Good Night Owl by Greg Pizzoli

Yesterday was my first Mother’s Day. What was already a special day because I had my little one and my mom with me to celebrate was only made better when my mom read Good Night Owl (2016, Disney Hyperion) by Greg Pizzoli to my little guy.

A 2017 Geisel Honor Book, Good Night Owl is a humorous story of an owl who rips his house apart trying to locate the source of a squeak.

Readers who love Pizzoli’s The Watermelon Seed will be delighted by this book. Sharp and witty, the dialogue moves the story forward at a good pace. I enjoyed the color palette, which is both muted with dark greens and greys and punctuated with a vibrant, almost-blinding yellow.

The story tackles a common problem: not being able to sleep at night because of a noise. As a new mom, I can completely relate! Good Night Owl’s owl cannot sleep because of a squeak. As the squeaks continue, the owl becomes more and more agitated, so much so that he destroys his entire home until all that is left is his bed and the night sky.  Soon enough a mouse, the originator of the squeaks, appears, and the owl – perhaps comfortable now that the mystery of the sound has been solved or simply too exhausted to care anymore – wishes the mouse a good night and drifts to sleep.

A fun and humorous read-aloud, Good Night Owl is a great book to help little ones not be so afraid of nighttime sounds. And though not in my case (as newborns often have a nighttime rhythm all to their own) to encourage little owls humans to drift off to dreamland.

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