Reviews for Wow! Said the Owl
Booklist Reviews 2009 October #2
Usually nocturnal, one little owl naps at night so she can see what the day is like. Awakening to a warm, pink sky, she exclaims, "Wow!" She says it again and again as the sun shines through the morning mist and she sees all sorts of wonderful things. The background color of each page of text echoes the vibrant, splashy images of what the owl sees--white fluffy clouds across the bright-blue sky, green leaves, red butterflies, orange flowers, gray skies, and, you guessed it, a rainbow arching over a two-page spread. Little Owl stays awake all night, too, like owls are supposed to do, appreciating the sparkly stars. With a satisfying night-to-day-to-night cycle, the book not only reinforces the concepts of colors but also provides a sense of security of the way things are supposed to be in the world. The repeated refrain of "Wow!" throughout the book will elicit a chorus among young listeners at storytime. Copyright 2009 Booklist Reviews.
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2010 Spring
After napping one night, a little owl wakes up to the colorful daytime world, greeting each new sight (yellow sun, green leaves, a rainbow) with "WOW!" Hopgood tells his tale with just enough embellishment to flesh out each sentence without distracting from the story's simplicity. He uses drawing, painting, and computer manipulation to create pictures with vivid colors but delicate lines and textures. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.
Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2009 #5
When a little owl naps one night, she wakes up to the colorful daytime world, greeting each new sight with a "WOW!" She sees the pink sky at daybreak, the yellow sun, the green leaves, and the red butterflies visiting orange flowers. She even witnesses the gray of a storm and the subsequent rainbow before night falls again and she decides "the nighttime stars are the most beautiful of all." Hopgood tells his tale with just enough embellishment to flesh out each sentence without distracting from the story's simplicity; the book's excitement is in the multimedia illustrations. Hopgood uses drawing, painting, and computer manipulation to create pictures with vivid colors but delicate lines and textures. A final page featuring a color wheel matches all the colors (ranging from white to indigo) to their names and invites children to go back and locate them all in the story. This sweet, wonder-filled picture book will make a good addition to toddler storytime and a perfect bedtime read, too. Copyright 2009 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.
Kirkus Reviews 2009 August #2
A curious owl stays awake all day long and is astounded at all the colors she sees. Day dawns to a pink sky, fading to bright blue with fluffy white clouds and a yellow sun. The owl notices that the leaves on her tree are green and sees red butterflies land on orange flowers. Gray clouds bring showers, but the sun and rain together produce the most wondrous colors of all--a rainbow. When the day fades into night, the curious little owl remarks about all the beautiful colors there are in the daytime, but still she thinks the nighttime stars are the most wonderful of all. Hopgood's graphic-design background is evident in his illustrations, which are a mixture of color and texture, painting and drawing, all brought together digitally. The simple text suits this likable story to toddlers and early preschoolers. A solid concept book, but probably without the staying power or punch of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? or Freight Train. (Picture book. 2-5) Copyright Kirkus 2009 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.
School Library Journal Reviews 2009 September
PreS-Gr 1--One day, while the other owls sleep, a little owl stays awake and is introduced to an exciting world of color. Wide spreads depict the pink dawn, yellow sun, blue sky, green leaves, gray clouds, and a colorful rainbow. The little owl is wowed by the effect of each new color, but when the sun sets, she decides that the nighttime stars are the most beautiful of all. Collage-style illustrations done in simple, bright shapes show little owl in her tree while the changing colors and perspectives keep each page turn "WOW!"-worthy. The last page includes a color wheel inviting readers to go back through the book and find the hues again. Straightforward and flowing, this title makes a satisfying introduction to the colors of the day.--Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA [Page 125]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.