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A Bit Lost [Hardcover]

Chris Haughton
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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6 Sep 2010
Little Owl must be more careful when he is sleeping... Uh-oh! He has fallen from his nest, and with a bump he lands on the ground. Where is his mummy? With the earnest assistance of his new friend Squirrel, Little Owl sets off in search of her, and meets a sequence of other animals. Yet while one might have his mummy’s BIG EYES, and another her POINTY EARS, they are simply not her. Chris Haughton's striking colour illustrations follow Little Owl on his quest. Which of his new friends will lead him back to his mummy?

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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Walker (6 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1406327468
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406327465
  • Product Dimensions: 26.2 x 25.2 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 518,543 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The story s a familiar one: P.D. Eastman covered similar ground a half-century ago in 1960 s Are You My Mother? But award-winning Irish illustrator Chris Haughton s first picture book, Little Owl Lost, is a charmer in its own right. His digitally enhanced pencil-sketch illustrations use a rich, tropical-sunset palette, and his animal characters are endearingly expressive. After the drowsy owlet drops from his mother s nest, helpful Squirrel leads him around the forest, following the bird s clues ( My mommy is very big! and My mommy has pointy ears! ). Your kids will likely beat the squirrel to the punch mommy isn t a bear, or a rabbit, or a wide-eyed frog. Spoiler alert: Eventually, Little Owl finds the feathered femme he s looking for. Now, if he can just stay awake... Read more: http://www3.timeoutny.com/newyork/kids/blog/2010/08/17/picture-book-pick-little-owl-lost-by-chris-haughton/#ixzz0x3FSIhy9 --Time Out New York

By sticking to simple shapes and a bold palette, Haughton has created a debut that reads like a tattered old favorite. A single half-page shows Little Owl dozing off in his nest, then--once it s turned--bouncing softly to the forest floor. The animals who find Little Owl are flat, stylized creatures in jewel colors, but their eyes convey a wealth of feeling. Squirrel peers at Little Owl, his paws clasped in concern, his neck stretched out quizzically. My mommy is VERY BIG, says Little Owl. Yes! Yes! I know! I know! says Squirrel. Follow me.... Here she is. Here s your mommy. Squirrel points to an enormous teal bear, staring befuddled at readers. A few more cases of mistaken identity ensue before locating Little Owl s mother (careful readers will have noticed her seeking out her progeny). With instinctive skill, Haughton uses spreads of the forest to establish atmosphere and set up jokes, then delivers punch lines with spot illustrations that zero in on the animals dopey but lovable expressions. A promising first outing. Ages 2-up. --Publishers Weekly

In our world, understatement is becoming a lost art, and elegance a disappearing quality. This book has both, in Haughton s art and in the many production details not immediately noticeable. Block gloss letters form a vertical column above the main character s head on the cover, picked out in white in contrast to the quiet olive green empty matte background. A different design is on the rear cover, showing Owl atop his nest. Opening the book, a viewer notices the restrained endpapers in two shades of blue featuring simplified, decorative tree silhouettes. Close examination shows the back endpapers are similar but not identical, an example of the careful approach to exemplary design qualities. The half title page repeats the column of lettering, only this time in the olive green of the cover background, above the single figure of Owl facing into the rest of the book. The double spread title page introduces a vibrant new color, orange, with the olive green background to provide continuity. The action starts on the opening wordless, double spread, where we see mother and baby depicted in shades which are similar in intensity to the colors on the endpapers, but in this different tonality. A half page turns to reveal that sleepy baby has indeed bounced off his nest and then bumped along until he meets an inquisitive squirrel who tries to be helpful in reuniting the lost baby with his mother. On the search, other silhouettes of bear, rabbit, and different tree shapes add interesting complexity. Once again the design elements are worth noticing: the tree trunks provide strong rhythmic vertical accents. Throughout, large areas of highly saturated plain color or of the white paper focus viewer s attention on the design quality of the various animals. None of these turn out to be the owl s mother, despite the squirrel s good intentions. Finally a frog joins in the search, to help bring the missing mother and child back together. On that double spread, mother owl s comforting wings are stretched across the gutter to enfold her child. The exaggerated scale of the mother owl compared to the size of her baby emphasizes the strength of her comfort. All s well as mother and baby owl and their guests, squirrel and frog, enjoy cookies in the nest. Or is all well? On the last wordless page, it seems perhaps baby, precariously close to the nest s edge, has begun to doze off again, which precipitated the action at the beginning. Ludwig Mies van der Rohe s maxim, less is more, is certainly exemplified here. The bold, clean-edged, un-modulated saturated colors and bold use of empty space make for a dramatic presentation. The challenge for teachers and librarians will be to help children appreciate a book which doesn t scream aloud for attention. --John Warren Stewig, Carthage College

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A beautiful and witty picture book charting the journey of Little Owl who is just "a bit lost"...

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Bit Lost 15 Sep 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a very cute story, with lovely retro illustrations. A baby owl falls out of his nest and is found by a friendly squirrel, who tries to help him find his mother. Baby owl says she is very big, so owl takes her to a bear. But she has pointy ears, so he takes her to a rabbit, etc. My only criticism is that the story is very similar to Julia Donaldson's "Monkey Puzzle". However, saying that, my children found it very sweet and funny and they asked me to read it again, so it was a winner in our house. The book has a very nice feel to it, espcially when (having found mum), baby owl is sitting just a little close to the edge of the nest again when the story ends... It's quite humorous and quirky and I think it will appeal to children of about 2-5 years.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely book 1 Dec 2012
By angela
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
My grandson age just three, absolutely loved it - I must have read it to him 6 times in one evening. He asked his mummy and Daddy and Grandad and Gran and Grandpa to read it to him as well!
Such a simole book -but what a big success
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect 12 Jan 2014
Format:Board book|Verified Purchase
I bought this book because it is nice to handle for a young child, also very clearly and attractively illustrated. It is also a good opportunity to very gently introduce the topic of stranger danger. Thank you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars my children loves the little owl 21 Oct 2013
By kees
Format:Board book
I have both the hardback and a softback edition. I like the big one (softback) better because the colours are so beautiful that they deserve a bigger format. My children (2 and 3) love the history, when the squirl ask, is this your mother screams my son: NOOOOOOO IT's A BEAR!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book 18 July 2011
We first borrowed this from the public library and my 2.5 has insisted on renewing it every time we bring it back to the library, so that we ended up buying our own copy. It is a lovely, simple story, and perfect for learning to read. There isn't so much text, so you can keep your finger under the words as you read so the child can begin to follow the words. The illustrations are lovely. My son likes to do the gestures that the little owl does ("my mummy has pointy ears, like this!") to find his mummy. Really lovely.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book, but compare with Monkey Puzzle! 10 Aug 2011
This is a gorgeous book, with bold illustrations and bright funky colours. The story is one of an owl searching for his mum with the help of a squirrel and it's simple but very enjoyable and appealing. Here's the snag: this story has been told before, in Monkey Puzzle (by Julia Donaldson). For me, Monkey Puzzle is superior because Donaldson's rhyming, descriptive language is far, far richer.

If you have space for both on your bookshelf, this book might suit a younger audience (nearer age 1 than 2) before graduating to Monkey Puzzle.
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Brilliant story and designs - you can also have a "where is little owl's mommy" game throughout the pages when your child is a bit older
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5.0 out of 5 stars A nice story with the BEST illustration 18 Nov 2013
Format:Board book
It's a simple story but SO nice! And the best part of is is the illustration. Could be the best I've ever seen. Highly recommended for all pre school or elementary school kids
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1.0 out of 5 stars Fab story.
I love the story but was expecting this to be a paperback, not a board book. Maybe I didn't read the description correctly.
Published 3 months ago by Miss E J Richards
1.0 out of 5 stars Scarily similar......
This book is scarily similar to "Are you my Mother" by P.D. Eastman which worries me slightly, and that book is actually much , much better.....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simple and classic
I just love owls and the illustrations really appeal to me. I also enjoy collecting children's books. Hits all my happy buttons.
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Beautifully drawn and a lovely version of the classic "where's my mummy?" story. Was a present for a 2.5 year old who has read little else since!
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