Monday, October 19, 2009

Little Hoot: Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Jen Corace

I'm so pleased to see Chronicle has released the "Little" books in board book format! They are sold as a beautiful boxed set, but I think each deserves a separate review. So today, I'm appreciating Little Hoot. I first came across Little Hoot through Bookie Woogie's great review.

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Author Amy Krouse Rosenthal ponders the trials of a little owl, so tired, he just wants to go to bed. But of course, his parents make him stay up. How hard is that when all your friends are asleep and all you can think of is sleep, sleep, sleep!

What a fun way to explore the opposite of what is maybe a struggle with your totz: going to bed. Genius!

Jen Corace's delicate, varied ink lines and soft watercolor washes are the perfect compliment to Amy's text. I particularly enjoy the sparseness and wide white spaces.
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The font is a wonderful, thin match for both story and art.

Note: the board book cover show Little Hoot in green jammies, while on the picture book cover, he's wearing blue, like the above image. Hm. Why the change? Interesting.

Read this sweet, smart board book with your totz because "they owl lived happily ever after."

Little Hoot
by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
illustrated by Jen Corace
Chronicle Books, 2009 (board book)

3 comments:

Lara Ivey said...

I'm excited to see that these are in board book format! My daughter has fallen in love with Little Pea and even asked to be video taped reading it while using a microphone. The play on words and concepts is extremely creative. Can't wait to see them.

*I'm curious, did they leave any of the story out as some board books do?

Lorie Ann Grover said...

I don't know, Lara! I don't have the picture book format. We should check!

If you tape your daughter, we'd love to load it here if you are up for sharing...readertotzatclearwiredotnet
That would be awesome!

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