Hoot and Peep

illus. by Lita Judge. 40p. Dial. Mar. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780525428374.
RedReviewStarPreS-Gr 2—Hoot knows all about the owl life. And he can't wait to share all of his knowledge with his little sister Peep. Now that she is old enough to be out on the rooftops, they will be together all night long. But when Peep arrives, she doesn't want to hear Hoot's guidance. She wants to sing in her own style, not say "Hooooo" like Hoot thinks she should. Since they can't agree on a right way, the owlets separately sing their songs. Eventually they both realize that something is missing in their glorious night—their siblings. The story is gentle and sweet and celebrates being siblings and individuals. Judge's text is poetic and has a little fun to it, too. Peep's way of singing toward the night includes several amusing-to-make sounds. And the illustrations are glorious. Created in a palette of blues, the panels are moody and atmospheric. Rooftops shine in the glowing moonlight, and Hoot and Peep stand out in golds and browns. Their personalities are perfectly depicted here.
VERDICT A wise and wonderful choice to share one-on-one and as a family read-aloud.

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