HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Oola the Owl Who Lost Her Hoot!
Author: Tim Bugbird
Illustrator: Clare Fennell
Publisher: Make Believe Ideas, republished in 2016
ISBN-13: 978-1785987632 Hardcover
ISBN-10: 1785987631 Hardcover
ISBN-13: 978-1780654874 Paperback
ISBN-10: 1780654871 Paperback
Related website: http://www.makebelieveideas.com/index.php (publisher)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Ages 3 – 7
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Bugbird, Tim. Oola the Owl Who Lost Her Hoot! (published in 2012 by Make Believe Ideas). Oola is a young owl who has spent a hard night playing. As the morning begins to dawn, she is tired, so she flies home and gets ready for bed. But when she goes to hoot, all that comes out is a whisper. Because she’s so worn out, Mama says, “You’ve lost your hoot.” Unable to sleep and misunderstanding what her mother means, Oola thinks that she must have left her voice in the forest and sneaks out to the woods, the pond, the streamside, and the meadow during the bright daylight to find her hoot. Can a mouse, a frog, a duck, and a grasshopper help her? What will she do? Does she ever locate her hoot?
This adorable and beautifully illustrated story for young children and beginning readers is not only a very cute book, but it is also educational too as each animal says its own sound and Oola tries to imitate it. One reviewer noted, “Tim Bugbird’s hide-and-seek narrative creates a patterned literary experience for young readers” and “Clare Fennell’s bright collage illustrations create a quirky young owlet and a forest that inspires the imagination.” My wife picked up Oola, the Owl Who Lost Her Hoot! as a birthday present for a three-year old friend of ours. For some reason, Sarah Phillips is occasionally identified as the author on a few websites.