Whobert Whover, Owl Detective
by Jason Gallaher, illustrated by Jess Pauwels
Margaret K. Elderberry Books, 2017
A hilarious book where the words tell one story, while the graphics tell another!
Whobert Whover (so clever, for the adults) is on the case when he discovers possum lying awfully still. He looks for clues. He finds a feather and concludes Debbie the bird killed Possom. Debbie tries to explain to Whobert, who did it, but Whobert Whover doesn’t exactly listen and looks for more clues. A rollicking walk through the forest, where Whobert so busy he doesn’t even notice that Possom is up and running away. Everyone, including the young readers, knows who done it—except Whobert! The ending doubles readers over in laughter.
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Otto the Owl Who Loved Poetry
by Vern Kousky
Nancy Paulsen Books, 2015
Otto the Owl simply loves poetry, but it makes him stand out and different from everyone else and others soon take to calling him names. He doesn’t understand the teasing, for “What could possibly be wrong with poetry?” But so sensitive to their taunts, he decides to run away.
After quoting poetry of others, he is inspired to speak his own poetry and, alone, directs his attention on the moon. When done, he is surprised to see others looking up at him, entranced by his words. He decides poetry is to be shared, and confidently shares his poems. Soon “the forest comes alive with the glorious sounds of poetry.”
Author Vern Kousky introduces young readers to the joy of being different and to great poets by sprinkling brief quotes from poems by Robert Louis Stevenson, Emily Dickinson, T.S. Eliot, Joyce Kilmer and Chrisina Rossetti.
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