This is Owl - Story Snug

This is Owl by Libby Walden and Jacqui Lee

This is Owl is ‘A flapping, tapping, clapping interactive book’ which engages young readers by encouraging them to interact with Owl. It’s a fun story to read aloud and, by following a sequence of actions, the child becomes really involved in Owl’s story.

The Story: We are introduced to Owl who needs to be woken up. As night falls we are encouraged to help him fly but he disappears and we need to ask other birds to help us find him. We find him sitting with Other Owl but they need help building a nest. Their new nest looks fabulous and as day breaks the two owls have something very exciting to show us…

Tickling, clapping, flapping, blowing and tipping the page are all encouraged to help the reader get to know Owl. His disappearance adds a fun element to the story and a mystery for other birds to solve. Owl doesn’t respond to us verbally but through his actions, it is the narrator of the story who keeps up the connection by alternating between talking to him and the reader

We love Jacqui’s bold, eye-catching illustrations which complement the simplicity of the text. Owl is cute although he’s a little aloof until the end of the story when he’s eager to show readers what is in his nest. At the beginning of the story we’re introduced to the fact that owls are nocturnal. We were also interested to learn that they don’t build their own nests so readers are encouraged to help the two owls by drawing twigs with their fingers.

Other animals are also introduced in the illustrations, our favourite character is a vampire bat hanging from a branch – he’s a little bit confused, he thought that he was Owl!!

This is Owl would be a great book to read to a group of preschoolers. Along with actions there are also half cut pages to turn, a flap to lift and lots of opportunities to develop vocabulary. Counting, colours and animal recognition can all be encouraged while reading the story which also introduces the concepts of night and day and eggs hatching.

Owl placemat - Story Snug

You can also make your own picture using heart templates. First make a branch then stick the hearts together in an owl shape. A starry sky completes the picture, we laminated this one to use as a placemat.

This is Owl is a simple first picture book story which encourages interaction during reading and makes it a fun and enjoyable experience.

Age Range: 2 +

Author: Libby Walden / Illustrator: Jacqui Lee

Thank you to Little Tiger Press for sending This is Owl. It was fun to play with the two owls 🙂


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14 responses to “This is Owl by Libby Walden and Jacqui Lee”


  1. stickymudandbellylaughs avatar
    stickymudandbellylaughs

    What a sweet book and I love your laminated placemat. It’s fun to do crafts along side storybooks, we have done this with a few of our books too. #MMBC


    1. Catherine avatar

      We often used to do book related crafts, we had so much fun. I miss those days!


  2. sarahmo3w avatar
    sarahmo3w

    This looks like a lovely book for my youngest nephews. The illustrations are beautiful.


    1. Catherine avatar

      They’re gorgeous illustrations, so bold and colourful 🙂


  3. Chantelle Hazelden (@MamaMummyMum) avatar

    Aaa I adore interactive books, my eldest would have loved this one when she was younger, she just loves owls! #readwithme


    1. Catherine avatar

      They’re great aren’t they although this concept still feels quite new. We’re huge owl fans here too, my mum has owls everywhere in her house!


  4. mumjd avatar

    What a nice book. Owl looks so cute. Owls make it into the second tier of my youngest’s favourite creatures


    1. Catherine avatar

      We’re huge owl fans here 🙂


  5. Rachel - Kids, Cuddles and Muddy Puddles avatar

    We love interactive books, most recently “There’s a Monster in your Book” by Tom Fletcher. I think my kids would like this owl one too! #MMBC


    1. Catherine avatar

      I don’t know ‘There’s a Monster in your Book’ but I can imagine that looking for a monster would appeal to lots of children 🙂


  6. Louisa avatar

    This looks like a super book for smaller children. My children always especially liked books with owls so would have adored this one #readwithme


    1. Catherine avatar

      We’re huge owl fans here too 🙂


  7. Michelle K avatar

    That looks like a really cute story for little ones to get into. My boys loved the interactive ones the best when they were small. #MMBC


    1. Catherine avatar

      It is cute and interactive books like this can really encourage a love of reading from a very early age 🙂

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