Little Owl lost

Chris Haughton

Book - 2010

While his mother sleeps, a newborn owl falls out of his nest and anxiously tries to find her, receiving help from various forest animals.

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Picture books
Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press 2010.
1st U.S. ed
Physical Description
unpaged : col. ill. ; 27 cm
Main Author
Chris Haughton (-)
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

By sticking to simple shapes and a bold palette, Haughton has created a debut that reads like a tattered old favorite. A single half-page shows Little Owl dozing off in his nest, then--once it's turned--bouncing softly to the forest floor. The animals who find Little Owl are flat, stylized creatures in jewel colors, but their eyes convey a wealth of feeling. Squirrel peers at Little Owl, his paws clasped in concern, his neck stretched out quizzically. "My mommy is VERY BIG," says Little Owl. "Yes! Yes! I know! I know!" says Squirrel. "Follow me.... Here she is. Here's your mommy." Squirrel points to an enormous teal bear, staring befuddled at readers. A few more cases of mistaken identity ensue before locating Little Owl's mother (careful readers will have noticed her seeking out her progeny). With instinctive skill, Haughton uses spreads of the forest to establish atmosphere and set up jokes, then delivers punch lines with spot illustrations that zero in on the animals' dopey but lovable expressions. A promising first outing. Ages 2–up. (Aug.) [Page ]. Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS—Haughton's simple story line, retro colors, and folksy artwork bring a fresh view to an often-used plot. Little Owl falls from the nest while sleeping. He meets a squirrel who promises to help him find his mother, but Squirrel uses each descriptor ("Big Eyes," "Pointy Ears") to find the wrong animal. Finally, they meet Frog, who says: "I know your mommy....Your mommy's looking everywhere for you." Owl and owlet are reunited, and the new friends are invited up for cookies. The spare, repetitive text is just right for a preschool audience, and will quickly have young listeners chiming in with "That's not my mommy." Haughton's pitch-perfect use of language flows smoothly to the satisfying end. The pencil and digitally rendered illustrations, which have the feel of a mix of woodblock and cut-paper collage, are done in intense, saturated colors of olive, red, orange, fuchsia, blue, and yellow. Little Owl is black with blue and purple accents and bright eyes, and stands out boldly on both the color-saturated pages and the stark white ones. The art does a wonderful job of conveying movement and encouraging page turns. This little gem will work equally well in storytimes or one-on-one.—Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT [Page 72]. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Falling out of his nest and bumping his head, Little Owl is unable to find his mother and receives help from a kind squirrel who introduces him to animals that possess some of Little Owl's mother's features, a search that happily ends when mother and owlet are reunited.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Friendly forest animals help a newborn owl find his mother.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

From a debut author-illustrator! What if a little owl fell from his nest? A reassuring story for the very young told with whimsy and simple, vibrant artwork.Uh-oh! Little Owl has fallen from his nest and landed with a whump on the ground. Now he is lost, and his mommy is nowhere to be seen! With the earnest help of his new friend Squirrel, Little Owl goes in search of animals that fit his description of Mommy Owl. But while some are big (like a bear) or have pointy ears (like a bunny) or prominent eyes (like a frog), none of them have all the features that make up his mommy. Where could she be? A cast of adorable forest critters in neon-bright hues will engage little readers right up to the story’s comforting, gently wry conclusion.