With more style and fewer words than Hoke and Pitt (see below) and for a younger audience, Garelick conveys essentially the same information via portraits of three individual owls: an Elf Owl, first seen emerging from his cactus home (""if he hears you he may freeze like a statue""), a Barn Owl, who swoops down on noiseless wings to grab a mouse (and demonstrates how ""an owl can swing its head around so fast it looks as if it is turning in a complete circle""), and a Great Horned Owl, who pounces on a snake and puffs up to scare away another contender for the prize. Garelick concludes with the same rhyme (""A wise old owl sat on an oak. . ."") that Hoke and Pitt use for an opener, but takes care to point out that the subject is ""wise enough for an owl but really no wiser than other birds."" The strong sense of owl presence throughout is due largely to Tony Chen's elegant illustrations in feathery browns.