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Whobert Whover, Owl Detective Hardcover – July 18, 2017
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From School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Goofy, birdbrained owl Whobert Whover finds his friend Perry the possum on the ground and unresponsive, and he is determined to discover who is responsible. Gallaher's whodunit is full of puns and misunderstandings that might elicit some giggles from a storytime audience as they talk back to the befuddled detective. Alert readers will notice that each clue that Whobert comes upon is actually left by the detective himself, not the string of forest animals he wrongly accuses. Pauwels uses pencil, felt-tip pen, digital tools, and a bright palette. Her exasperated characters have comical expressions that tell the real story. The action is established on the title page; readers may want to go back to the beginning to search the cartoonish illustrations for more clues that Whobert missed. VERDICT Recommended for group and one-on-one sharing.—Jennifer Costa, Cambridge Public Library, MA
"Pauwels' digital forest scenes full of tiny onlookers such as bees, spiders, and worms complement Gallaher's witty wordplay...A cracking whooooo-dunit." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Gallaher’s whodunit is full of puns and misunderstandings that might elicit some giggles from a storytime audience as they talk back to the befuddled detective...[Pauwels'] exasperated characters have comical expressions that tell the real story. The action is established on the title page; readers may want to go back to the beginning to search the cartoonish illustrations for more clues that Whobert missed. VERDICT Recommended for group and one-on-one sharing." (School Library Journal)
"Pauwels’ loose-lined pictures feature characters that jump off the page. Kids will laugh at both Whobert’s obtuseness and Perry’s stealth maneuvers in the background. A little twist at the end puts a bow on the package." — Ilene Cooper (Booklist)
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The first read through I thought "cute!"
The second time, I thought "clever."
The third time, I thought, "this is hysterical!"
The characters are great. Whobert is a lovable, yet not-so-quick detective and Possum's expressions are awesome. There's a fun refrain kids will latch onto.
The illustrations are fantastic and there are fun hidden tidbits in them. I hope Whobert will return again.
My 4-year-old took the book from me to "look for clues." That's a good sign!
Fantastic read aloud. My kids are 4 and 8. Both of them enjoyed this story! As did I!