Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Hoot Owl, master of disguise by Sean Taylor, illustrated by Jean Jullien

I could have sworn I had read and even reviewed this, but apparently not, as I am sure I couldn't have forgotten something so funny.

Beware night creatures! Hoot Owl is hungry and he is a master of disguise. Watch out small rabbit, here comes Hoot Owl disguised as a....carrot! Darn. Oh well, there are plenty of tasty creatures and plenty of excellent disguises. After all, Hoot Owl is a master! Maybe?

The silly twist at the end will make readers laugh out loud as Hoot Owl finally finds the perfect disguise and the perfect prey (SPOILER: It's a pizza). The big, bold illustrations, with Hoot Owl's staring eyes and very, very serious face add to the hilarity of the goofy story with just an edge of danger.

Verdict: A perfect read for a storytime, especially with a large group. This will touch off discussions of what owls eat as well as screams of laughter. Read it in a spooky, super-dramatic voice and it will make a mildly scary read for preschoolers as well. Recommended.

ISBN: 9780763675783; Published 2014 by Candlewick; Borrowed from another library in my consortium

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