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Oliver the Curious Owl

Little, Brown. Aug. 2020. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780316529877.
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K-Gr 2–The owls are happy in their big tree, and the only question they ask is “Who?” When Oliver is born, he asks many other questions: what, where, when, and why. Oliver learns everything he can about his world and wants to explore further, but his owl family discourages him from leaving. Then Oliver meets an insect who has as many questions as he does, and they become fast friends. When Bug falls into the river, Oliver decides to rescue him. The search leads him into the woods where he meets new creatures to question and finds the end of the river, as well as Bug. Multimedia illustrations primarily in shades of teal provide a contrast to the orange and rotund Oliver. Varying perspectives and layouts are used to full effect. Endpapers feature a map and facts about the animals Oliver meets.
VERDICT This charming story has a place in most collections.

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