Sunday, April 19, 2020

Review - Whoo-Ku Haiku: A Great Horned Owl Story

Whoo-Ku Haiku: A Great Horned Owl Story
by Maria Gianferrari
illustrated by Jonathan Voss
Date: 2020
Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book non-fiction
Pages: 32
Format: e-book
Source: library

Stunning illustrations and gorgeous haikus lead young readers through the dramatic life cycle of one of America's most beloved wild animals.

Pip. Pip. Pip. Poking
A hole. Cracking. Cracking. Out
Pecks the white owlet.

Watch as a pair of great horned owlets peep and squeak in their feathered nest. Mama and Papa hunt for food and fend off predators while the chicks grow strong enough to hop and flap between the branches of their tree, then leap and fly away, ready to explore the wild world around them.

In this thrilling nonfiction picture book, a combination of haiku and dazzling illustration shows readers the fierce majesty of one of North America's most ubiquitous wild animals.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

This picture book follows a family of owls as they make their nest, lay eggs, and raise their family. The text is all done in haiku, which is an interesting choice. The illustrations are lovely, done in detailed watercolours.

There are a couple of pages at the back of the book that offer all sorts of facts about these interesting birds. I'd definitely recommend this one to budding ornithologists, or to anyone who enjoys non-fiction picture books about animals.

Quotable moment:

Premise: 4/5
Meter: n/a
Writing: 3/5
Illustrations: 4/5
Originality: 4/5

Enjoyment: 3/5

Overall: 3.5 out of 5

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