Little Owl's Colors by Divya Srinivasan

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Little Owl's Colors by Divya Srinivasan

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Category: For Sharing
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Sam Tyler
Reviewed by Sam Tyler
Summary: When the forest grows dark, nocturnal creatures like to come out, including Little Owl. This is an owl who sees colour everywhere, join them as they see all the colors and colours of the night.
Buy? Maybe Borrow? Maybe
Pages: 18 Date: August 2015
Publisher: Viking Press USA
External links: Author's website
ISBN: 9780451474568

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When you pick up a children's book, sometimes things feels a little off. Books for kids can be almost too sickly sweet; the characters have massive eyes and enjoy themselves too much. Who has that much fun in one day? What is wrong with Divya Srinivasan's Little Owl's Colors? Perhaps it is the lack of attention to detail when printing a book for the UK market? Colour me perplexed.

Little Owl is a curious fellow who likes to fly around the forest at night checking out the various creatures who have ventured forth once the sun has set. You would be surprised how many animals are still around to say hello and they come in so many different colours.

Educational books for sharing are the norm for any toddler's library, but they can vary in quality. Some of the books just talk about colours alone, whilst others try to put them in context. In terms of the context, Little Owl does a good job of introducing children to some nocturnal animals and noticing their livery. There are only so many night owls to look at, so the book does turn into day as it progresses. Spotting the creature and the colour is standard fun and toddlers will enjoy it.

The book itself is also decent quality, a solid little card book that will last a good number of reads. The colours Srinivasan's uses are also impressive, popping from the page, although the book is sometimes set at night and the prominent colour is grey. Everything with this book is good, but there is something off.

Firstly, the title is Colors and not Colours. This is perhaps not the biggest issue for some, but for an educational book I think the spelling should be right for the country it is sold in. It smacks of corner cutting. Also, Little Owl itself is too saccharine looking; its large bulbous eyes are meant to be cute, but actually induce nausea. The other animals look stylised, but pleasant enough. When the main character is too twee, it can be a little annoying.

To the toddler/older baby that you will be reading this book to, whether owl is creepily cute is neither here or there. For them, Little Owl provides an interesting book that explores both colours and nocturnal animals. It's just that if you analyze these colors they may not look right to UK eyes.

There are books available about colours that spell the word correctly for the market including Mr Pusskins - Colours by Sam Lloyd and Colours by Aino-Maija Metsola.

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