to be a great comic strip writer. This book collects about 10 years of her favorite strips about two precocious foxes. You can see Dana’s wit shining though. Its really enjoyable for Dana newbies and Phoebe lovers alike
Lilac_Wolf More than 1 year ago
A Lilac Wolf and Stuff Review **Thanks NetGalley for lending us this digital copy!** Ivan and I love Dana Simpson! Well, we have read and enjoyed all the Phoebe and Her Unicorn books, and when I spotted this, I had to get it for Ivan. He was excited, too. Well, he read it in one day and insisted on my reading it, too. Which I planned, but he really had fun with it. It had a lot of the same tone of Phoebe and her Unicorn, but it was geared toward an older crowd. The backstory says she wrote these when she was younger. It's still perfectly fine for the younger crowd. I liked it a lot, it made me laugh. Ivan loved it, and he's 9. He was excited to share and talk about it, and you can't ask for higher praise than that!
Pasciuti More than 1 year ago
Ozy and Millie is a graphic novel, or collection of comic strips, by Dana Simpson. While I’ve never read any of her other works and really only picked this one up because of my great love of all things fox related, I did think it was quite an adorable read for the afternoon today. Simpson appears to have gained popularity with Phoebe and her Unicorn and while cute looking, I don’t think I’ll be reading them. Unicorns just aren’t my thing. Ozy and Millie follows two fox fifth graders as they get into all sorts of fiasco-driven fun, go to school, and bug their parents. And it was pretty dang adorable. I love the artwork and I’m especially in love with Ozy’s dad, Llewellyn, who is a dragon. As Ozy is a fox, he’s also adopted. Llewellyn is great fun to read when he’s around and his text takes on an entirely different font than the others to match a more medieval theme which I thought was super cool. While I did adore the book, I do feel that it doesn’t really fit the middlegrade genre. Despite the ages of the main characters, there are a lot of discussions they have throughout the strips that just don’t seem to match the age level of children who might end up reading them. One comic directly references Machiavelli which I frankly don’t think many fifth graders will even have heard of by this point in their lives, let alone know what it means. That being said, there were a few that I feel kids would enjoy and understand. Overall, it’s a cute work and one that I certainly wouldn’t mind having on my shelf, though I wouldn’t go out of my way to get my hands on a copy. Simpson is a genuinely talent artist, though I do believe her story fits more of a teen audience. And though I know this particular book was meant more as a collection of old works than as a full story, I was a little disappointed at not having more of an introduction to the characters themselves at the beginning as I felt the whole thing began by sort of throwing readers straight into something with very little background (though the introductory letter from the author at the beginning was an appreciated touch).