Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Hoot Owl: Master of Disguise by Sean Taylor

Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise

Owl is on the hunt for some nighttime prey and we are invited along for the journey.  Under the cover of darkness he lurks in wait for his prey, cleverly disguised of course.  What better way to catch a rabbit than disguising yourself as their favorite treat, a tasty carrot?  And of course Pigeons just can't resist ornamental bird baths.  Unfortunately for Owl his prey are too clever and much too quick for his tricks. It's not until he dons his best disguise yet, that of a waiter, that he is able to catch and devour....a pizza!

Hoot Owl: master of disguise is a comical tale that serves as a great introduction for children to nocturnal animals such as owls.  The repetitive phrasing is a great way for parents to encourage that important early literacy skill of print motivation, as children will be excited to shout these phrases out over the course of the story.  The big, bold, brightly colored illustrations perfectly complement the owl's over-dramatic nature.  The text is set against a dark background, adding to the nocturnal atmosphere of the story and making it easy for children to follow along.

For other children's books featuring owls try Little Owl's Orange Scarf by Tatyana Feeney or my personal favorite Little Hoot by Amy Krouse Rosenthal.

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