Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise

illus. by Jean Jullien. 48p. Candlewick. Feb. 2015. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9780763675783. LC 2013957281.
K-Gr 2—Hoot Owl explains that he is hungry and proud of his creative disguises employed to capture prey. He assembles a carrot costume in pursuit of rabbit and becomes an ornamental birdbath to nab a pigeon. He is totally unsuccessful until he dons waiter's attire and devours….a pizza! The owl's braggadocio and camouflage amuse throughout. Jullien's spreads feature primary colors and mostly black backgrounds that feature playfully rounded cartoon characters. Use this read-aloud for levity during a study of nocturnal animals or when discussing different ways to approach a problem.—Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA
"Everyone knows owls are wise. But...I am a master of disguise." A self-important owl puts on various costumes (e.g., a carrot suit) in hopes of catching prey (a rabbit), but there are no takers because the costumes are (hilariously) terrible. Hoot should be bragging about how satisfying this book is: big and square; gag-filled; and brimming with bold, thick-lined illustrations.

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