Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Owl Moon by Jane Yolen, ill. John Schoenherr
Having failed to secure a proper Fourth of July picture book (and really, isn’t the 4th soooo yesterday?) I decided instead to take several listener recommendations and go all in on Jane Yolen’s 1987 Caldecott Award winner. What better book to look at on these hot July days than a cold story of moonlit driven snow on a wintery night? Kate and I try to make weird owl noises, debate why we don’t eat them for food, and play the game of “Guess How Many Books Jane Yolen Has Written.”
Personally I have great affection for day for night scenes. It looks like it’s 9 a.m. but I think that’s only because the sky is so light. Can we assume that this happens in the country sometimes?
I like that Schoenherr really captured how kids have to lift their feet up high above the snow in order to keep up with their parents. Also, are those moon boots? Extra points if they’re moon boots.
The most impressive image of an owl in any book, pretty much ever.
Quoth the owl: “What… a waste… of my.. TIME!”
How did it do on the Top 100 Picture Books Poll on SLJ? In 2012 it was #30.
Kate Recommends: The Olympics (and please bear in mind that we recorded this before we knew who Sha’Carri Richardson was or that she wouldn’t be allowed to compete this year)
Betsy Recommends: The recent episode of Sawbones on Physician Burnout.
Filed under: Fuse 8 n' Kate
About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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