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Little Hoot    by Amy Krouse Rosenthal & Jen Corace order for
Little Hoot
by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Order:  USA  Can
Chronicle, 2007 (2007)

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* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Daninhirsch

This delightful picture book offers up a twist on the traditional bedtime story. The nocturnal owl, Little Hoot, wants to go to bed early like his other animal friends, but the nature of owlhood requires a late bedtime.

His parents force him to stay up and play for an extra hour, which doesn't sit well with Little Hoot, who muses, 'When I grow up, I'm going to let my kids go to bed as early as they want.' So, against his will, Little Hoot plays on his jungle gym, builds a fort, jumps on the bed, etc.. When his parents finally let him go to bed, he falls asleep in an exhausted heap.
Little Hoot definitely lives up to its name in the humor department. The language is witty, and the illustrations are simple but hilarious. I especially loved the pictures of Little Hoot practicing his pondering and his staring, as owls are prone to do, and the picture of Little Own learning his vocabulary at school: 'who,' 'whom,' and 'whose.'
If you are a fan of Little Hoot, you may also want to check out the author/illustrator team's first book, Little Pea.

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