Owl Books

MBS has been having an owl theme week, it’s a theme we keep returning to since owls seem to be one of his favorite animals. Our favorite owl book of the week wasn’t really about owls, it was about sleep.

A Book of Sleep written & illustrated by Il Sung Na was a truly lovely book.  The book follows an owl who watches as other animals fall asleep. The text was brief and the the imagery of the book was charming and unique. I was really surprised that MBS liked this book, the owl isn’t the main focus and isn’t very realistically drawn but he asked for this book again and again this week.

Our next owl book was Little Owl Lost written & illustrated by Chris Haughton. Due to a good review, this book was supposed to be one of MBS birthday gifts. But it was out of stock when we were doing our birthday order, and I’m glad it was. It is a cute little story about an owlet who falls from the nest and is lost. Other forest animals try to help him find his mom but his descriptions of her keep leading them to other animals. The story is cute, illustrations clever, why am I glad we didn’t buy it? The color scheme of the illustrations and the odd font used for the text really bothered me– physically. I got a headache reading this book to MBS!

We’ve had Wow! Said the Owl written & illustrated by Tim Hopgood out of the library before. It’s a fun book about an owl who stays awake and sees the sunshine and all the beautiful daytime colors. I want to remember to check it out again when we talk about rainbows.

Whoo Goes There? written by Jennifer A Ericsson & illustrated by Bert Kitchen is about an owl listening for it’s dinner. It has realistic illustrations and the animal life look beautiful. I was stressed reading it the first time wondering how MBS would take it when the owl caught his dinner, but the owl never did catch anything and for some reason that bothered me all the other times I read it. MBS really liked this book, pointing at all the different animals.

Oliver’s Wood written & illustrated by Sue Hendra has the same general idea as Wow! Said the Owl. Oliver stays up all day, but instead of being amazed by the colors he could see it showed what animals he could find. The illustrations are cute but this book didn’t really grab me. Okay, so I was really bugged by the fact that it shows all his nighttime friends falling asleep out in the open but when he’s awake during the day they’re gone and replaced by daytime animals. No, if bats are asleep hanging in this tree they’re still going to be visible in the daylight. I realize it is just a picture book but these kind of logic gaps really bother me, must be my vulcan blood.

I’m linking up to There’s A Book for the picture book reading challenge.


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