Reader Reviewed There's an Owl in My Towel by Julia Donaldson

There's an Owl in My Towel

Written by Julia Donaldson
Illustrated by Rebecca Cobb

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The Lovereading4Kids comment

Julia Donaldson and Rebecca Cobb have already created the wonderful picture book Paper Dolls, and their new board books are really very special indeed. Baby’s day is depicted over five spreads. It follows a normal routine – playing, having breakfast, going out in the pram, bath-time then bed – but baby spots a hare on the chair, a mole in the breakfast bowl, a lamb in the pram and an owl in the towel! Lift the flap and each animal is sent back home, except for the ted in the bed, invited to stay and have a cuddle. Baby’s life is beautifully described in these short lines, while Cobb’s illustrations delicately capture every action and emotion. It end with an action song for toddlers, a chance for them to pretend to be the animals, and a perfectly formed nursery rhyme. ~ Andrea Reece

Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Elissa Watkin, age 3 - 'Another lovely story from Julia Donaldson. Simple and fun, easy for children to follow this sweet rhyming story.'
  • Amelia, age 3 - 'Truly delightful book, beautifully illustrated. Perfect for little hands to hold with sturdy lift the flaps.'
  • Jack age 4, and mum Emma - 'We loved this book!.. He also thoroughly enjoyed the song and now asks for this as his bedtime song. A really lovely book.'
  • Eva Limbert aged 3, and mum Victoria - 'this would be perfect for children between 1 and 2 as they would be able to join in and learn some of the things that happen. More Julia Donaldson magic!'


There's an Owl in My Towel by Julia Donaldson

There's an Owl in My Towel is a beautiful and engaging book for little ones from Julia Donaldson and Rebecca Cobb, the creators of the bestselling The Paper Dolls - with over 200,000 copies sold worldwide. It's tricky to have breakfast when there's a mole in your bowl! Gentle humour abounds as one baby's every activity is thwarted by a variety of surprising animals. But who wouldn't be happy to find a ted in their bed? Featuring satisfyingly simple rhyming text and charming illustrations on fresh white backgrounds, this gorgeous board book is a perfect gift. With big flaps to lift and irresistible actions throughout, children are sure to delight in joining in. And that's not all, because there's an online song to enjoy too! Written and recorded by Julia Donaldson, the wonderful 'There's an Owl in My Towel' song is the perfect accompaniment to the book and sure to become a favourite sing-along tune. Also by Julia Donaldson and Rebecca Cobb: It's a Little Baby The Paper Dolls


About the Author

Julia Donaldson

Julia Donaldson is the prize-winning author of the world’s most-loved picture books including What the Ladybird Heard and The Gruffalo, the latter of which has sold over 14 million copies worldwide, been translated into 50 languages and been adapted into a popular animated film. She was the UK Children’s Laureate from 2011-2013 and was awarded an MBE in 2011 for services to Literature. Julia lives in West Sussex and Edinburgh.

Click here to read a Q & A with Julia.

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Book Info


Board book
12 pages
Interest Age: From 1


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Author's Website


Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Publication date

30th November 1999




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