Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise

Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise

Book - 2014
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Watch out! Hoot Owl is hungry in an offbeat story with deadpan humor and bold, striking illustrations.

Hoot Owl is no ordinary owl. He is a master of disguise! In the blackness of night, he's preparing to swoop on his prey before it can realize his dastardly tricks. Look there--a tasty rabbit for him to eat! Hoot Owl readies his costume, disguising himself as . . . a carrot! Then he waits. The rabbit runs off. Never mind! Surely his next juicy target will cower against such a clever and dangerous creature as he! Kids will hoot at Sean Taylor's deliciously tongue-in-beak narration, belied by the brilliantly comical illustrations of Jean Jullien.
Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, c2014.
ISBN: 9780763675783
0763675784
Branch Call Number: Z TAY
Characteristics: [48] p. : col. ill. ; 26 x 27 cm.
Additional Contributors: Jullien, Jean - Illustrator

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marthabwaters
Jul 30, 2015

I loved this one and thought it was SO charming -- great illustrations plus an adorable, egomaniacal owl! What's not to love?

CRRL_CraigGraziano Jul 16, 2015

Young ones will enjoy Sean Taylor's patterned story. Each attempt falls apart, as Owl's big eyes and bright feathers give him away time after time. Jean Jullien's artwork offers a distinctive boldness, with solid colors and thick linework to clarify each situation. Even very young children will be able to follow Owl's attempts at a midnight snack.

Read more at: http://www.librarypoint.org/hoot_owl_taylor

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mmcbeth29
May 31, 2015

SUMMARY: "Everyone knows owls are wise. But as well as being wise, I am a master of disguise." Owl is hungry. He disguises himself in various ways tying to track down prey to eat. But they continue to allude him. Until he tries one final disguise and lands himself a delicious pizza!

ILLUSTRATIONS: The pictures appear to have been rendered in digital paint. Most of the background is black to depict night, but the animals and other details are large, bold and nicely colored. The facial expressions are subtle but effective.

THE GOOD: This is a very humorous story about an owl who thinks he is an amazing master of disguise, but can't seem to catch himself something to eat (this may be partly due to the fact that he chooses prey that is way too large most of the time). But in the end, he faces reality and goes after something that can't get away from him. Owl's disguises are adorable.
THE NOT AS GOOD: The humor here is subtle. Younger children may not get much of the funniest parts.

AGE RECOMMENDATION: Although this is advertised for ages 3-7, I would recommend it for ages 4-8. 6-8 will enjoy it the most.

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finnja22
Apr 02, 2015

Should be a cute book with an owl who is trying to be stealthy, but I just couldn't get past the fact that owls don't eat sheep, or pizza!

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mmcbeth29
May 31, 2015

mmcbeth29 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 4 and 8

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