We went to see the very funny Proon Productions version of this book at the weekend and it’s been in constant demand in our household ever since…
Written by Sean Taylor and illustrated by Jean Jullien, Hoot Owl talks a fierce game—“I swoop through the bleak blackness like a wolf in the air” but his dumpy ovoid shape and propensity for dressing up are at odds with the super villain hyperbole. It means that despite Hoot Owl’s self-professed “deadly-dangerous beak” even squeamish readers can be confident that no animals will be hurt during the reading of this book!
Jullien’s bold, black outlines, rich colours, expressive animal eyes (often turned towards the intrepid hero in benign bemusement) and positioning (Hoot Owl is frequently sideways à la Superman) hilariously complement Taylor’s text and reveal the ‘predator’ as both melodramatic and comical. Our favourite line, and the one that had us giggling the most, was the dramatic “The shadowy night stretches away forever, as black as burnt toast”.
Hilarity, smart pacing and lots of ridiculous costume changes make this a winner for all ages!