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.