Night Owl

illus. by Toni Yuly. 40p. Feiwel & Friends. Jan. 2015. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9781250054579.
PreS-K—In a gentle tale suffused in purple and black tones, little Night Owl happily greets the night. But where is his mother? In a series of onomatopoeic moments, the owlet hears different sounds and wonders if it's his mother's. Alas, each one reveals a cricket, a train, a toad or other source of the sound—but no mother. When a storm crashes in, the owlet wings bravely home to his tree where his mother soon joins him. With the simplest of lines, Yuly imbues her owl baby with great character. Reminiscent of Martin Waddell's Owl Babies (Candlewick 1992), the simple text is suited for group sharing or one-on-one with toddlers, who will happily join in with making the sounds. The little creature portrayed in bold pen and ink and digital pictures will capture readers with his resiliency and calm.—Marge Loch-Wouters, La Crosse Public Library, WI
Night Owl loves to explore at nighttime, but soon he can't find Mommy Owl. He follows different sounds in search of her only to find other animals; when a storm develops, he heads home and is reunited with his mommy. Lively animal sounds and textual repetition make this book a good read-aloud choice. Yuly's simple, bold illustrations playfully depict the moonlit great outdoors.

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