Nobody likes to be left behind.
You’d think this couldn’t possibly happen to someone. It’s just too awful.
But it did!
See you may know the story of the owl and the pussycat who left together on a pea green boat. But this story is not about that owl.
On the shore. Sad and alone. Left with no one. Until a rhino happens by.
But in the process, Owl fails to see the opportunities that have presented themselves since he was left behind. So consuming is his stewing, he doesn’t realise what’s standing right in front of him. Can Owl wake up and see the truth?
The Owl Who Got Left Behind is a giggle-inducing picture book with strong Jon Klassen vibes. It’s got that dark comedy tone that never fails to delight as the reader very clearly sees what the main character just cannot seem to grasp.
With beautiful illustrations in gorgeous dark glue and grey tones (with a pop of red), the story comes to life. I love the use of different perspectives and changing distances to convey emotion and meaning. I love Owl’s red scarf that tells its own story through the book, and I love the journey of the glorious glowing moon across the pages. There is lots to explore in these illustrations.
This is a picture book with a longer word count, so I also think junior readers might like to tackle it alone. But it is also perfection to devour together with a kid (or two) — to read a page and chat about poor Owl and what he might be thinking.
I adore new takes on old stories, and this one is a hoot (pun intended!).
Title: The Owl Who Got Left Behind
Author: Martine Murray
Illustrator: Anna Read
Publisher: Parachute Press, $29.95
Publication Date: March 2022
For ages: 3 – 8
Type: Picture Book
March 11, 2022 at 11:33PM Shaye Wardrop