My daughter picked this for her weekly library reading book, as she was drawn to the beautifully illustrated lone owl on the front cover. Oddly, this is different to the one shown here on amazon, which includes the colourful cast of characters within (see picture). Despite this discrepancy the illustrations are superb and the colours used on the glossy pages really aid in making the story come alive.
The tale relates the experience of a dreamy white owl who, armed with his alarm clock and toast, goes off to explore the endless skies and discovers a group of colourful owls. At first he is shunned because of his plain appearance and lack of colour, but this is all changed as they are beguiled by his wondrous stories and inner spirit which is far more colourful than they could ever have imagined.
The story is simple and short yet conveys a poignant moral message that 'celebrates difference and the beauty inside us all' which is appropriate for the 4-5 year age group at which it is aimed.