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Little Hoot (Little Books)

4.11  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,271 Ratings  ·  277 Reviews

It's not fair! All Little Owl wants is to go to bed at a reasonable hour, like his friends do. But no . . . Mama and Papa say little owls have to stay up late and play. So Little Owl spends all night jumping on his bed, playing on the jungle gym, and doing tricks on his skateboard but he's hooting mad about it ! Children who have a hard time going to bed will love this fun

ebook, 32 pages
Published December 1st 2007 by Chronicle Books LLC
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Jan 10, 2008 Betsy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Here's how a normal day is for Little Hoot. Like most owls he goes to school, plays with his friends, and practices his pondering and staring. That's fine. He's fond of all of that. What he doesn't like, however, is bedtime. Every night Little Hoot wants to go to bed at a reasonable hour like his other non-owl friends, and every night it's the same story. "If you want to grow up to be a wise owl, you must stay up late." On this particular night Little Hoot begs to go to bed but his mom lets him ...more
Laura G
Jan 28, 2016 Laura G rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book after Little Oink and liked it even more than that one! (On to Little Pea next!) Rosenthal weaves owl words (all kinds of who-ing, give a hoot, etc) and behaviors (staring, staying up late) into the story in a very understated way. There is a lot to unpack in the illustrations, and just enough complex vocabulary (e.g. ponder) introduced to make it palatable and digestible. Similar to the other books in the series, the twist is that Little Hoot begs to be allowed to go to bed, bu ...more
Mary Gael
Aliyah Inge-hanif
Little Hoot by Amy Krouse Rosenthal is a picture book for ages three and up. This story is about an owl that wants to go to bed early like his other friends, who are not owls. His parents make him stay up late because he is an owl.

This is a very interesting twist on bedtime. I think it would be a wonderful book to open discussion on bedtime or naptime schedules. The book does have a few puns and slight humor. I don’t think either was very fun but they were not “bad” jokes. This story can also b
Nov 29, 2009 Courtney added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Pre K, Kinder teachers
Clever example of reverse psychology as a storyline. This book would be great for pre K-1st grade. Little Hoot is an owl that does not want to stay up late like most owls. His parents make him because that is what little owls must do. The illustrations are adorable with crisp design. I wish I could illustrate like this author. Children will fall in love with the little Hoot and the story is a great discussion starter about nighttime rountines
Jul 19, 2009 Kathryn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So cute! And a "hoot" indeed! I love the clever "reversal" in this story--Little Hoot WANTS to go to bed early, the same as all his friends--it is so boring and frustrating to have to stay up late and keep on playing! Just as in "Little Pea" Rosenthal turns a child's typical "argument" upside-down and her protagonist argues for the thing the children usually argue against. Delightful illustrations, too.
This is hilarious. Little Hoot just *has* to stay up late, because he is an owl, and his parents are so mean. He just wants to go to bed!! I didn't realize there was a whole series from Rosenthal and Corace after Little Pea with these similar twists. Simple and fun.
Apr 12, 2011 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: kids, parents, teachers.
Shelves: favorites, kids-bks
I picked this up while reshelving in the childrens room of our library, and I just fell in love. I mean, of all those years, how many of us wanted to stay up late? This litte guy just wants to sleep--stands against the crowd. He's my hero!
I love this book so much I want to have it's little book babies. Little Hoot would like to go to bed at a reasonable hour, but his parents say that good little owls MUST stay up late and play. The pictures are just scrumptious and adorable!
Margaret Welwood
Oct 15, 2014 Margaret Welwood rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Why do I always have to stay up and play?” complains Little Hoot. “All my other friends get to go to bed so much earlier than me!”

Yes, you read that right. Little Hoot envies his early retiring friends. And he determines that when he grows up, his kids will go to bed as early as they want.

The kindergartners had fun helping me with this story. They practiced Little Hoot’s work (pondering and staring), and loved the irony of this little creature begging to go to bed early.

At eight years old, my g
Feb 05, 2016 Natalie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story is about a little owl named Little Hoot. He enjoys school, playing with his friends, and even practicing his pondering and staring. He is a very happy owl. However, one thing he does not like is bedtime. Although, it is not the typical reason for having to go to bed. He has to stay up later, as he is an owl, when he really wants to go to bed early like his friends. I must admit I got a laugh out of this. I thought it was a super cute story and liked the side comments in the illustrati ...more
Nov 16, 2009 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This cute book illustrates an adorable view of the opposite sense. Its a great opposite story and an even better bedtime story for little hoots...:)
Littlest Bookshelf
Little Hoot, published by Chronicle Books, is the story of Little Owl and what happens when bedtime comes. He just wants to go to sleep at a reasonable hour like all of his friends but his Mama and Papa won't let him because he's an owl! So the story follows his parents efforts to keep Little Owl playing for just a little longer.

Amy Rosenthal has done an amazing job of creating these characters through their interactions with one another. Papa and Mama Owl talk to Little Owl in a way that mirror
Mar 01, 2009 Imogen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the prettiest book about an owl I have ever seen.
May 29, 2009 Caleb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Cut and pasted from my comics blog...

This book was clearly designed as a sequel of sorts to Little Pea, as the same creators tell the story of another Little that starts identically, has a similar sort of conflict, also makes bad puns, and some of the exact same beats (the fig. 1-3 part at the end of each, which you’ll notice if you read them).

This one works much better, I think, because while Little Pea’s anthropomorphizing was haphazard (some foods are anthropomorphic, some aren’t; the starri
Jessie Bear
In an ironic twist on the classic bedtime procrastination story, Little Hoot is forced to stay up and play by his night owl parents. This tongue-in-cheek picture book combines darling illustrations with the humor of an unexpected point of view. Word play and puns also feature in this story, some more subtle than others for different reading and listening audiences. The illustrations are done in ink and watercolor with a predominance of curved lines and shapes. Characters and props are depicted, ...more
Aug 26, 2014 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Little Hoot, a young owl, has a wonderful life. He loves his school, his friends, and he even loves to stare (just like any good owl should!). But what Little Hoot wants more than anything else is just to go to bed early like all of his friends. However, being an owl just doesn’t allow for such luxuries. This book is full of adorable illustrations and a very fun story. It would be a very good book for those stubborn sleepers who might enjoy seeing Little Hoot beg for bed instead of play.
Destiny Dawn Long
My daughter has a fondness for owls, so I was delighted to find this title at the library. I wasn't sure what the story would be like, but I was immediately drawn to the illustrations. The pen and ink pictures are simultaneously adorable and clever. They create a real sense of character.

And there is a story to match. Little owl likes pretty much everything--he likes school, playing with friends, and practicing important owl skills (like pondering and staring). But he does not like bedtime. His
Apr 27, 2014 Darlene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely darling book about bedtime

Absolutely darling book about bedtime

I read the kindle version and the illustrations were a little difficult to see. I loved this book about a little owls bedtime. It is truly delightful and I hope to find a hardcover copy shortly to add to my children's books collection.
Jan 01, 2014 Rachel rated it really liked it
This is an adorable children's book with delightful illustrations.
Often parents have trouble getting their children to bed and meet all sorts of complaints and compromises for a peaceful life - well the owls in this book have similar issues only with the opposite. Little Hoot doesn't want to stay up late like other owls.
It is such a sweet story and is so short. I wish there was more but it does get the point across. It doesn't preach exactly, as Hoot learns nothing in the story, but I suppose
I thought the author did a good job of creating a foil for the readers. Often times kids argue with their parents about what time they can go to sleep using the same exact arguments little hoot uses with his parents- just implementing them in the opposite way. I think this creates a character that the kids can empathize with easily, but still laugh at the situation because of how it is completely different from their own. It also introduces to a young mind the idea of diversity and how not every ...more
Aubrie Mcneal
Feb 22, 2014 Aubrie Mcneal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lcrt-5795
This is a great book to read with children. The story is about a little owl who wants to go to bed early but his parents make him stay up late. The book is very funny and very relatable to children. I would use this book as a compare contrast with Little Pea.
Megan Willis
Mar 29, 2013 Megan Willis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: life-lessons, block-2
Little Hoot by Amy Krouse Rosenthal is a book that elementary school children will appreciate. Kids always beg their parents to let them stay up just a little later, just until this show is over, just until this chapter is finished...and most of the time (at least in my personal experience)parents are not sympathetic to their children's pleas. Little hoot is a baby owl who wants a reasonable bedtime more than anything. However, his parents make him stay up late because he is a night owl, and tha ...more
Jessalyn King
Jul 12, 2014 Jessalyn King rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hahha! Adorable take on bedtime. Also, I love the things he has to learn. "Practice staring left." Super cute illustrations, wonderful sync between words and pictures. Really great story.
Oct 05, 2015 Aidyle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not what I expected. It's not as brilliant as "Duck! Rabbit!", hence my 4-star rating. I was looking for books on 'anger or feeling mad/angry' and this came up on my search.
Jul 04, 2014 Feagizoku rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Parents of toddlers
This is a Wonderful book, It follows little hoot who just want to go to sleep early like his friends.
It is sweet and funny with clear and elegant Pictures
Sep 20, 2013 Shelli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amy Krouse Rosenthal is now one of my favorite children's picture book authors. I absolutely adored Little Pea, Little Oink, and Little Hoot; three fantastic books that use reverse phycology to attempt making eating veggies, cleaning your room, and going to bed early sound like the coolest things a kid can hope for. Will it help even a single child rethink the awesomeness of the above mentioned??? Probably not. BUT they will LOVE to read and re-read these funny stories, and I would much rather h ...more
Joey Hoggard
Dec 11, 2014 Joey Hoggard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great short bedtime story

I liked the twist on who wants to go to bed. Pictures are small, but makes for a quick read.
Dorathea Maynard
Here's a twist on the bedtime routine. Other animals get to go to bed early, but Little Hoot has to stay up late. Cute and easy read.
Dena (Batch of Books)
This review is also on my blog: Books for Kids

Little Hoot is a charming story that plays on the usual childhood complaint of having to go to bed early. Little Owl wants to go to sleep, but his parents insist on him staying awake all night like a proper owl. My children loved this book because it is the exact opposite of their bedtime complaints.

The illustrations are simple, adorable, and beautifully designed. From the use of white space to the gentle colors used, Jen Corace creates a sweet and c
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Amy Krouse Rosenthal is a person who likes to make things.
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Children's books. (Little Pea, Spoon, DuckRabbit)
Grown-up books. (Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life)
Short films. (The Beckoning of Lovely, The Money Tree)
Guided journals. (The Belly Book)
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