My toddler daughter loves owls. Recently I checked out Owl Howl by Paul Friester and Philippe Goossens from our local library for her. Although recommended for kids between the ages of 3 and 5, my two-year-old also seemed to enjoy the story about a little owl lost.
“One afternoon in the forest, the air was filled with a terrible howl. “Hoo…hoo…,” begins Owl Howl. Although the forest animals at first thought the terrific sound came from the woof, one brave hedgehog decides to investigate and finds a little owl crying miserably instead. Throughout the story, the animals try to figure out the reason that the little owl is crying. When mama owl shows up, the little owl finally stops crying. But just what made the little owl howl in the first place?
Owl Howl is a sweet little book that any little owl lover will enjoy. The language and story are fairly simple but still interesting. In addition to the little owl, my daughter also enjoyed looking at the other forest animals throughout the book. And I personally really liked the illustration style. The pictures are extremely whimsical and just plain fun to look at. I especially love the big eyes on the little owl — too cute!
Final Verdict: Owl Howl by Paul Friester and Philippe Goossens is a sweet little book for early readers and pre-readers. Kids who like owls will especially enjoy trying to figure out why little owl is crying so terribly. Additionally, the whimsical pictures bring the story to life. I highly recommend Owl Howl for toddlers and preschoolers.
Cover of Owl Howl © 2013 Heather Johnson
Inside Pages of Owl Howl 1 © 2013 Heather Johnson
Inside Pages of Owl Howl 2 © 2013 Heather Johnson