Owls: Our Most Charming Bird

Owls: Our Most Charming Bird

by Matt Sewell

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781607748793
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 09/22/2015
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 237,431
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 5.60(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

MATT SEWELL is an avid ornithologist, regular contributor to the Caught by the River website, and the author of several other illustrated bird books. His work has been exhibited in London, Manchester, New York, Tokyo, and Paris.

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Table of Contents

WOODLAND OWLS
Barn Owl 14
Eurasian Pygmy
Owl 17
Little Owl 19
Tawny Owl 20
Striped Owl 22
Long-Eared Owl 25
Short-Eared Owl 27
Jamaican Owl 28
Collared
Scops Owl 30
Northern
Saw-Whet Owl 33
Barred Owl 35


TROPICAL OWLS
Greater Sooty Owl 39
Oriental Bay Owl 40
Maned Owl 42
Spectacled Owl 45
Long-Whiskered
Owlet 46
Black-and-White
Owl 48
Spotted Wood Owl 51
Buff-Fronted Owl 53
Fearful Owl 54
Crested Owl 56
Brown Fish Owl 59
African Wood Owl 61


WILDERNESS
OWLS
Ural Owl 64
Scops Owl 67
Flammulated Owl 69
Eurasian
Eagle-Owl 70
Blakiston’s
Fish Owl 72
Snowy Owl 75
Hawk Owl 77
Great Gray Owl 78
Boreal Owl 80
Giant Scops Owl 83
Jungle Owlet 85


DESERT OWLS
Northern White-Faced Owl 89
Great Horned Owl 90
Southern
Boobook Owl 92
Spotted Eagle-Owl 95
Verreaux’s
Eagle-Owl 97
Pel’s Fishing Owl 98
Elf Owl 100
Powerful Owl 103
Burrowing Owl 105
Stygian Owl 106
Brown Wood Owl 108
Dusky Eagle-Owl 111
Omani Owl 113

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Owls: Our Most Charming Bird 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Millie_Hennessy More than 1 year ago
This book is SO adorable! I grabbed it because I love owls and the art style caught my eye. I really didn't look at it in the store, other than to confirm each owl had it's own lovely illustration. Reading the descriptions of the owls, I found there's quite a bit of humor! Sewell talks a bit about where each species can be found, or any special traits, but he does so with a good dose of comedy. For example: This description of the Short-Eared Owl - "Caught in the sunny daytime after she has been up all night, with a face like thunder, mid-walk of shame, flying over open ground looking for her pruse, mascara smeared, with a beast of a hangover. Don't get in her way, don't talk to her, just let her do what she's doing so she can get back to bed. She needs her shut-eye." (That last sentence is essentially me.) And he describes the Greater Sooty Owl as a "goth Barn Owl." "African Wood Owl - He's from Africa, and he lives in the woods." If you like owls, little nature fact books and watercolor illustrations, I think you should check out Owls: Our Most Charming Bird!
Millie_Hennessy More than 1 year ago
This book is SO adorable! I grabbed it because I love owls and the art style caught my eye. I really didn't look at it in the store, other than to confirm each owl had it's own lovely illustration. Reading the descriptions of the owls, I found there's quite a bit of humor! Sewell talks a bit about where each species can be found, or any special traits, but he does so with a good dose of comedy. For example: This description of the Short-Eared Owl - "Caught in the sunny daytime after she has been up all night, with a face like thunder, mid-walk of shame, flying over open ground looking for her pruse, mascara smeared, with a beast of a hangover. Don't get in her way, don't talk to her, just let her do what she's doing so she can get back to bed. She needs her shut-eye." (That last sentence is essentially me.) And he describes the Greater Sooty Owl as a "goth Barn Owl." "African Wood Owl - He's from Africa, and he lives in the woods." If you like owls, little nature fact books and watercolor illustrations, I think you should check out Owls: Our Most Charming Bird!
ChatWithVera More than 1 year ago
My thoughts: In Owls Our Most Charming Bird by Matt Sewell there is a charming array of these nocturnal birds of prey. The book is a sort-of spot-on treatise on the individual owls with a bit of tongue-in-cheek humor. The illustrations are quirky and factual. Folks, let’s think “Audubon with a sense of humor.” Frankly, I really like the book and learned quite a bit about these birds both large and small. I had no way of knowing prior to this little book that there was such a variety of these birds. The sizes of owls range from the Eurasian Eagle Owl (Bubo bubo) on page 70 which is huge to the tiniest Elf Owl (Micrathene whitneyi) on page 100. There are some interesting facts about where in the world the owls live, their how the look (size, feathers, eyes, etc.) and how they pursue their prey - they are hunters, you know. As I said earlier, the author and illustrator, Matt Sewell, brings his sense of humor to the book as he deftly illustrates each of these owls bringing them to life with his watercolors. Then he describes them with quirky bits of information that will sometimes tickle your funny bone! Who is this little book for? Well, I can see my grandchildren (preteens and older) enjoying it. I can also see anyone who is a birder enjoying it since it brings the light side of birding to them. I can also see it placed on a coffee table for folks to just sit and read a page or two here and there. If you’re not already an owl lover, you just might get converted. At the back is a “Spotting and Jotting” section where each owl is again pictured with a checkbox; so as you find the owls, you can check them off and maybe even make a short note about the owl. I love it and I recommend it. This will make a great little gift for a birder or anyone who just likes owls. DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from the Blogging for Books program to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own. I was not compensated for this review.
PJtheEMT4 More than 1 year ago
Owls: Our Most Charming Bird by Matt Sewell is a newly published gift book featuring cheerful water colored inspired art of a variety of owls. Organized as a field guide of owl species, each entry depicts a full color illustration of an owl as well as brief, yet lively descriptions of the species. The lively descriptions are perfectly paired with the animated art depicting each owl. Although this is not necessarily a scientific field guide for identifying owls, it is entertaining nonetheless. The minimalist, yet modern design of this book will appeal to owl enthusiasts and owl collectors everywhere. The owl is becoming a popular accessory in fashion, especially as clothing and jewelry are designed in the likeness of the owl. Just about everyone knows someone who loves owls- depicted in kitchenware as well as home decor as well. This pocket sized gift book will be a welcomed gift for an owl lover who is hard to shop for. As a blogger I received a copy of this book published by 10 Speed Press, an imprint of crown publishing, for the purpose of writing this review.