OWL SEES OWL by Laura Godwin
Kirkus Star

OWL SEES OWL

by , illustrated by
Age Range: 3 - 7
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

Leaving the tree trunk where family slumbers, a fledgling owl explores the night world.

Wide awake, Owl hops out of the tree nest where mother, brother, and sister sleep soundly and, with a “Jump, Flutter,” and “Flap,” flies above the fall woods with its red and yellow leaves. Soaring upward, Owl’s eyes gleam in the moon’s beam while “Stars Twinkle” and “Mice Scamper.” Spying its reflection in some water, “Owl / Sees Owl,” causing the young bird to turn back home, flying above the mice beneath the stars, past moon beams gleaming in deer’s eyes, and over falling leaves to the family nest. The simple, often alliterative, onomatopoeic text forms a spare poem of single words arranged strategically on double-paged spreads to coordinate symbiotically with the luminous watercolor, colored pencil, ink, collage, and digital media illustrations, visually and verbally tracking Owl’s foray away from and return back home. Deft use of reflected light, bird’s-eye perspective, and a dark palette create an atmosphere of silent wonder. Observant readers will notice text and illustrations repeat in reverse order, beginning with “Home Mama Brother Sister” as Owl departs and closing with “Sister Brother Mama Home” as Owl returns safely home.

A perfectly paced, holistically rendered home-away-home story. (Picture book. 3-7)

Pub Date: Sept. 20th, 2016
ISBN: 978-0-553-49782-3
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade/Random
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2016




MORE BY LAURA GODWIN

ChildrenTHE DOLL PEOPLE'S CHRISTMAS by Ann M. Martin
by Ann M. Martin
ChildrenTHE DOLL PEOPLE SET SAIL by Ann M. Martin
by Ann M. Martin

MORE BY ROB DUNLAVEY

ChildrenOVER IN THE WETLANDS by Caroline Starr Rose
by Caroline Starr Rose
ChildrenCOUNTING CROWS by Kathi Appelt
by Kathi Appelt
ChildrenTHE DANDELION'S TALE by Kevin Sheehan
by Kevin Sheehan

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenLEAVING THE NEST by Mordicai Gerstein
by Mordicai Gerstein
ChildrenLOON BABY by Molly Beth Griffin
by Molly Beth Griffin
ChildrenIF I NEVER FOREVER ENDEAVOR by Holly  Meade
by Holly Meade