Hoot and Peep, the adorable owl siblings, are back, this time in a story that introduces little sister Peep to a new phenomenon: snow.
The season has changed, but the two birds’ natures remain the same. Hoot likes to seem wise, and Peep interprets the world around her through song. When Hoot predicts that snow is coming soon but won’t tell her what it will sound like (he doesn’t admit that he’s forgotten), Peep attempts to guess. Once again, Judge uses delightfully creative language. Peep asks, “Does snow drop, ploppety splop, like the rain’s song” or “swish swooooooo like the wind’s song,” or “scrrinkle scrattle like falling leaves?” As the birds converse, they swoop through the romantic Parisian night, where glowing lights, bright store windows, and decorated shrubbery suggest that the holiday season is near. When the snow finally arrives, typical winter shenanigans come along with the white stuff. As in Hoot and Peep (2016), the two birds are accompanied by a mouse who brandishes a carved staff. Big-eyed and smiling, all of the animals pictured have a cartoon-style charm. Judge’s text consists primarily of the siblings’ dialogue and is pleasingly playful. The luminous watercolors, enhanced with “a few digital finishing touches,” should have wide appeal.
Festive and sprightly, this entry will likely leave listeners wondering what the pair will get up to when spring rolls around. (Picture book. 3-6)