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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Merry Christmas, Little Owl! is a children's picture book written by Hilary Hawkes and illustrated by Richard Hawkes. Little Owl is getting tired. It's Christmas Eve, and all the other animals are soundly sleeping, but Ollie Owl explains that night-time is not when owls sleep. At night, they glide around the world and get to look at all the stars that are up in the sky. Since it's Christmas Eve, Ollie explains, there's a very special star up there in the sky. The first time that star appeared, angels told the shepherds to go to Bethlehem, and owls would have been able to witness all that because they don't sleep at night. The owls living at that time were able to see the baby who was God's son asleep in a manger in Bethlehem. Owls also get to see Saint Nick as he travels across the sky in his sled, so being an owl is something special indeed, even if when they sleep is different from the other animals that Little Owl knows.
Hilary Hawkes' children's picture book, Merry Christmas, Little Owl! is a beautifully written rendition of the traditional Christmas tale as seen from the perspective of a little owl and his older friend. Richard Hawkes' mixed media illustrations are a delight, and the bright colors and glowing stars lend a festive and special air to the story. This charming tale is perfect for getting children involved in the Christmas spirit, but it also has a lesson inherent in it that being different can be pretty good, rather than something to feel bad about. Merry Christmas, Little Owl! is a great storytime book filled with illustrations to explore and enjoy. It's also suitable as a primer for young readers. Merry Christmas, Little Owl! is highly recommended.