Little Hoot

Little Hoot

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It's not fair! All Little Owl wants is to go to bed at a reasonable hour, like his friends do. But Mama and Papa say little owls have to stay up late and play. So Little Owl spends all night jumping on his bed, playing on the jungle gym, and doing tricks on his skateboard—but he's hooting mad about it! Children who have a hard time going to bed will love this fun twist on the universal dilemma.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781452152073
Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date: 03/08/2016
Pages: 28
Sales rank: 348,762
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 3 - 5 Years

About the Author

Amy Krouse Rosenthal is a Chicago-based writer. She is the author of the bestselling books I Wish You More, Duck! Rabbit!, and the beloved Little Pea and Little Oink.

Jen Corace received her BFA in illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design and has illustrated a number of children's books, including Little Pea, Little Oink, and her newest Chronicle Books title, Telephone. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island.


A Conversation with Author Amy Krouse Rosenthal

What encouraged you to do another book similar to Little Pea?

Victoria had been asking me to come up with a “sequel” for a while. I struggled with it for a long, long time. I just couldn’t “see” what the sequel would be. It was only until I looked at it totally differently—continuing not the story of Little Pea exactly but continuing the INVERSION premise—that it finally fell into place.

What do you like about the images Jen gives to the story?

Everything! I love Jen’s style. I can’t imagine Little Pea or Little Hoot looking any other way, or being done by any other illustrator. Those books were born to be drawn by Jen.

How much collaborating do you do together?

A fair amount, but all through the mail. Jen and I have never actually sat down and collaborated; we’ve never even met! Victoria sends me sketches at various stages and then we (Victoria and I) talk about them, compare notes, etc.

How have kids reacted to this book when you read it aloud?

Well, luckily, happily, so far so good. They seem to love the bedtime inversion thing, and of course, they adore Jen’s illustrations.

In the text there are quite a few plays on words. Do kids pick up on these?

Absolutely!!! Just yesterday I was doing a school presentation. I read Little Pea first, and then Little Hoot. At the end a lot of the kids shouted out, “Hey, you said, ‘owl lived happily ever after’ just like, ‘hap-pea-ly ever after’ in Little Pea!” They get it.

Is Little Hoot modeled after anyone?


How do bedtimes play out in your house?

My kids are big-ish now—10, 13, and 14. No bedtime struggles anymore. . . . Our struggle involves getting OUT of bed. No one wants to wake up in the morning, least of all, me! I love sleeping. . . .

Will there be more books like Little Pea and Little Hoot?

Yep! There is one more coming . . . the last and final in what will now be a veritable trilogy. We didn’t realize there would be three in this series when we first made Little Pea, but I’m excited that it turned out to be this way. Can you guess what the third and last title/story is? . . .

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Little Hoot 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
lenoreva on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Little Hoot is a sequel of sorts to Little Pea (a pea who has to eat candy in order to get a veggie dessert), only this time, it is an owl who wants to go bed early like all of his friends but has to stay up late so he can ¿grow up to be a wise owl¿. This is another ¿reverse psychology¿ story with charming illustrations by Jen Corace, and I especially loved the language in this one i.e. ¿I don¿t give a hoot what time your friends go to bed. In this family, we go to bed late. Rules of the roost.¿ Fun for all those little ¿night owls¿ you know.
elle0467 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Little hoot is a young owl who loves to play but he also loves to sleep. However, as Papa Hoot has told him many times before, he must stay up really late in order to become an old wise owl. Little owl learns that it is difficult to stay up late and that he really dislikes staying up late. This is a great book for kids to learn that going to sleep early is necessary to become a wise grown-up. A great bedtime story.
conuly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Little Hoot hates bedtime. Why? Because it's just so LATE and it's not FAIR and when HE grows up he'll let HIS kids go to bed as EARLY as they WANT!!!"It is, frankly, a hoot to see him grumpily playing an extra hour before bed, and to hear his parents begging him for a glass of water or a story before he tucks himself in!Definitely a must-read, even if it isn't *quite* as good as its predecessor, Little Pea.
multilingualmaid on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Little Hoot is learning how to be a good owl. That means going to school and practicing his staring technique. It also means staying up late, but Little Hoot just wants to go to bed! The flipped situation of the parents telling the young owl that he can¿t go to bed and must learn to stay up late creates an ironic humor that will appeal to children and their parents alike. The illustrations are simple but endearing as they show how Little Hoot stays busy until he is finally allowed to dive happily into bed.
AbundanceofBooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Little Hoot follows the same format as Little Pea. The illustrations are more detailed as there isn't much more you can do to a pea, but lots of white space to make the pictures pop. Like Little Pea, Little Hoot is an Every Kid. He likes school, he plays with his friends, and he practices his owl skills (don't your kids do that?):"Time to practice Pondering , Sweetie.""Ok, now practice your staring."But just like Little Pea, there was one thing he didn't like - bedtime. Because owls stay up late, late, late."All my other friends get to go to bed so much earlier than me!Why do I always have to stay up and play? It's not fair!"His parents explain that that's you one grows up to be a wise owl. Besides that, they "don't give a hoot" what time his friends go to bed."In this family, we goto bed late. Rules of the roost"It's the same argument children hear from their parents. This how our family works, these are the rules in our house, we want you to grow up to be strong and healthy, etc. Children relate to and sympathize with Little Hoot. He stays up late and plays, but he is NOT happy about it. He keeps asking if he can stop playing and finally his mother says gives him ten more minutes of playtime - but it's clear she's displeased by his pestering. Again, something children can relate to and, again, there is another counting opportunity. (This is great for the 3-4 year old set who love to show off their counting skills.) Finally the ten minutes are up and Little Hoot excitedly flies off to bed. His parents chase after him, offering up time honored bed time delays."But wait!" stalled Mama Owl. "What about a bedtime story?""And don't forget a glass of water!" added Papa Owl.They were too late and Little Hoot was already asleep. So his parents tuck him in and (brace yourselves, this is pretty bad word play):...they owl live happily ever after.Corny ending aside, this is a story that everyone can relate to. Kids are flabbergasted by the upside down rules and the illustrations are far more engaging this time around. There are lots of small details that kids can hunt for in the pages. I always ask my students if they can find Little Hoot's friends who are playing Hide-and-Seek with him. We also practice pondering and staring with him.Verdict:A sweet bedtime story that (in my mind) is a nice companion to Goodnight Moon. I also give this story 5 stars.
Jessie_Bear on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In an ironic twist on the classic bedtime procrastination story, Little Hoot is forced to stay up and play by his night owl parents. This tongue-in-cheek picture book combines darling illustrations with the humor of an unexpected point of view. Word play and puns also feature in this story, some more subtle than others for different reading and listening audiences. The illustrations are done in ink and watercolor with a predominance of curved lines and shapes. Characters and props are depicted, but everything else is left as white space, giving this book an un-busy appearance. The only illustration with text builds on the story¿s use of word play, and another illustration is subtitled ¿FIG.1,¿ ¿FIG. 2,¿ and ¿FIG. 3¿ which are charming as well as funny, but probably appeal more to the adult reading than the very young child listening. The smaller size of this book as well as its content lends itself well to a nighttime read rather than a group story time environment. This book is recommended for children ages three to six.
ConfuzzledShannon More than 1 year ago
An owl named Little Hoot wants to go to bed early but his parents say he has to stay up late and play so he may be a wise old when he is older.  Very cute story.  Although I worry reading it to a child before bed because Little Hoot can stay up late what’s to say that the child will want to stay up because of the little owl.  The artwork fits the cuteness of Little Hoot temper tantrum not wanting to stay up and be a night owl.  He looks bored as he has “fun”.
book4children More than 1 year ago
Little Hoot is a charming story that plays on the usual childhood complaint of having to go to bed early. Little Owl wants to go to sleep, but his parents insist on him staying awake all night like a proper owl. My children loved this book because it is the exact opposite of their bedtime complaints. The illustrations are simple, adorable, and beautifully designed. From the use of white space to the gentle colors used, Jen Corace creates a sweet and child like escape from the often mundane and dreaded chore of going to bed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is cleverly written. The lesson in it is adorable and children enjoy how it is the opposite of life as they know it. Little Pea by the same author is another favorite in our house.
Wayne Smith More than 1 year ago
This font is awful on screen. Makes an otherwise good book bad.
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Aunt_Kim-VA More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my nephew who was turning 5 years old. He loves listening to it over and over again and he also enjoys the illustrations. When he requests it for a bedtime story, adults and older siblings are happy because it is not too long and they find it humourous, as well. Even though this child is not uncooperative at bedtime, he still thinks it is funny that the owl in the story begs to go to bed like all his friends, while his parents want him to stay up longer. I highly recommend this book and plan to purchase others by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seems like a baby book i like something that is a novel but the reviews seem good but it all depends on if you like a short or a long book