Reader Reviewed Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise by Sean Taylor
  

Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise

Written by Sean Taylor
Illustrated by Jean Jullien

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The Lovereading4Kids comment

One of our Books of the Year 2015 - March 15 Book of the Month Hoot Owl flies through the midnight air quick as a shooting star, wingtip pointing like some kind of avian superhero. When he spots a tasty rabbit he prepares to gobble it up by slipping into disguise as - a carrot! Surprise, surprise, it doesn’t work and the rabbit hops away. Still hungry, Hoot Owl tries some more clever disguises – first attempting fluffy sheep, then ornamental birdbath! At last, ‘eyes glittering like sardines’, he manages to successfully sneak up on a pizza and eats it with his ‘deadly-dangerous beak’. Whether peeking out at his would-be victims, or swooping sideways through the shadows Hoot Owl cuts a very comic figure, and his extravagant similes are hilarious. He’ll have children and adults alike laughing out loud. ~ Andrea Reece


The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. It is night-time and Hoot Owl is hungry, so he disguises himself as a carrot to catch a rabbit. It doesn’t work. He disguises himself again and again, but nothing works. Finally, he disguises himself as a waiter – it works, and he eats pizza – happy Hoot Owl! This sparing and descriptive story is brilliantly accompanied by striking illustrations with dark outlines, bold colours and simple shapes. It is a lovely book that young children will easily relate to. (Ages 2–5)
~ Andrea Rayner

Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and share books from an early age and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of the younger members of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

  • Robert Anderson, age 4 - 'Hilariously funny picture book with bright, colourful illustrations.' Read full review >
  • Amatullah Khatun, age 4 - 'The bright colours and bold illustrations set against the inky black background make this book memorable.  The illustrations are funny and complement the story well.'  Read full review >
  • Finley Wade, age 8 - 'I have enjoyed this book soooooooooooo much that I have read it lots and keep looking at the pictures.' Read full review >
  • Eleanor, age 2 and Tanya - 'Hoot Owl had both myself and my two year old laughing out loud...This story is a firm favourite in our house at the moment.' Read full review >
  • William Davies, age 2 - 'Hoot Owl is not only a master of disguise but also fun from start to end!...I expect this book will be added to the favourites. Very much enjoyed!!' Read full review >

Synopsis

Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise by Sean Taylor

Hoot Owl is no ordinary owl - oh no! - he's a MASTER OF DISGUISE! And he will use his formidable camouflage powers to trick his unsuspecting prey into succumbing to him! Tiny animals of the night ...BEWARE! But, SOMEHOW, Hoot Owl's prey keeps escaping...Hmmm, perhaps he isn't quite as masterful as he believes. Will he ever succeed in catching himself some dinner?

Hilarity, ridiculousness and VERY bad costume changes abound in this wildly inventive new title from Sean Taylor and brand new picture book talent, Jean Jullien.

Reviews

Bags of character ... a fun , clever read INIS magazine Laugh-out-loud funny and melodramatic, with great comic timing ... the bold graphics are packed with humour and perfectly complement the text. Wonderful. Bookseller Children will howl with laughter Smallish magazine There's melodrama and dry humour in his striking and original picture book [...] Children will love the repetition, and the bold illustrations convey a huge range of emotions in the simplest of eye movements. -- Sally Morris Daily Mail This wonderfully humorous book has excellent illustrations by the talented Jean Jullien who shows Hoot Owl in his many guises. Great fun. -- Parents in Touch Parents in Touch The bold, naive-style, illustrations compliment the text perfectly, too, ensuring that readers will love this charming owl... -- Manchester Evening News Manchester Evening News Hilarity, ridiculousness and very bad costume changes abound in this wildly inventive new title which will have little ones rolling around in giggles. -- World Book Day World Book Day A perfect complement to Taylor's text is Jullien's portrayal of that inept night owl. Every spread is a laugh-inducer. -- Books for Keeps Books for Keeps This wonderfully humrous book has excellent illustrations by the talented Jean Jullien who shows Hoot Owl in his many guises. Great fun. -- Parents in Touch Parents in Touch Intrigue, suspense, disguises and a creature of the night. I guarantee you that there is no book quite like this one on your child's bookshelf. -- Apartment Therapy Apartment Therapy Young readers will soon be hooting with laughter at his antics. -- My Little Style File My Little Style File A laugh-out-loud page turner of a picture book from Sean Taylor with wickedly hilarious graphic art from Jean Jullien. -- Aldershot News and Mail Aldershot News and Mail Hilarity and bad costume changes abound. -- Independent Bookshop Week supplement The Guardian Sean Taylor mixes some poetic effects into this comical story, and Jean Julien packs every page with bold graphics and splashy colours. Carousel A stylish collaboration between an acclaimed graphic artist and a well-known children's author, this is, in a word, a hoot [...] a winner. The School Librarian It is a lovely book which young children will easily relate to. The Good Book Guide This is a brilliantly funny story that would appeal to all ages. Its bright, bold illustrations will hook in younger readers, and the humorous text will keep the older readers (and the adults!) entertained time and time again. Inis Reading Guide Repetitive text encourages children to anticipate the form that Hoot Owl will next take as a cunning disguise. The striking illustrations of vibrant blocks of colour on dark backgrounds create a furtive atmosphere for this comical nocturnal adventure. It is sure to be enjoyed by mischievous young readers. Book Trust

About the Author

Sean Taylor

Sean Taylor has written more than 40 books for young readers. These include the Purple Class series of comic adventures set in an urban primary school, a collection of folktales from the Amazon called The Great Snake, a novel for teenagers called A Waste of Good Paper, and picture books such as The World Champion of Staying Awake, illustrated by Jimmy Liao and Boing!, illustrated by Bruce Ingman. He lives in Bristol with his wife and two sons. Visit Sean at www.seantaylorstories.com

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Book Info

Format

Hardback
48 pages
Interest Age: From 3

Author

Sean Taylor
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Author's Website

www.seantaylorstories.com/

Publisher

Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

5th March 2015

ISBN

9781406348415

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