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Little Hoo

Happy Birthday, Little Hoo!

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Whooo’s Birthday is Coming Up Soon?

Little Hoo is back and it’s time to celebrate his birthday! The delightful little owl has a new book and can’t wait to share it. Actually, Little Hoo can’t wait for his birthday so his patient parents help him count down the days. A perfect book for a birthday boy or girl who can’t wait to celebrate. 


Published March 13, 2017

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Brenda Ponnay

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Profile Image for Carla.
5,920 reviews126 followers
March 7, 2017
This adorable book tells about the impatience and anticipation of Little Hoo, a young owl, who has ten days to wait until his birthday. The countdown to the event starts at day 10 and counts down. Each day Little Hoo asks if it is his birthday yet and his mother replies tht is is a day to do a specific taks. Each task helps prepare for his birthday including such things as Market day, Cleaning day, Laundry Day etc. Finally, the day of Little Hoo's birthday finally arrives and they all celebrate.

This is a fun story for little ones with a happy ending. They get to count backwards while reading the story as well as learning about being patient. They also learn about getting prepared for something requires certain tasks that must be completed. The illustrations are cute and go very well with the story. Little Hoo is cute and I think kids will identify with him. A great addition to a family library or a kindergarten/pre-school classroom. the publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.
November 1, 2019
Happy Birthday, Little Hoo is a fun addition to Brenda Ponnay's Little Hoo childrens picture book series. Young readers follow along in the days preceeding Little Hoo's birthday. From running errands and chores around the house and preparing for the party, Little Hoo is impatient with excitement as Mama Hoo counts down the days.

In my opinion, this book is ideally suited for young children, ranging from toddler to preschool aged. This book presents a fun way to introduce the concept of counting down from 10 to 1 and can be used to teach children the skill of waiting. This is a good book to read to your own little one if they are filled with anticipation for their own birthday or another exciting event. They can see their own excitement mirrored in Little Hoo. Waiting is hard butLittle Hoo had to be patient and helpful around the house in order to be ready for the birthday party.

There are two activites included within the pages of this book to help engage your child in the story. After reading, there is a page with 18 small pictures of objects that were shown in  the illustrations throughout the book. You and your child can then go back through the pages of the book and have your own 'I Spy" adventure through the pages of the book. And the second activity you can cut out and use for a Little Hoo variation of the classic party game of "Pin the Tail.'

Thank you BookSirens and Brenda Ponnay for sharing a a copy of Happy Birthday, Little Hoo with me for reviewing purposes. This is my honest review.
Profile Image for Rebecca Read.
257 reviews8 followers
May 6, 2019
This was really cute! My son is 4 and loves animals, counting and of course talking about Birthdays, cake and parties.

I loved the count down in the story and we had fun counting down together and reciting the numbers. It also engaged conversation as to what Little Hoo was doing on each day that wasn't his birthday. Any book that engages my little one and has him talking about experiences in his life is a win for me!


I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
Profile Image for Amy Ingalls.
1,072 reviews14 followers
July 7, 2019
I received a review copy for free from booksirens, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

This review is by my granddaughter Aubrey who is almost 5.

Thumbs up! I really liked this book. 4 thumbs up! It was like me because I ask a lot of questions every day. I really liked the pictures and it was so cute.
Profile Image for Tara.
1,220 reviews
March 26, 2017
I received this ARC from Netgalley for an honest review.
Little Hoo is back and this time it's almost his birthday. It's just ten days away and Little Hoo is patiently waiting. Each day he wakes up and asks if it's his birthday and each day his mom tells him, not yet but soon. Good book for counting down to a special day. Nice extra craft idea at the end.
Profile Image for C Exley Books (Cassandra).
718 reviews62 followers
September 28, 2019
I just read this with my five year old son as his bedtime story. We are loving the Little Hoo stories.

I found this book on BookSirens and got a paperback for my son. My son loved this book. He is currently working on counting forwards and backwards at school so this was good for helping him count backwards. This would be a great addition to every parent's library to read to their young child.

All questions answered by my son (Nicholas).

Do you like this book?
Nicholas said "Yes"

What do you think of the cover?
Nicholas said "Love it"

Do you want me to read it again?
Nicholas said "Yep"
Profile Image for Cynthia  Gutzwiller.
1,757 reviews13 followers
November 6, 2019
This is an extravaganza of a book. After chapter one, I did not want to put it down. I bet you won't either. This is an easy flowing book that will be a great read alone book or a read together book, so you can share in the enthusiasm.
Hannah and Nick were standing outside the Plaza Theater when Hannah had an idea. They had to go to the next town to go to the movie and hope they weren't sold out. They needed places to hold school concerts and other functions. Why not fix this place. She went and did research at the school library. Then she made a phone call to the Mayor. He thought it would be a good idea after they looked at it and the engineers said the building was sound. The adults started taking over and the kids wanted to do something. What did they choose to do? Did they make a difference? Enjoy what this third grade girl can get done when she sets her mind to it.
I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
Profile Image for Courtney.
12 reviews1 follower
April 28, 2019
Such a beautifully illustrated book! As a teacher this book is amazing for delivering mathematics. It explores the concept of time, sequencing, numbers as well as supporting communication and language development.

With just ten days until the Birthday, Little Hoo asks each day is it his birthday. The book counts down and uses numerals, written numbers and days of the week. The pictures in this book also tell their own story. They visit the library to get party games books, they buy decorations, they make the cake etc.

A sweet little extra for parents is the "make your own little who party game" at the end of the book.
This is a lovely addition for all parents to add to their children's book collection.

Thank you to the author for a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
I hope you enjoy as much as I did.

Profile Image for Leslie.
521 reviews13 followers
May 1, 2019
Please note: I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.. Shoutout to BookSirens for the ARC of this book. Nothing can turn my day around like an adorable kids' book.

Gahh this was so cute! Would definitely get it for my niece. It's a great combo of learning and fun. Little Hoo encourages kids to count along for the 10 days leading up to their birthday and is filled with both party-prep activities, household chores, and community activities. I especially enjoyed Library Day and probably would be just as excited for that day as my actual birthday.

There is even a couple of cutout pages at the end so that your child can make their own party game. Would be a perfect, early-birthday gift, so that you and your child can play along with some of the activities in the book in anticipation of the big day.
Profile Image for BreeAnn (She Just Loves Books).
1,394 reviews103 followers
December 17, 2019
What I Loved: This is one book in a series of Little Hoo book, all of which have wonderful illustrations. This one was just a great as the others. Full of fun, colorful images to keep children interested in each page.

How I Felt: This book let me down a bit. It was a bit too repetitive, where the other books change the language used on each page. This book basically said the same thing on each page, but changed the number of days left until Little Hoo's birthday. The excitement and fun that I found in the other books in this series was missing from this one.

To Read or Not to Read: This would be a good book for a young child just learning to count down from 10.

I received an advanced readers copy of this book for free. I am leaving my honest review voluntarily.

All of my reviews can be found at: https://shejustlovesbooks.com/
Profile Image for Karen Nelson.
267 reviews25 followers
March 9, 2019
What a wonderful book! As a pediatric speech language pathologist, I'm always looking for books for children to improve their language and communication skills. This book will fit the bill.

How often have we had a child have difficulty with time, asking "how much longer" or "Is is Tuesday yet? " . This book is about an owl who asks his mom each day if it is his birthday yet? It counts down from 10 days, and has an activity they will do in preparation for his birthday. Beautifully illustrated, I believe that each young child would enjoy looking at the pictures, as well as listen to the text. This would be a great addition to every parent's library to read to their young child.

Thanks to the author for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.
Profile Image for Aphrodite MK.
19 reviews
October 20, 2017
A charming and happy little book that is easy to read to young readers and get them to engage and read along, or at least to follow the pictures.
It is a short story about anticipation for a birthday with a countdown of teachable moments about the activities and preparations that take place for a party such as mail, shopping, house cleaning, baking, etc. All children who get excited about their birthdays will relate to the cute little owl getting excited about his big day. Bonus activities for kids at the end of the book to participate in making their own little Hoo birthday party cut-out.
Profile Image for Christine.
47 reviews2 followers
February 26, 2019
I loved all of the realistic components of this book. For example; my daughter Jillian's birthday is in March. She has been saying her birthday is tomorrow since Christmas haha. This book is perfect in introducing references of time to children. My favorite page was the exhausted owl mom in the grocery store. I feel you sister! :) This book is a must for every teacher's classroom library! Happy Birthday, Little Hoo would also make a perfect gift for the little one in your life. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
Profile Image for Cathy.
428 reviews14 followers
June 26, 2019
Happy Birthday, Little Hoo!is a delightful, interactive picture book. The story itself captures the impatience and excitement of a child waiting for his birthday party. The illustrations are simple, clean and colorful. The storyline contains a number countdown that encourages the reader to count along, and the inside cover encourages the child to find specific pictures a la "I Spy". This book would be a great read-aloud or read-together. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
Profile Image for Roberta.
1,125 reviews13 followers
January 27, 2019
A cute little picture book about a young owl who is impatiently awaiting their birthday. It doesn’t really work on a black and white kindle, showing two pages at a time and being very small. The illustrations are lovely, and I’m sure in full colour they’re even better. There’s even an owl to cut out to make a party game with.

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
Profile Image for Jade aka MrsTosh.
864 reviews58 followers
June 4, 2019
What a super sweet book. I read this to my 3-year-old Godson leading up to his 4th birthday. He was delighted with it. As an adult I found the book to be really nicely set out, clear to read and the colours and pictures used are lovely and vibrant. Really helped him I think to try and understand the time concept a little more, especially as we re-read it as the days got nearer.

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
Profile Image for Julie.
632 reviews149 followers
November 11, 2019
Cute little book counting down to a little one's birthday. My son just had his birthday and he was counting down for a while so he could really relate to the book. It teaches counting from 10 down to zero (the birthday) and also shows how many tasks have to be done one a daily basis and as preparation for a party.

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
Profile Image for Gena - My Book Reviews for You.
476 reviews15 followers
June 24, 2017
I enjoyed this book! It was a very cute book for children. Especially if they like owls, or call owls hoo hoos. Little Hoo is very impatient about his upcoming birthday and keeps asking if this new day is his birthday. He sounds the same as any young child would when they want to do something and ask repeatedly if now they can do something or go somewhere and their parent says not right now.
Profile Image for Leonie Stanley.
67 reviews2 followers
January 16, 2019
Happy Birthday, Little Hoo is a fun book illustrating the excitement for an upcoming birthday. Each day is filled with activities in preparation for the big day. The illustrations are colourful and well executed.

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
Profile Image for Erica Reed.
25 reviews1 follower
March 1, 2019
3 year old's favorite!

This book is fun to read with my daughter and she seems to notice something new in the illustrations every time we read it. I also think it has helped her to identify written numbers. It bothers me every time though that the calendars at the beginning and end of the book have two different days marked for Little Hoo's birthday.
Profile Image for Regina.
11 reviews2 followers
July 31, 2019
What a cute book. It's a perfect gift to give a child that is excited about their upcoming birthday. Basically you follow Little Hoo and his mother as they prepare for his birthday party. I loved the art work and found the writing perfect for a children's book. I would recommend this book for any child. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
Profile Image for Elaine Ciarnau.
Author 1 book9 followers
August 25, 2019
I loved this book. The countdown to Little Hoo's Birthday is exactly how children act. The pictures were bright and fun. I liked that they had other things to do for the days when it wasn't his birthday. Great counting book for beginners.
I recommend the book.

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
Profile Image for Amanda  Lee.
1,192 reviews42 followers
February 26, 2019
Such a cute story! The illustrations are bright and adorable. It’s a great little read and portrays a little ones birthday anticipation so well
Profile Image for Stacy.
450 reviews18 followers
April 17, 2020
Cute counting down book for little ones who love owls. My little girl loves it!!
Profile Image for Oliver.R.
53 reviews1 follower
August 6, 2021
Every page little hoo just asks how many more days until his birthday. Half way through the book you’re already falling asleep.
Profile Image for Patricia Timbrook.
55 reviews6 followers
April 23, 2019
Children’s Book Review of HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LITTLE HOO
By Brenda Ponnay
Published 2017 by Xist Publishing
Children’s Book Reviewer: PatSays ( Patricia Ann Timbrook) https://booksirens.com/book/GGPHRRT
“Did your child count down until his or her birthday? Did you? In author Ponnay’s 13-page picture book, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LITTLE HOO, the young owl, Hoo, asks Mother Owl 10 days out, Is Today My Birthday. Mother Owl answers, No; and, quickly ascribes something different to each day, such as a trip to the market or a chore. As the number of days lessens, the excitement of Little Hoo, (and the reader/listener) builds with things being prepared for his birthday party. Each of the 13 double-page, spread illustrations depicts the actions and expresses the fun that most children associate with birthdays. The bright, boldly colored cut-outs subtly mirrors one of the things most children often do at a young age with paper—trace, cut, and paste; and, a “to-do piñata owl” on the final page, dittoes that, also. Delight and joy and fun exude. Bravo! Author Brenda!”
5 Stars
Profile Image for Ash.
184 reviews11 followers
February 20, 2017
“Happy Birthday, Little Hoo!” is more about the anticipation every child feels about their birthday than the birthday itself. Each page he asks, “Is today my birthday?” and his mother answers, “Not today, Little Hoo…” and then tells him how many more days until his birthday.

Oh yes, I’ve been there. Whether you’re a child or a parent, this story is relatable. We’ve been playing this game in my house since December, and my daughter’s birthday isn’t until May! I haven’t been counting down the days, but rather the months.

From an educational standpoint this book is perfect. The story is repetitive enough to make for easy memorization, an important skill for young readers. It also assists in learning the days of the week, starting with Monday on the first page, Tuesday the second, Wednesday the third, and so on for all ten days.

Kids also get a double dose of numbers. Each day is counted down with a large number, and then the number is spelled out as well.

My kindergarten daughter’s and my favorite part was going through and doing a little look-and-find. It shows you different items in the beginning and at the end of the book to find throughout the story. She always enjoys these. This one was a little simpler than most, as I think it’s meant for two and three year olds to be able to do, but it was still fun.

All in all, this is a great story for little ones. I’d suggest it for ages 0-5. The pictures, along with the story, are simplistic but colorful and cute, and it’s written well. So much is being taught here, and it’s done so well your child probably won’t even realize they’re learning. I personally love buying books like this for my daughter.
Profile Image for Erika.
79 reviews
March 6, 2017
--I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are purely my own and not influenced in any way.--
This book was very cute and talked all about how to wait patiently and count down the days until something exciting: something I believe most kids can relate to! While not much happens, the art and Little Hoo's excitement is palpable and it leaves a bit of room for discussion about times when you or your young readers had a hard time waiting for something fun!
Profile Image for Storywraps.
1,968 reviews28 followers
February 20, 2017
This charming book chronicles ten days in the life of a baby owl who is waiting impatiently for his birthday party to begin. It's countdown time.......

He has to wait ten long days for his special event to take place which seems like a lifetime when you are little. In this waiting period he learns that parties just don't happen spontaneously... you have to plan and prepare carefully for them.

Each day of the week brings something new that has to be organized. Monday he gets the scoop on the time frame for his birthday bash, Tuesday it's Market Day, Wednesday is a visit to the piñata store, Thursday is Mail Day - he has to get those invites out to friends, Friday is Laundry Day, Saturday is Help-Your-Dad-in-the-Yard Day, Sunday it's off to the Candy Store to pack loot bags, Monday is Library Day, Wednesday is Decorate-the-House and Ice-the-Cake Day and guess what Thursday is? Can you guess?

This is a fun and exciting tale for little ones with a very, very happy ending. The illustrations are super sweet and drive the narrative perfectly. Let the celebration begin! It's time little owl. We all give a hoot! Let's party!

I highly recommend this book.
Profile Image for Ryan.
4,456 reviews24 followers
February 23, 2017
A typical counting backwards book. Little Hoo wants to know if it is his birthday yet. And every day, not yet. What makes this book stand out from others is there is a search and find aspect, and even a party game in the back. However libraries always hate it when there are instructions in a book to “cut along the dotted lines”
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