Illustrations by Jean Jullien
Hoot Owl is far from modest--he considers himself not only a master of disguise, but also a mighty hunter--and now, he’s hungry! Young readers will chuckle at his first disguise: a delicious orange carrot for sneaking up on a rabbit. The turquoise bunny simply hops away. Through the darkness of French artist Jullien’s night scenes (“black as burnt toast”) and startling, black-rimmed images, Hoot Owl tries cannily but unsuccessfully to catch a lamb and then a pigeon. (His costumes include an ornamental birdbath.) But now, he’s in the brightly lit city, peeking through a restaurant window and spying the perfect prey: a mouth-watering pizza. Will Hoot Owl, in his natty waiter’s outfit, be able to capture the deliciously steaming pie? Yes, Hoot Owl has triumphed--it’s pepperoni. Flying off through the night, he proclaims, “I am gone. The world can sleep again.” The final page surprises with a hint he may return. Let’s hope so!
2014, Ages 3 to 6
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Recommended by: Barbara Talcroft
Barbara Talcroft reviews children’s books professionally for childrenslit.com and for Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database. She has a Master’s degree in International Children’s Literature. She also has many years’ experience as a teacher. Barbara is one of the founders of LANTERN and its past chairperson.