In the great, old hollow oak,
Lived an owl, who never spoke.
Owl doesn’t speak, doesn’t sing and doesn’t even hoot. All the other animals are worried. They would like a sign that Owl is all right. Finally, Owl does make a noise – by playing a series of musical instruments.
The Silent Owl is a gorgeous rhyming picture book, illustrated with paper collage and water colour backgrounds. The humour of the story, coupled with the big eyed characters will appeal to young readers, and the deceptive simplicity of the collage will entice young artists to experiment with collage themselves.
Lots of fun with early childhood readers.
The Silent Owl, by Sam McPhillips (ill) & Clemency Pearce
Big Sky Publishing, 2016