The Silent Owl, book review

 

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Title: The Silent Owl
by: Sam McPhillips
illustrated by: Clemency Pearce
Publisher: Big Sky Publishing

In the deep, dark forest lives a silent owl.
The forest animals are worried about Owl, but he has a few surprises up his sleeve!

I have a new favourite book to add to my list of “picture book favourites” – The Silent Owl, written by Sam McPhillips. The story is simple, with a flowing rhyming text, and filled with caring forest animals. Somehow it makes the world feel like a better place.

The main character is an owl who is silent, by choice or not is up to the reader to decide. The owl remains silent, even as a string of animals visit and ask him a question to encourage him to speak … but he never does. You have to admire the owl for not bowing down to peer pressure and staying calm throughout the series of events. He is not only a silent owl, but a strong owl, or perhaps even a stubborn owl…

Illustrator, Clemency Pearce, has created delightful collage illustrations with backdrops of paint in amazing hues. Her art style would be ideal to emulate as part of an art activity to accompany the story.

I highly recommend The Silent Owl. It’s a story where the owl has an untold story, and one that would lead to interesting discussions with readers, and perhaps creating understanding of other personalities. The Silent Owl is an important story, as it is about acceptance, about differences, and celebrating individuality.

Purchase a copy: http://www.bigskypublishing.com.au/Books/Children/The-Silent-Owl/1156/productview.aspx

Title: The Silent Owl
by: Sam McPhillips
illustrated by: Clemency Pearce
Publisher: Big Sky Publishing
ISBN: 9781925520019
Category: children’s
Pages: 32

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Reviewed by Julieann Wallace
(Dip T, B. Ed, Author, Illustrator, Tea Ninja, Cadbury Chocolate Annihilator)
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There’s a Koala in My Kitchen, book review

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Title: There’s a Koala in My Kitchen
by: Sean Farrar
illustrated by: Pat Kan
Publisher: Big Sky Publishing

Have you ever found a furry Koala kidding around in your kitchen?
Or been hassled by a great white shark at your park?
Giggled at a Kookaburra causing chaos with Dad’s cooking?

Author, Sean Farrar, has written a rhyming picture book about creatures in and around an Aussie home. Is he fair dinkum that these creatures could be found there? Judge for yourself to see if they are believable, or not, possible, or not, likely, or not. As you turn the pages of the book, you will discover there is a character line up of popular and not so popular animals (including a great white shark with the loveliest teeth!) plus a little human (maybe, maybe not).

Artist, Pat Kan has created captivating illustrations that add another story to Sean’s story, and are sure to get a reaction from the reader, anywhere from Eeeeew! to Aaaaaah! to He he heeee!

Educationally, There’s a Koala in My Kitchen would be a fabulous book to innovate on, with students creating their own rhymes for the book characters, and re-reading to check the rhyme, rhythm and beat of their word combinations. I can imagine children out and about with their magnifying glasses spying creatures in and around their own home or school.

Purchase a copy: There’s a Koala in My Kitchen – Big Sky Publishing

Title: There’s a Koala in My Kitchen
by: Sean Farrar
illustrator: Pat Kan
Publisher: Big Sky Publishing
ISBN: 9781925520262
Category: children’s
Pages: 32

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Reviewed by Julieann Wallace
(Dip T, B. Ed, Author, Illustrator, Tea Ninja, Cadbury Chocolate Annihilator)
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