In the night skies above Paris, an adorable young owl teaches her older brother about the power of imagination—and the unconditional love between siblings
Hoot the owl is very excited for his little sister, Peep, to join him on the cathedral rooftops. She's finally old enough to learn all his big brother owly wisdom: First, owls say hooo. Second, they always say hooo. Lastly, they ONLY say hooo! But why would Peep say hooo when she could say schweeepty peep or dingity dong? Why would she speak when she could sing? As she explores the breathtaking Parisian cityscape, Peep discovers so many inspiring sights and sounds—the ring of cathedral bells, the slap of waves on stone—that she can’t help but be swept up in the magic of it all. Hoot doesn’t understand Peep’s awe, until he takes a pause to listen . . . and realizes that you're never too old to learn a little something new.
From the beloved author/illustrator of the classic picture book Red Sled, this gorgeous read aloud celebrates the wonder found in little things—and in the hearts of dreamers, young and old.
Hoot the owl is ready to share his "owly wisdom" with his younger sister, Peep, and introduce her to nocturnal life in the city (which looks to be a cross between the historic sections of London and Paris). But Peep, deeply moved by the sounds and sights of the night "the magic of the moonbeams," the "slip-slap of waves against stone" insists on singing a very un-owlike song: "Schweeep dingity dong, schweeep dingity dong!" Frustrated by his sister's expressions of autonomy, Hoot loses his temper in a classic older sibling way: "Hooo is the only way to say everything!" Peep flies away, forcing Hoot to make amends and acknowledge that "Little sisters have their own owly wisdom." Judge's (Good Morning to Me!) watercolors don't always have a clear focus, and the story can be difficult to track. But attentive reading pays off: it's a lovely nighttime fantasy whose starry, blue-tinged scenes among tiled rooftops, chimney pipes, and gothic spires bring to mind Peter Pan and Mary Poppins. Ages 3 5.