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Tuesday, May 31
Good Night Owl
Written and illustrated by Greg Pizzoli
My rating: ★★★
Date of publication: April 19, 2016
Age: 4 - 8 years
Themes: sounds, bedtime, owls, mice
Owl is ready for bed. But as soon as he settles in, he hears a strange noise. He'll never get to sleep unless he can figure out what's going on!
Let me start off by saying that I took a whole class in college just on Edgar Allan Poe, so the fact that this story was reminescent of The Tell-Tale Heart really made the story a bit...eerier to me. Really, I'm sure to the standard child reading this, it's a nice bedtime story about a silly owl who will do ANYTHING to figure out where that strange noise is coming from. It's funny, even! But to me and my Poe brain, it was creepy. And that made me not love it as much.
But hey, the illustrations: adorable. They're simple and I'm a fan of the owl (surprised, anyone?). They also show a lot of the emotion behind the text (as the owl slowly descends into madness...*ahem* moving on). The text itself is great with a lot of repetition and straightforward vocabulary—good for beginning readers or as a read aloud. In fact, it'd be a lot of fun to read aloud; for instance, having your child make the strange noise would get them involved and giggling as you, the reader, get into the character of the owl (or vice versa). There's a lot of fun to be had with this book! Just forget what I said about Poe...
Find it at your library or on Amazon