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Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise

Written by Sean Taylor

Illustrated by Jean Jullien

Early Years

LoveReading View on Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise

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

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Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise Synopsis

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.

Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise 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 >

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)

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406348415
Publication date: 5th March 2015
Author: Sean Taylor
Illustrator: Jean Jullien
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 48 pages
Year Groups: Early Years

About 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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