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From a debut author-illustrator! What if a little owl fell from his nest? A reassuring story for the very young told with whimsy and simple, vibrant artwork.

Uh-oh! Little Owl has fallen from his nest and landed with a whump on the ground. Now he is lost, and his mommy is nowhere to be seen! With the earnest help of his new friend Squirrel, Little Owl goes in search of anim
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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 10th 2010 by Candlewick Press
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David
I dislike children generally. And more pointedly I dislike the schlumpy mothers hobbling around grocery stores with their large, mewling broods in tow -- nosepicking, running, and squawking Helen Kellerly at the brightly packaged merchandise on the shelves. Meanwhile, the matriarch -- either oblivious or basking in a mistaken sense of entitlement -- deliberately allows her miniature Axis of Evil to annex most of the frozen food aisle and deprive the mercifully childless of any chance at a peacef ...more
Kevin Doyle
I grabbed this picture book during the same library visit when I checked out " Stuck" by Oliver Jeffers. My kids and I were SO excited for "Stuck" that I figured the others would pale in comparison. However, "Little Owl Lost" quickly became the star of the batch.

This book has all the elements of an outstanding picture book:

Super-simple writing that's executed perfectly. I particularly love how sure the squirrel is that he can help. Upon hearing about the owl's predicament, squirrel says "Yes, y
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Becki
This was so cute.

It even made a sick four year old smile after a hissy fit. So you must know that it is a keeper.

Also the ending had me grinning from ear to ear.

Laura O Driscoll
‘Little Owl Lost’ by Chris Haughton is a must-read for all young children. If the gorgeous illustrations aren't enough to draw you in, this sweet story about a little owl who falls from his perch will certainly make you smile. When the little owl falls from his nest, he realizes he has lost his mummy. With the earnest assistance of his new friend Squirrel, he sets off in search of her, meeting lots of other animals along the way. Yet, while one might have his mummy’s bit eyes, and another her po ...more
Galleane
J'ai dû passer devant cet album très souvent avant d'arriver à l'ouvrir. Je n'avais pas encore basculé du côté du bien avec ce genre d'ouvrage. Et puis un jour, je l'ouvre et je me surprends à rigoler de l'aventure qui arrive à ce petit hibou.

Notre bébé hibou après s'être endormi, tombe de son nid et se retrouve totalement perdu. Un écureuil va l'aider à retrouver son chez lui et surtout sa maman. En jouant sur les descriptions données par Bébé Hibou à l'écureuil, ce qui aurait pu être facile ne
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Danica Midlil
I liked the cute story. Helpful squirrel, much more practical and helpful frog, vaguely uncautious mother.
The colors of the illustrations are right out of the '70s. The cover is the color of vomit so very popular in that decade. I'm also not a huge fan of the digitally rendered illustrations. The illustrator manages to create characters with a lot of depth and personality but the crappy quality of the digital pictures is distracting from the story. Another medium would have been better, I think
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Shawn Thrasher
You should give a hoot about this one. Although you may have heard a similar story before (read: My Mother is the Most Beautiful Woman in the World), this is a nice update. It's a humorous parable, and you can take the discussion with whoever you are reading this with or to as far as you want. I love the modern retro illustrations. This book could be equally at home on the shelves of the children's section of the public library down the street from Mad Men or in the private literary stock of a h ...more
Jackie
Oh my....the kids loved this one at storytime! They made me read it over again!
Little Owl falls off the roost...oops! uh oh! He needs help finding his mother. All his animals friends want to help, but little owl's description of his mother makes for some hilarious results!


Used for Dream Big:READ! Owls storytime: June, 2012.




Tdavis
Mar 02, 2011 Tdavis rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Preschool - 1st Grade
Cute folksy artwork! The story tells the simple tale of an owl who tries to find his mother by describing her features to a helpful squirrel—hilarity ensues. Great read-a-loud and dialogic reading (asking open ended questions).

Early Literacy Skills:

Narrative Skills
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Libby
We LOVED this one. I had to read it over and over, and I didn't even mind too much--and eventually the kids memorized it and read it over and over themselves.

Little Owl falls out of his nest, and a squirrel enthusiastically tries to help Little Owl find his mother, based on the owlet's descriptions of his mother. Squirrel's enthusiasm outweighs his competence, and he finds several other animals, but no Mother Owl. Luckily, the Frog that Squirrel finds when Little Owl mentions that his mother has
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Nicole
In short: Cute.

A bit like P.D. Eastman's Are You My Mother? for a new generation.

Issues that make no bearing on a child's enjoyment of the book and that you only notice as an adult (who happens to be a designer/illustrator):
I think the "future/digital"-ish typeface is meant to be fresh and appealing to a 'technorati' generation but I found it a bit jarring. It also could have carried on a liiiittle bit longer as it ends slightly abruptly. But this is probably great for kids with particularly sho
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Leyoh
Not from my reading list, my nieces (no, honestly. The pictures are fabulously kooky. Its a sweet sweet story about a baby waiting for it's mom to find it after falling out of the nest. We love it. Even after the 65th time.
Bambini Travel
Not only did we love this book, but I am thrilled to have found a new author to adore in Chris Haughton. LITTLE OWL is the story of an adorable little owl that falls out his tree and cannot find his mom. Fortunately, a friendly squirrel is nearby and offers to help. What follows is a comical quest in which squirrel takes the tidbits that owl offers (my mom is big) and attempts to help find mom (bear?) to little owl and the audience's dismay. Not to worry, Little Owl eventually finds his mom and ...more
Cruth
Author/Illustrator: Chris Haughton
First Published: 2010

Simple illustrations which address that age old childhood fear - what to do when you are lost?

Sweet and simple but it has that IT factor.



Beautifully rendered. Beautifully written.

References:
Author's Website: http://chrishaughton.com
Making of "A Bit Lost": http://chrishaughton.com/a-bit-lost-t...

Age:
Read aloud - 3+
Read yourself - 6+

(ISBN 9781406327465)

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Drew Graham
When a little owl falls out of his nest, he's afraid he'll never find his mommy. He'll have to enlist the aid of helpful forest creatures to help him find his way home.

This was a charming and colorful take on the help-me-find-my-mommy story. The art is modern but feels classic, and the characters are fun and pretty funny. There's humor and heart, even in such a simple and short story, and it even humorously points out the importance of details when you're trying to figure things out. And, of cou
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Joostw
De spanning, de sensatie.... Geweldig boek!!! Zo wil ik elke avond wel worden voorgelezen!
Phoebe
"My mommy has big eyes like THIS!"

I like owls even more than I did before after reading this :D
Tara
CUTE!!! Perfect for storytime and I want a t-shirt with the owl on it.
Andrea
I LOVE this book! I'm going to go buy it for Allison! :)
Stephanie Croaning
This is a sweet story, reminiscent of ARE YOU MY MOTHER? and IS YOUR MAMA A LLAMA? Little Owl gets separated from his Mama and a friendly squirrel and frog help him look for her. As he describes some of her individual features, the characters jump to the wrong conclusions about who is his Mama. The ending is sweet and funny. The simple illustrations are the perfect tone for the story, and I love how you can sense the animals hidden in the forrest. Very enjoyable, and I can see this as a great re ...more
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Poor Little Owl fell out of his nest while sleeping. A squirrel sees him bounce along the forest floor and stops to check on him. Little Owl says that he's lost and asks where his mommy is. Filled with the best intentions the squirrel confidently states that he can find Little Owl's mommy, he simply needs to know what she looks like.

The super adorable owl holds his wings as far apart as possible and declares his mother "VERY BIG. Like THIS!" Clever squirrel knows
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Amber
What happens when a little owl falls out of its momma’s nest? He has an adventure of course! Scared and worried, he asks the first animal he sees, a squirrel, to help him find his mom.

The pages where little owl falls from the perch are really cute. On one page, he is teetering off the edge, fast asleep, and then there is a half page that when turned, lines up with the previous page. I thought that added something special to the book.

After falling, little owl runs into Squirrel who aids him on hi
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Ina
My story time audience chimed in with Uh-oh and was very engaged in the story of an owlet who goes searching for his mother after falling out of his nest. A helpful squirrel has Little Owl describe his mom and then helps in the search - Owlet's partial descriptions lead to some very funny situations. The simple comforting text combines well with the brightly colored illustrations and was very pleasing to my story time audience.
Rebecca Oblein
“ A Bit Lost” is a children’s book aimed towards EYFS and key stage one. The story follows a baby owl who falls out of his nest and can’t find his mum. The little owl then comes across a squirrel that befriends him and tries to help little owl find his mother. Little owl tries to describe his mother by giving certain characteristics such as “big eyes like mine” but squirrel keeps finding other animals with these characteristics but who are not little owls mother. The book is a great read and has ...more
Atziri
Chris Haughton's "Little Owl Lost" is his first picture book. He is an Irish illustrator and designer who now lives in London and designs for Fair Trade and People Tree. I thought he did a nice job with this story. The little owl fell off his nest and he goes off looking for her. He befriends a squirrel who brings him several animals from the forest who he things are his mom. One of these animals has pointy ears (like a bunny) or prominent eyes (like a frog), but none of them have all the featur ...more
Jennifer
I was lucky enough to see this book before it was even finished while doing an internship with Walker Books last year and I fell in love with it instantly. When I came home raving about it of course no one knew what I was talking about because it wasn’t out yet. Over a year on and it has won many awards including The Eilis Dillion award and The Bisto Children’s Book of the Year Award. Chris Haughton really hit the ground running with his first picture book and after having a sneak peak at the ne ...more
Cidney Mayes
Another one of those tear-jerker picture books. Why do they always make me cry with how cute they are? I think I must have a thing for little lost animals. Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers does the same thing to me. Anyway, this book will be used for our Forest Animal storytime - since it features quite a few! I can't tell if I like the art or not, which is why it gets a 4/5 for me.
Meg McGregor
A wonderful book to read at bed time or nap time!

Little Owl falls from his warm nest and goes looking for his Mother.

A little squirrel tries to help him find her. But he keeps leading Little Owl to the wrong Mommy.

Striking illustrations add to the fun of this little story.
Erin
Little Owl Lost is about a baby owl that falls out of his nest one day, upon landing he meets a kind Squirrel that asks “Are you OK?” Squirrel immediately offers to help find Little Owl’s mommy, so Little Owl describes Mommy Owl’s features from her size, to her pointy ears, to her big eyes. Unfortunately, Squirrel keeps finding other forest animals that match Little Owl’s descriptions but not Little Owl’s mommy. This is a sweet and cute story, illustrated in vibrant saturated hues, with adorable ...more
Shelli
Little Owl Lost is a sweet simple yet beautifully illustrated board book for young readers and listeners. The narrative reminds me of P.D. Eastman's Are You My Mother?, only with good Samaritans assisting the lost owlet.
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Chris Haughton is an Irish illustrator and author living in London. He was listed in Time magazine's 'DESIGN 100' for the work he has been doing forfair trade clothing companyPeople Tree. His debut book 'A Bit Lost' was first published in English in September 2010. It has been translated into 15 languages and won 9 awards in 7 countries including the Dutch Picturebook of the Year.
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