One of the books we had fun reading this week is 10 Hooting Owls by Ed Allen and illustrated by Simon Williams, which is a new release from Scholastic Press.
Author: Ed Allen
Illustrator: Simon Williams
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: May 2013
10 Hooting Owls is a super adorable counting book and so much fun to read aloud. It is EVEN more fun to sing aloud, as this is a 'hoot-a-licious' version of the song Ten Green Bottles.
Ten hooting owls lounging in the sun.Ten hooting owls lounging in the sun. And if one hooting owl should go off for a run. There'll be nine hooting owls lounging in the sun.
The owl antics become funnier as you count down, from dressing in disguise, knitting winter socks or hip hop dancing. Something wacky always happens to one of the owls, like falling out of the tub, catching chicken pox or drinking a smoothie (which was Emily's favourite part, she said) Thankfully all the owls end up back at the nest in the end, safe and sound, although looking a little weary.
Simon Williams' illustrations are so vibrant and absolutely hilarious. It's the little details that add so much more the story. In my opinion, his illustrations make this book so lovable. I really enjoyed how Williams is able to convey so much humour in those big owl eyes. One of my favourite illustrations is the two hooting owls dancing hip hop! James loved the illustrations too and he could not stop laughing when he saw what one owl gets in his eye!
I decided to make a set of 10 owls to play with as we were counting along with the book. I had a pile of felt scraps that I found at an op-shop and thought it would be perfect for this little project.
I searched for an owl template and found an easy and very cute owl shape from Craft Jr.
Here is one of the gorgeous little owls. I cut out all the felt pieces and Emily was in charge of the glue brush. I just used PVA glue, because it was all I could find at the time but it worked perfectly, although we had to wait a little while for it to dry.
We have a great felt board which made a lovely backdrop for our little owls. Lots of fun was had taking the owls away as we counted down from ten, just like the story.
For more gorgeous owl craft inspiration, check out my O is for Owl Pinterest board.
Do you have a favourite book about owls or favourite counting book?
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Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of this book for review by the publisher. I was not obligated to review this book and, as always, my opinions are my own.