Author Martin Waddell
Cover artist / illustrator: Patrick Benson
Genre: Children’s picture book
Publisher: Walker Books
Publication date: first published in 1975, my book is dated 1992
Table of contents: Pages 15, 326 words! ( ages: 2- 7 yrs)
- Three baby owls, Sarah, Percy and Bill, wake up one night in their hole in a tree to find that their mother has gone.
- This book captured my heart.
- The sheer terror, fear in the eyes of the owl babies is palpable.
Martin Waddell (1941, Belfast Northern Ireland ) is a prize winning children’s book author. He revealed that basis of this book. One day he saw a small child standing in the supermarket . He had lost his mommy. Big round eyes, body stiffened with terror he could only say: “I want my mummy’. Waddell knew he had a story. Some picture books take years to write, this one took only 3 hours!
Patrick Benson’s illustrations are the ‘crowning touch’ in the book. He went to the exclusive Eton and studied classical drawing in Florence followed by a foundation year at Chelsea Art School. His talents are visible in this book.
- Strong point: text and illustration are so beautifully integrated that you are wondering what wonderful illustration will be on the next page?
- Strong point: dubble page illustration to emphasize the ‘big event’ in the story.
It is such a touching story and the illustrations bring it to life! Sometimes I find myself just gazing at the book and smiling at Percy, Sarah and Bill. Children who learn to love books and reading often start with picture books. ( reaction to Cleo’ remarks)
It is so relaxing to read children’s literature. Often I try to pinpoint my ‘first reaction’, does it bring back memories? does it still teach me as an adult an important lesson? Writers and illustrators are so interesting to discover and learn about.
Sometimes we just get so wrapped up in classics, fiction, bio’s and non-fiction that we forget to take a step back and read …..as children do! ( reaction to Louise’s remarks)