Owls Ready? Owls Steady? Owls Go!
By Cat Rabbit & Isobel Knowles
Gibbs Smith, $17.99, 32 pages
Would it surprise you to learn that owls are very smart when it comes to solving problems? In the animal world, this is known as “owl know-how.” Authors and artists Cat Rabbit and Isobel Knowles have even written a book about it! In Owl Know How, readers meet Cornelia Rabbit and her best friend Orvi, residents of the magical world of Cloud Town. Cornelia loves crafting owls out of all types of materials, and her creations can actually fly! One day Cloud Town begins sinking into the trees. With Cornelia’s “owl know-how” and friends working together to find a solution to a big problem, can Cloud Town be saved?
The illustrations in this clever picture book are made entirely of felt, cardboard and other recycled materials. The photographs present a tiny town filled with handmade plush characters, buildings, foliage and more. Kids will find inspiration on each page and will surely be tempted to make their own recycled cardboard cities. Included in the back of the book is an envelope containing one of Cornelia’s owl patterns so readers can craft their very own owl! In addition to being one crafty children’s story, this book will impress anyone with an interest in paper cutting, soft sculpture, various needlecrafts, design, photography and, of course, owls.
Reviewed by Elizabeth Franklin