Hoot is a very small owl and Holler is a much bigger one. They love each other very much but Hoot is too little to say so and Holler is too shy. When a big gust of wind blows them to opposite ends of the Great Wood, the pair soon realize how important it is to tell you friends just how you feel.
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Alan Brown is the author of several children's picture books including Humbugs, illustrated by Adrian Reynolds, and The Incredible Journey of Adrian Rat-illustrated by Ivan Bates (Hodder) and Windhover illustrated by Christian Birmingham (HarperCollins). Rimantas Rolia is a new illustrator. This is his first picture book. He lives in Lithuania.From School Library Journal:
reS-Gr 2-An earnest story about two owls who play together every day, but who, readers are told, are "too shy to say that they loved each other." One day, when Hoot is blown away by a gust of wind and gets lost, the friends are both sad because they never told the other how much they enjoyed playing together. Soon, however, with the encouragement of Wise Owl and a growing amount of courage, Holler searches for Hoot. When his shy, small voice does not do the job, he musters the courage to shout, "Hoo-oot! I love you-hoo!" Hoot hears and responds. Reunited, they resolve never to be too shy to share their feelings. Soft, rounded animal figures inhabit this forest of equally round, clean trees perched atop a smooth, green hill, overlooked by a prominent, round moon. However, the story's sentiments are forced, and neither of the large-eyed characters is particularly expressive. Why is it so important that they say how they feel to one another? Shouldn't their actions speak for themselves? Stick with duos such as George and Martha, Frog and Toad, or Toot and Puddle whose books weave humor and charm into their plots, and in which the characters' personalities lead them into and out of predicaments that are both funny and familiar to children.
Jane Marino, Scarsdale Public Library, NY
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Book Description Red Fox, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0099408988