Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise

Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise is an amusing tale from the pen of Sean Taylor, brought to life by Jean Jullien’s vibrant illustrations.

Under the dark of night Owl is flying around, looking for something tasty to eat … how hard can it be??

Funny Hoot Owl decides that he needs a disguise in order to trick rabbit to come closer.

‘Everyone knows

owls are wise.

But as well as

being wise,

I am a master

of disguise.’

Of course he is. That’s why he dresses up as … ‘a delicious carrot.’ Yep. But. Despite waiting very still, rabbit comes nowhere near him. He tries similar tricks with other animals … pigeon, lamb. It doesn’t go well.

The repetition of the above verse each time owl spies a new treat, works wonderfully well when reading out loud. Taylor also pops in some flamboyant descriptions … ‘The shadowy night stretches away forever, as black as burnt toast.’ Indeed a number of delightful similes pop up across the pages, highlighting Hoot Owl’s tendency towards a little drama!

Finally poor owl, who is ‘very, very hungry’ spies a pizza that makes his ‘eyes glitter like sardines’ … does he succeed? No spoilers here!

Jean Jullien’s vibrant illustrations are bold and bright, with satisfyingly thick strokes. He brings to life this unique character, and his zany disguises, quite brilliantly.

Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise is fast paced, quirky picture book about a rather fabulous owl.


Sean Taylor
Jean Jullien
Walker Books

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