Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 4
Genre: Picture Books
What did you like about the book? This is a sweet story about a little Owl named Ollie who feels displaced when Grandma introduces him to his new owlet cousin, Lily. Ollie is used to having all of Grandma’s attention, so he is not happy to share with Lily. He also doesn’t like it when Grandma calls Lily her little honeybun: “Honeybun? thought Ollie. But I’M Grandma’s little honeybun!” He discovers that Lily is too little to play the games that he wants to play and that she is too little to be left on her own. When Ollie finally breaks down in tears Grandma is there to wrap him in her wings and reassure him. “‘Let me tell you something amazing,…When a new baby comes along, a Grandma grows new love! Lily hasn’t taken away any of my love for you.’” The story ends with Ollie and Lily taking a bath and splashing Grandma together. The illustrations are full of soft evening hues of blue,violet, brown and green and the owls are full of expression and soft feathery textures. This is a perfect story for a child dealing with a new sibling or cousin. A perfect bedtime read aloud.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? This is a perfect book to give to any child worried about a new sibling or other family member.
Who should buy this book? Public libraries and elementary and pre-school libraries
Where would you shelve it? Picture books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA
Date of review: 1/28/17