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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; 1 edition (August 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763650226
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763650223
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.4 x 10.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreS–Haughton's simple story line, retro colors, and folksy artwork bring a fresh view to an often-used plot. Little Owl falls from the nest while sleeping. He meets a squirrel who promises to help him find his mother, but Squirrel uses each descriptor (“Big Eyes,” “Pointy Ears”) to find the wrong animal. Finally, they meet Frog, who says: “I know your mommy....Your mommy's looking everywhere for you.” Owl and owlet are reunited, and the new friends are invited up for cookies. The spare, repetitive text is just right for a preschool audience, and will quickly have young listeners chiming in with “That's not my mommy.” Haughton's pitch-perfect use of language flows smoothly to the satisfying end. The pencil and digitally rendered illustrations, which have the feel of a mix of woodblock and cut-paper collage, are done in intense, saturated colors of olive, red, orange, fuchsia, blue, and yellow. Little Owl is black with blue and purple accents and bright eyes, and stands out boldly on both the color-saturated pages and the stark white ones. The art does a wonderful job of conveying movement and encouraging page turns. This little gem will work equally well in storytimes or one-on-one.–Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CTα(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

About the Author

Chris Haughton is an Irish illustrator and designer who now lives in London. In 2007, he was named one of Time Magazine’s DESIGN 100 for his work for Fair Trade and People Tree. LITTLE OWL LOST is his first picture book.

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My nephew's favorite book for Christmas.
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A magic combination of a simple and funny story with graphically beautiful illustrations.
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I've been reading this to my son since he was just a few months old.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amanda J. Horrigan on August 23, 2010
Format: Hardcover
My son will be three this week. We go through LOTS of library books. Most are okay, and few are read for naptime AND bedtime in the same day. This is one of the special ones. I like it for its simple story and great pictures. He likes it for its hilarity. Little Owl falls out of his nest and is lost. Little Owl describes his mama as being "this big" to which squirrel helpfully replies, "yes, yes. I know" and takes him to a bear. Then Owl says his mama has "pointy ears". Again squirrel says, "yes, yes. I know, I know" and takes him to...a rabbit. Lastly they go to frog for the "big eyes". They eventually find mama and all go to the nest for cookies. Love it!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J.Prather TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 23, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is a story that's been told before, but perhaps never so beautifully and simply than in Little Owl Lost. The illustrations are basic and done in a color palette that is certainly unusual in kid's books. The colors are muted and earthy and only add to the charm of this little owl's search for his mother after he falls out of his nest. The picture of Little Owl tumbling out, accompanied by a simple UH OH is just priceless.

Kids will enjoy following along with Owl as he keeps trying to describe his mother, only to keep getting pointed in the wrong direction. The story ends perfectly with a cookie party back at the nest, but wait a minute... That little owl is looking unsteady again! UH OH. The text is spare; just enough to keep things moving along and the attention of even the youngest squiggly kid in the audience. This is a solid recommend for both group and one on one sharing for any preschooler or kindergartner. It is a great choice for any permanent story time collection.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By SNQ on August 17, 2010
Format: Hardcover
i was drawn to this book for the artwork and beautiful colors--it considers a more sophisticated palate than usual kid-art fare. the story is simple and very sweet. currently reading it to my 6-month-old nightly.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Library Lady on October 23, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Irish illustrator Chris Haughton's debut picture book has reached the states with the title Little Owl Lost. Haughton uses a rich yet subtle color palette which is perfect for the tone of the story. The artwork will draw you in, but the simple story of a baby owl that fell out of his nest and lost his mommy will keep you turning the pages.

When baby owl falls asleep and tumbles out of his nest, squirrel finds him and helps him look for his mother. Little do they know that his mother is looking for him too!

It is a story that has been told before (Is Your Mama a Llama?, Are You My Mother?) yet the simple text and repeated lines make the story feel fresh, comforting, and just as touching. Little Owl Lost is an excellent addition to your collection, especially for toddler or preschool age children.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By leh on July 22, 2014
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This may sound plain silly for a children's book review, but I took off 1 star for the uninspired ending. Spoiler alert ;) a lost baby owl gets help from a squirrel in finding his mom. As the owl describes his mom, the good-intentioned squirrel takes him to a series of not-his-mom. E.g. Baby owl says his mom has big ears, squirrel takes him to a rabbit. It's very cute.
In the end, once the mother is really found, she offers them all a cookie. The end. For such a cute and clever book, I wanted something better. Yes, i hear the pettiness of my complaint as i type, but there it is. But I still think it's great and do recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Reeves on November 18, 2014
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Such an adorable book! Great story. My 20 month old is more drawn to this book than all the rest. Easy story line, easy for a young toddler to start memorizing pages and words. He always shouts out "oh no!" "Bump bump!" And "cookie" on their respective pages. Book is beautifully illustrated and the pages are very durable and can withstand a toddler beating.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sunshinemom on February 14, 2012
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I've been reading this to my son since he was just a few months old. He's now 14 months and still loves it. And I never tire of looking at the gorgeous illustrations. We have gone through hundreds of books this past year, and this is one we have read over and over. It's amazing and I can't wait until he comes out with another one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By May1 on January 7, 2012
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While the story is a bit simple, the illustrations are great and captivate baby, and the story is humorous for adults.
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