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Good Night Owl

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  1,303 ratings  ·  251 reviews
Owl is ready for bed. But as soon as he settles in, he hears a strange noise. He'll never get to sleep unless he can figure out what's going on! He looks everywhere-in his cupboard, underneath the floorboards-even in his walls. But while he's busy tearing his house apart, he doesn't notice one tiny, squeaky, mouse-shaped detail. . . . Will Owl ever get a good night's sleep ...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published April 19th 2016 by Disney-Hyperion
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Melanie I wish I had it in front of me -- but I think there is a Clash and Cure album in there also.

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Isa Lavinia
Nov 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-mg

The images didn't load, so I only read the dialogue and it was honestly one of the scariest things I've ever read in my life: this presence haunting the owl... the ending so abrupt and nightmarish... I was spooked!


But when I re-read it with the images it was a pretty cute story.

Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My son is 5 and not reading independently yet, which means he is still solidly into picture books, but some of them are becoming a little "babyish" for him. When he picked this one out at the library I worried, based on the cover and simple title, that it would fall into the "babyish and not very exciting" category. Boy, was I ever wrong!
This book is hysterical. My husband and I trade off reading bedtime stories with my son, and one night when the boys were reading together I heard my son laughi
Apr 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Genius! Elements I love about this one:

Owl's robe/pajamas.
The way the story ramps up, and how far it ramps up.
That Owl says goodnight to himself.
That readers see and know something the main character does not in a delightful way.
The ending and how Owl addresses the noisemaker.
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Owl can't sleep because a noise keeps him awake. He must pull his house a part in order to locate the disturbing sound.
Luisa Knight
Ages: 3 - 5

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Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
This looks like a pretty ordinary children's book, but about halfway through things take a turn and get weird. It still cracks me up even though my daughter's made me read it over and over.
Have you ever read Owl at Home by Arnold Lobel? Pizzoli’s wonderful new picture book recalls the story “Strange Bumps” in the best way possible. In Lobel’s book, Owl is settling into bed when he is alarmed by the two “strange bumps” (his feet) under the covers of his bed. Chuckle-inducing antics ensue as Owl fearfully tries to escape the bumps and get some rest. In Pizzoli’s book, Owl is settling into bed when he hears a, “SQUEEK!” Like Lobel’s story, readers are almost immediately privy to the ...more
When your house is surrounded by woods in a neighborhood surrounded by woods, as the nights start to get cooler with the approach of winter, you can usually expect uninvited guests. Regardless of applying foaming filler in every nook and cranny, they find a way into your humble abode. As they make their presence known and your canine companion chooses to ignore them, you do too. It's a sort of a live and let live philosophy.

There are times though when lying in bed reading, their skittering and
May 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever gone crazy hearing a noise in your house while trying to fall asleep? Owl is in this predicament, and takes some serious action. This would be so fun to read theatrically at storytime, with the culprit visible as a sneaky seek-and-find.

(Side notes: I love looking at picture-book bedrooms, in all their sweet, uncluttered simplicity. No mess, no devices, just the bare minimum to suggest "bedroom." There's a lot to love about Greg Pizzoli's illustrations. I always like spotting one th
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love owls (and currently have my classroom decorated with an owl theme) so this book scores extra points for being about a darling owl.

Owl is ready for bed...but just as he is about to go to sleep, he hears a small, unrecognizable noise. He must figure out what it is. He takes action to try to determine what is creating the noise. As the noise continues, the actions he takes become drastically bigger (and sillier). Love the illustrations, enjoyed the humor and LOVE the cute owl, including his
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
cute :)
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
A very cute story. Too bad all the kids who showed up for Preschool Storytime were mostly babies. But they liked squeaking along.
Jun 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Owl is having anything BUT a good night when a squeaking sound keeps him from sleeping.

I liked the illustrations and the layout more than the story.
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
A fun bedtime story!

What's an owl to do, when every time he says good night to himself, and nestles down in bed, he hears a squeak? Searching high and low, and all through out his house, Owl can not figure out where that sound is coming from. If Owl wants a good night sleep, he has to find that noise. GOOD NIGHT OWL is a fun read that is sure to bring on a fit giggles, as readers watch Owl search tirelessly for the source of the squeak that's keeping him up. Hidden on each page is the mouse, who
Apr 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Before Owl can fall to sleep, he needs to find out where that sound is coming matter what!


Yikes!!! I think the noise might be coming from inside your computer! Do you mind if Owl and I take a look?!

In all seriousness, kids will get a kick out of this beautifully illustrated, "bring the house down" story.
Mary Ann
I love the many ways this can be read -- bedtime story, spot-the-mouse story, silly story. Perhaps my favorite is with a beginning reader who can see the hilarious way Owl keeps getting more and more upset, laughing at owl and seeing in themselves how they get upset too. Great payoff at the end.
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
That escalated quickly!
Jul 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Owl literally tears his house apart looking for the source of a mysterious noise one night. This character is exactly like me! Poor Owl. At least he got a new friend out of it!
Jul 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pbf-birds
This funny book will keep children laughing at the clueless owl and diligently searching each page for the elusive mouse. The fun and appealing cartoon illustrations are in bright pastels.
Dec 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Alternate Title: Owl Struggles with Tinnitus.
Brenda Kahn
Adorable and hilarious bedtime story about an owl who just wants to get some sleep.
Stephanie H (My Bookish Itinerary)
4.5 stars

I picked this one up from the library because we enjoyed reading The Watermelon Seed and wanted to check out another book by Greg Pizzoli.
Good Night Owl is a pretty cute story. It is about an owl at bedtime. He goes into bed only to hear a sound that is keeping him from going to sleep. So he checks all around and the sound stops. He goes back to bed only to hear the strange noise again. And each time Owl gets up to find the noise his actions get more and more drastic. He even tears apar
Nicole Young
Apr 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Goodnight Owl is a great children's picture book, especially for younger children with very simple illustrations and with very simple words for children learning to read. This story is about an owl who is trying to go to bed, but he keeps hearing a squeaking noise. He looks outside to see if it was the wind, it was not there so he goes back to bed. He wakes up again to a squeaking noise and he breaks down his cuboards, but it is not there. He next thinks it is the floors, and so he pulls up all ...more
Emily Siniard
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All readers!! Read Aloud
In this book, an Owl is settling down for bed when he hears a noise. He ends up tearing his whole house apart look for it until he finally finds out it was a mouse. The owl and the mouse end up both finally going to sleep under the stars because the house is all torn down!

I rated this book 5 stars because I was even laughing while reading it! I know kids of all ages will enjoy it and trying to see when the Owl will finally find the noise! I think there should have been another award for the cont
Oct 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. This has been our bedtime book for the past few weeks, and while at first I thought it didn't make a lot of sense, it has really grown on me as I read it aloud 2-5x a day. And the 27-month old is obsessed with it. She almost has it memorized and recites most of it with me. So it has succeeded with its target audience.

What I like:
The owl's house. Specifically his decor. He's got great style.
Owl is drinking tea and reading before bed.
He tells himself "good night owl" repeatedly.
Lauren Carr
While this is a cute tale there are many drawbacks in both the plot and ideology of the story. “Good Night Owl” by Greg Pizzoli shares the classic tale of someone not being able to fall asleep at night because of annoying unidentifiable noise. This realistic tale represents a common issue and therefore would be relatable for many people. However, this story uses an owl as the protagonist, this is an ill choice because owls are not trying to go to sleep at night and makes the story inaccurate. Ad ...more
Sunah Chung
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good Night Owl is a picture book about an Owl who is ready to sleep. Owl is prepared to get some sleep, but he could not fall asleep because of a little noise. He checks the door, the cupboard, and even the roof to figure out what the sound is about. After demolishing his house, he finally notices the sound is from a little mouse.

Overall, colorful illustrations made me feel excited while reading this picture book. It feels like if I read this picture book before bed, I might have a good and br
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good Night owl was such a cute book and I think young readers would love it. The images were really cute and colorful and would engage the young students. The whole book only has a couple words and most pages only have the word squeak. This is still fun for readers though because the word squeak is written in all kinds of fonts and sizes that make it fun for readers. Kids would think it is super funny that he can’t find the noise especially when they see the mouse and know he is the one making t ...more
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When tucking a little one into bed, who among us hasn't heard 'can I have a drink of water' or 'I'm not tired' or 'one more story, please'. Well this is the perfect 'one more story'! Owl is ready for bed when he hears a noise (squeek) "someone must be at the door" Owl says as he rushes past a little mouse at the end of his bed. But no one is at the door. Just as he settles himself in again, he hears the same noise. This time he thinks it's something in the cupboard (it's not) and he pulls everyt ...more
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Greg Pizzoli is the author and illustrator of The Watermelon Seed, winner of the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award, Number One Sam, Templeton Gets His Wish, Tricky Vic: The Impossibly True Story of the Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower, and coming in April 2016, Good Night Owl. He lives in Philadelphia.
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