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Hoot (Old Bear and Friends)

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  81 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Who-o-o's that in the nursery?It's Hoot, a welcome addition to Jane Hissey's charming stuffed menagerie. When Little Bear is frightened by a strange noise, he and the other animals get up to investigate. What they find is a new nocturnal friend--the shining star of this delightful new picture book about a small stuffed owl in need of a rest! ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 11th 1997 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published 1996)
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A thump in the night, followed by a Whooo noise, makes the toys realise that there is something else in the room. On top of the wardrobe Hoot had been living, in his nest of woolly socks, but now the nest had fallen to the floor, broken. The toys invite Hoot for a midnight snack, wondering why they had never seen him before. Hoot explained that he was an owl and that they only come out at night. Looking at Hoot's broken nest they realise that it is made of all the odd socks that they had lost. L ...more
Hoot by Jane Hissey is a cute story about stuffed animals meeting a new friend.
C Wharton
Sep 24, 2015 C Wharton rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to C by: Given to me by Auntie Rachel and CC
Sweet little story.
fantasy, impressionist


Beautifully illustrated: calm, a little fuzzy, and snuggly. The story, of Hoot, who lives on top of the cupboard but only wakes up at night, is mildly charming. Little Bear and the rest are at first alarmed by her mysterious sounds, but they eventually become friends. The idea of toys having their own lives at night is always pleasant. The illustrations are equally if not more important than the text. A good story for bedtime.
Adorable! Stuffed animals learn what it means to be nocturnal when owls secret nest falls from the top of the tall dresser.
I'm doing a storytime on owls for 3-5 yr olds and the children's librarians at my local library found this one for me. It is so adorable! It's about a group of stuffed animals who hear a strange noise in the night and Little Bear discovers a new and helpful friend named Hoot (a fluffy stuffed owl with a little blue apron). I love how the stuffed animals discover how to do shadow puppets!
I picked up this book not realizing it isn't really for a 2 year old. It looks like a lovely story and I read parts of it but it didn't have enought to hold my daughter's interest. Recommend for 3 perhaps 4 year olds.
Kate B
A charming addition to the Old Bear books. Loved how the owl made a nest - it explains a lot.
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Recognized in both publishing and TV, Jane Hissey is best known for her children’s book series Old Bear & Friends. First published in 1986, it later became the inspiration for BAFTA award winning TV series Old Bear Stories.

As a child growing up in Norfolk, Jane developed a love for writing and drawing. Her holidays were spent wandering fields and lanes, conjuring up fantastical worlds with pen

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Other Books in the Series

Old Bear and Friends (1 - 10 of 17 books)
  • Little Bear's Trousers
  • Old Bear
  • Little Bear Lost
  • Jolly Tall
  • Jolly Snow (Red Fox Picture Books)
  • Little Bear's Bedtime (Old Bear)
  • Little Bear's Day
  • Ruff
  • Little Bear's Dragon and Other Stories
  • Little Bear's Alphabet
Old Bear Little Bear's Trousers Little Bear Lost Jolly Tall Old Bear's Surprise Painting

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