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A Bit Lost

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  1,610 ratings  ·  211 reviews
Little Owl must be more careful when he is sleeping - uh-oh! He has fallen from his nest, & with a bump he lands on the ground. Where is his mummy? With the earnest assistance of his new friend Squirrel, Little Owl sets off in search of her, & meets a sequence of other animals.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 6th 2010 by Walker & Company (first published August 10th 2010)
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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
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
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
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
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
The tragic tale of a good-hearted squirrel who lacks the skills to survive in the wild. Unable to tell the difference between a bear, a rabbit, a frog, and an owl, our hero's lack of discernment proves fatal when he cheerfully accepts an owl's invitation into her nest for "cookies." The final details of the squirrel's inevitable demise are, in a bold yet necessary move, left to the imagination of the reader.

"Uh oh," indeed.
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.

Mar 02, 2011 Tdavis rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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).

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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
This probably falls more on a 2.5 than a 3 for me. The beginning half flip page is adorable and the early miscommunications with the squirrel made me giggle. However, there is a glut of "who/where is my mother" type picture books from Eastman's classic Are You My Mother? to Guarino's Is Your Mama a Llama? (one of my personal favorites) and Haughton's offering, while cute, falls short in my opinion. The ending is particularly abrupt (view spoiler) ...more
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
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.

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Read aloud - 3+
Read yourself - 6+

(ISBN 9781406327465)

Emma - Mybookcorner
This is a great picture book, definitely worthy of your attention. The illustrations are stunning, the text quirky and simple - perfect for keeping attention of little ones!
De spanning, de sensatie.... Geweldig boek!!! Zo wil ik elke avond wel worden voorgelezen!
"My mommy has big eyes like THIS!"

I like owls even more than I did before after reading this :D
CUTE!!! Perfect for storytime and I want a t-shirt with the owl on it.
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
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
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
Reminiscent of P.D. Eastman’s classic, Are You My Mother?, but completely updated and stylish. My two-year-old loved the story and I adored the illustrations — a vintage, trendy color palette that has more detail than you see at first glance (my husband had to show me how you can spot the silhouette of the mother looking for her baby in the background). Just a beautiful book.
I noticed this book while shopping at Target. I was intrigued by the retro colors and simple design. I stopped to read it in the aisle. I thought it was delightful. I especially loved the illustrations and he humor of little owl about to fall out of the nest again (on the last page). I'd love to read this with young ones to see if they enjoyed it as much as I did.
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
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
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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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