KIRKUS REVIEWS, STARRED REVIEW
Another captivating, crowd-pleasing twist on a familiar domestic issue....a hoot and a half.
SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL/A FUSE #8 PRODUCTION BLOG, REVIEW OF THE
I have seen effective bedtime tales in my day, but few are such perfect little packages as 'Little Hoot'....It is funny. It is memorable. I say we have a winner.
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, STARRED REVIEW
This outing is not to be missed.
WRITING AND RUMINATING BLOG
You simply must read this book. MUST, do you hear me?
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
Amy Krouse Rosenthal neatly appeal[s] to the sensibilities both of bedtime rebels and of their law-giving parents.
THE BULLETIN OF THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN'S BOOKS
Kids who fight the seductive charms of straightforward bedtime books may find this reversal of the usually persuasions too funny-and convincing-to resist.
Little Hoot is a hero any parent could love
SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
This fun reversal of traditional bedtime woes is sure to be enjoyed by many children.
Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Jen Corace's Little Hoot shares the general roots…of the Olivia and Madeline books, by drawing nutrients from the rich realities of raising those little tyrants known as children.
The Washington Post
Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Jen Corace strike a beautiful balance between story and art in Little Pea…Rosenthal's text never gets too cuteO.K., maybe "they lived hap-pea-ly ever after" is pushing itand Corace's illustrations similarly provide bounce and verve without rolling their way into treacle. The sequel, Little Hoot, is just the kind of follow-up one wants. The same thing only different, it gives us a family of owls whose baby does not want to stay up late. Corace's illustrations are more daring, throwing a wider color spectrum into the mix and showing a slight anime influence. The book feels familiar right away without losing its sense of surprisesuch a pleasure to read that even "they owl lived happily ever after" can be forgiven. More!
The New York Times
The team that pertly turned the eat-your-vegetables dilemma upside-down with Little Peaagain puts reverse psychology to work, this time for the sake of bedtime. Like his legume counterpart, Little Owl has a great life-except for one thing: "All my other friends get to go to bed so much earlier than me! Why do I always have to stay up and play? It's not fair!" This follow-up lacks the full-strength visual quirkiness of Little Pea: the peas' stripped-down roundedness (they were essentially a family of heads) made everything they did even funnier. The considerably more anthropomorphized owl family, on the other hand, feels recognizable, which blunts the comic impact of their bizarro worldview. Even so, this outing is not to be missed. Rosenthal and Krouse plant little gags throughout-when Little Hoot is seen at school, the lesson on the chalkboard reads "who/ whom/ whose"-and they sustain the joke with such twisted-logic gems as this one from Papa Owl: "I don't give a hoot what time your friends go to bed. In this family, we stay up late." Ages 3-up. (Mar.)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
PreS-Gr 2- Rosenthal successfully continues her twisted take on traditional childhood dilemmas that she began in Little Pea (Chronicle, 2005). Little Hoot is a happy owl except at bedtime. All of his woodland friends get to go to bed early, but he does not. "Why do I always have to stay up and play? It's not fair!" Little Hoot tries to convince his parents to let him retire early, only to be forced to play for one more hour. According to his father, he must stay up late if he wants to grow up to be a wise owl. His mother tells him, "Ten more minutes of playing, Mister. And please don't ask me again." Little Hoot flies straight to bed ignoring his parents' offers of bedtime stories and glasses of water. Detailed ink and watercolor illustrations are uncluttered and placed on plenty of white space. Text and art convey parental love, filial annoyance, and everything in between. This fun reversal of traditional bedtime woes is sure to be enjoyed by many children.-Catherine Callegari, formerly at Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH
Another captivating, crowd-pleasing twist on a familiar domestic issue from the creators of Little Pea (2005). Little Hoot likes school, and doesn't mind practicing pondering and staring like a good owl-but hates, hates, hates having to stay up late. All of his friends go to bed early, so why can't he? "Rules of the roost," says Papa Owl. "Stay up and play for one more hour and then you can go to sleep," says Mama Owl. "When I grow up, I'm going to let my kids go to bed as early as they want," grumbles Little Hoot, slouching off for another hour's fort-building, skateboarding and bed-jumping. Corace puts her big-headed birds in human dress and surrounds them, along with the occasional leaf-decorated bed or chair, with plenty of white space. Even very young children will respond to the outsized outrage that Little Hoot expresses in every simply drawn line and-when the long hour is up at last-the joyous release with which he bounds into bed without even waiting for a bedtime story. Parents too will find this droll switcheroo a hoot and a half. (Picture book. 4-6)