Review: Hoot Owl Master of Disguise by Sean Taylor

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Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise by Sean Taylor, illustrated by Jean Jullien

A very hungry owl uses a unique approach to find his dinner in this silly picture book. Hoot Owl is a master of disguise, so he as he hunts in the dark night, he switches into different costumes to trick his prey. First, he sees a rabbit and so he puts on his carrot disguise. It doesn’t work to tempt the rabbit, so he moves on to a lamb. Hoot Owl disguises himself as a mother sheep to lure the lamb closer, but that doesn’t work either. Maybe a pigeon will be fooled by his clever birdbath costume? Nope. Then finally, he finds something to eat that can’t move away – pepperoni pizza! But will his waiter costume work?

The voice of owl as the narrator for the story is so much fun to read aloud. He is brazen, confident and sure that eventually his unique approach to hunting will work out. Never daunted by disappointment, he moves on to the next meal quickly and eagerly. Throughout, Hoot Owl expresses himself in metaphors and playful language. The night is “black as burnt toast” and his eyes “glitter like sardines” when they see the pizza.

Jullien’s illustrations are bold and gorgeous. The colors are bright and fun, the orange of owl popping against that black night sky. Hoot Owl’s personality shines on the page, his head peeking out from various angles as he hunts his prey.

This playful picture book is a great read aloud, bright, funny and impressive. Appropriate for ages 3-5. 

Reviewed from library copy.

This Week’s Tweets, Pins & Tumbls

Here are the links I shared on my Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr accounts this week that I think are cool:

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CHILDREN’S BOOKS

CBC and WNDB Team Up for Publishing Internships http://buff.ly/1NKnPY1 #kidlit

HarperCollins Children’s Books to Publish the Final Discworld Novel by Sir Terry Pratchett http://buff.ly/1Gxbgec #kidlit

Marissa Moss’s Amelia Graduates Middle School—and Turns 20 http://buff.ly/1aR5abA #kidlit

Rachel Hamilton’s top 10 explosions in children’s books http://buff.ly/1Izvnct #kidlit

LIBRARIES

10 Ways Big and Small You Can Love Your Local Library http://buff.ly/1JMSVsi #libraries

CheckItOut – Taylor Swift Parody Video for National Library Week http://buff.ly/1FOc8py #libraries #humor

New Orleans’s Once-destroyed Public Libraries a Strong and Necessary Component of Civic Infrastructure – http://buff.ly/1CKAOyd #libraries

New York Public Library’s Renovation Plans Advance http://buff.ly/1IefwwO #libraries

TEEN READS

Stacked: 2015 YA Novels in Verse: A Book List http://buff.ly/1FNY7Ir #yalit #poetry

WI Libraries: Celebrate Teen Literature Day! http://buff.ly/1ELEGnB #yalit

Woodley, ‘Fault In Our Stars,’ win big at MTV Movie Awards http://buff.ly/1OBYRXP #yalit