Wednesday 18 April 2012

109. Owl Know How by Cat Rabbit illustrated by Isobel Knowles

Owl Know How by Cat Rabbit and Isobel Knowles
Published April 2012 Thames and Hudson

From the publisher:

Owl Know How is about solving problems, big problems that can only be solved by owls Enter the magical world of Cloud Town and meet Cornelia Rabbit and her bestfriend Orvi. With help from their friends they save the town from falling into the treetops by working together and using ‘owl know how’.

Before you even open this book, you know you are going to be in for a treat, not only is the cover gorgeous, the book 'feels' lovely too, like the old fabric covered hardbacks.  Then when you open it up, the endpapers are also stunning, only three colours of paper collage of trees and owls.  There is also a pattern in the back of the book, so you can create your own owl.

Here's a pic of the endpapers (and  the pattern):

So, what about the actual story? Well that's lovely too.  Welcome to Cloud Town, where Cornelia Rabbit lives with her friends.  Cornelia like owls. She even make owls, that fly around on their own.  When Corneila has to come up with a plan to lift the clouds above the treetops, it's her owls that save the day, but not without the help of all of her friends.  It's a sweet story about having a problem, and how working together can be the best way to solve the problem.

The art work is stunning, it's all photography of the beautiful scenes created by Cat Rabbit and Isobel Knowles ( who, as someone pointed out to me, even has 'owl' in her name). 

Here is a link to their website where you can find out more about how this beautiful book came into being.  You can even buy owls!

Who will like this book: Boys and Girls  age 4+
Read it if you like: beautiful quirky picture books

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