Images and text by Carter.
I’m a big fan of Chris Haughton’s Little Owl Lost. It’s understated, adorable, and deeply moving all at once. You know this story: tiny thing lost, needs to find its mama. But this book revives a sleepy plot with a charming cast of woodland creatures and language that settles right into your bones.
One of the most magical qualities of a picture book is the page turn, that moment of suspense that lets you control the pace of the story. The very first page turn ingeniously gives you a sort of animated effect, with a half page dividing the spread. It throws you right into the action — an adorable, wobbly owlet falling right out of the nest. And that’s where the simplistic hilarity begins.
A well-intentioned squirrel offers his eager assistance, but owlet’s description of pointy ears and big eyes don’t quite find the right mommy. The colors are lush and deep — unusual for a picture book, but oh, so comforting. Much like the story itself.
P.S. – If you love this one, be sure to check out his more recent book, Oh No, George! Delightful doesn’t even begin to describe it!