Sarah's Stars

Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Little Hoot
Chronicle Books  $14.95  ISBN 978-0-8118-6023-9  28 pg.
Reviewed by Lindsey, Age 14

Little Hoot was a happy little owl. He liked going to school. He liked playing hide-n-seek with his forest friends. He even liked it fine when Mama Owl said it was practice time. But there was one thing Little Hoot did not like: Bedtime. Because when you're an owl, you have to stay up late, late, late. That's just the way it is.

A humorous twist on the classic predicament of a little child wanting to stay up late is given a whimsical, cozy feel as Amy Krouse Rosenthal spins a short yarn of a little owl named Little Hoot. He enjoys a variety of activities with his friends and he doesn't even mind practicing staring and looking wise. But the one thing Little Hoot wants to do most is go to bed early like his peers, instead of staying up all night. His loving yet firm mother orders him to stay up for just one more hour. What kinds of adventures can the little owl have in sixty minutes? And will he ever get to go to bed before the sun rises?

The watercolour and ink drawings by Jen Corace are just as sparse as the words but the short story is perfect for children ages 3 and up. The subtle humour is a nice treat in the tale and the author is to be commended on an original book. The different ways that Little Hoot interacts with the world around him are simple and charming yet with the aid of the illustrations are rendered as beautiful works of art. I wish it had been a little bit longer but perhaps that might actually have taken away from the whole atmosphere of the book.

Definitely a keeper, I give Little Hoot four stars.

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