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The predictive text and handsome pictures are just right for reading with preschoolers, who will surely chime in with some speculation and questions. (Starred, School Library Journal)

Kitchen's artwork is very detailed; many of his meticulously drawn animals appear ready to walk right off the pages. (Kirkus Reviews)

Not only an appealing ode to nighttime, this quiet story will also clue young children in to the often-unnoticed dramas of nature. (Booklist Online)

About the Author

JENNIFER A. ERICSSON, a children's librarian, is the author of several books, including A PIECE OF CHALK, illustrated by Michelle Shapiro. SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL called it "dreamy." She lives in Concrod, New Hampshire.

BERT KITCHEN has illustrated many books, including THE BREMEN TOWN MUSICIANS by Doris Orgel. Among his many honors, he has received the International Graphics Award. He lives in London.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 6 years
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (September 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159643371X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596433717
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 0.4 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #643,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The owl was sitting in the branches of a tree. The moon shone in the background, making his eyes appeared even wider than they were. "Rustle, rustle." The owl heard something moving beneath him. He thought perhaps it would be a little mouse, a nice tasty dinner, but he was mistaken. It was a Siamese cat crouching low beside a garden next to a walkway. He was stalking something. Nope, the owl didn't want a cat for dinner.

The owl still was on alert listening. "Whoo goes there?" Mmmm, if it was a squirrel that would make for a good dinner. Oh, no! It was a skunk. No way he'd want one of those."Whoo goes there?" Perhaps this time the noise he heard would be a rabbit. Rabbits are always tasty snacks for owls. It was a rabbit, but the owl was competing with a fox who was giving chase to the rabbit. "Eeeek, eeeek." There were many creatures that owl could have for his dinner and many other animals looking for their dinner. Would he catch a bird, an opossum, a fish or a mouse?

I was quite smitten by the style and direction this picture book took. The artwork was meticulously detailed and I liked the gentle, basic introduction to the food chain and "who-eats-who" in the animal world. The artwork reminded me of a few of the Beatrix Potter illustrations, especially the one of the rabbit. I liked the way the owl introduced the reader to several creatures who were also looking for their dinner. This is a lovely introduction to nonfiction for the young child or, if you please, just a great little story to read about animals in the wild!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alex's mommy on June 3, 2011
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My son loves this book. He has wanted to read it over and over again. However, I think he has finally understood the story, because lately, he is a little afraid of it. In it, owl is searching for his dinner. And he goes through several noises, hopefully identifying them as something that would be desireable to eat. But each time, it is something else, something that is less desirable to eat, like a porcupine. One time it is a bunny, which is desirable, but that bunny is being followed by a fox, therefore, the bunny will not be Owl's dinner tonight......

So, if your child and you are ok with this animal killing dinner concept, then this book is a beautiful book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kirsten G. Cutler on January 27, 2010
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Gorgeous paintings of animals illuminate this somewhat eerie tale about a predator owl sitting patiently in a tree branch, waiting for his dinner to walk by. His big eyes stare out of the page as he wonders if a mouse is rustling by but instead, it is a cat that Owl does not want to eat for dinner. Something goes "Crack! Crack!" Owl wonders if that sound portends "a fat little squirrel just right" for his dinner but no, it is a skunk that Owl does not want to eat for his dinner. This cumulative pattern continues with Owl being constantly disappointed until only a mouse is left on the last page still looking "for his own dinner".
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A hungry owl is perched in a tree, listening for the sounds of something yummy. With each noise, he wonders, “Whoo goes there?” He doesn’t have much luck, as the noises come from many different creatures, none of which fit the owl’s palate. Finally, when owl spots a mouse, he spreads his wings in flight . . . but all for naught. A noise makes another character wonder “who goes there” and distracts the owl’s hunt.

This is a clever way of introducing our children to various forest critters and teaching them what an owl may or may not want for his dinner. The story obviously has an element of suspense to grip our attention, but thankfully it avoids an unhappy ending for the mouse. Bert Kitchen’s illustrations further add to a very enjoyable storytime experience. Try for two to five year olds!
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By Pen on January 20, 2013
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I love this book! It is great for preschoolers or kindergarten students because of the prediction and repetition. A good addition!
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