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A laugh-out-loud page turner from Sean Taylor with wickedly hilarious graphic art from Jean Jullien.

"This is the funniest picture book I have read in a long time" David Walliams

From masterful storyteller Sean Taylor and exciting, celebrated graphic artist Jean Jullien, comes the laugh-out-loud tale of Hoot Owl. Hoot Owl is no ordinary owl - oh no! - he's a master of disguise! And he will use his expert camouflage powers to trick his unsuspecting prey into succumbing to him! Tiny animals of the night ... beware! But, somehow, Hoot Owl's prey keeps escaping... Hmmm, perhaps he isn't quite as masterful as he believes. Will he ever succeed in catching himself some dinner? Hilarity, ridiculousness and very bad costume changes abound in this wildly inventive new title.

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11th May '16
I read it to Noah aged 5 aged 5 & to Flynn aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
Hoot Owl is a master of disguise and he is hungry! This story tells the wonderful adventure Hoot Owl has trying to stalk his prey and find something delicious to eat. When it is dark Hoot Owl dresses up to disguise himself and trick his prey into a false sense of security but will he ever be able to find something to snack on? This book has beautiful illustrations and lots of repetition to help little ones join in with the familiar pattern on the pages. I read this to my 5 year old and 2 year old and they loved it. They both joined in with the reading and both laughed at the story. My 5 year old said it was very funny. His favourite part was when the pizza did not move! We would definitely recommend this book.
11th May '16
I read it to FreddyBoggis aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
This book was great fun, hoot owl is hungry. But his costumes don't seem to work very well. Really good book, with great illustrations. Laugh out loud book that's Very easy to join in with. It's been read every bedtime since it arrived. We loved the ending. This book is becoming a favourite.
13th May '16
I read it to Charles aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
A very funny book about a self-important owl who attempts to catch his dinner thanks to his mastery of disguise. Alas, his dinner keeps getting away and poor Hoot is getting rather peckish. Luckily, the pizza doesn't run off and Hoot retains confidence in his disguise skills.
This is wonderfully illustrated and definitely makes us giggle out loud thanks to the humorous prose. Can see this being a well-worn favourite on the bookshelf. 
1st September '16
I read it to Primary 1 Class aged 4 to 6
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5 stars
Great story which I read to a class. Very funny and fantastic illustrations. It has a few lines which are repeated so the children could join in and predict what was going to happen. A great story for boys and girls.
2nd November '16
I read it to Eavesjo aged 4 aged 4
Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise 9781406361018
5 stars
My 4 year old son loved this book and giggled all the way through! (I also found it amusing, always a bonus when reading bedtime stories!) 
hoot owl is hungry and has to catch his prey, so attempts to use different disguises to do so... With limited success! 
My son has also insisted on acting out the story several times, with lots more giggling
18th May '16
I read it myself (an adult) , to Bob1 aged 6 aged 6 & to Bob2 aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
Loved this. Wonderfully illustrated, very funny, and great as a bedtime read. We especially loved the ending, and when Hoot pretended to be a 'fluffy mother sheep'!   Highly recommend for boys or girls. 
9th May '16
I read it to Samuel aged 5 months aged 0
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5 stars
Hoot Owl is hungry. It's nighttime and he's out hunting for his dinner. Luckily, he's a master of disguise. Unfortunately, his disguises aren't as effective as he'd like.

This is one of my favourite picture books ever. It is laugh out loud funny and stunningly illustrated. It has everything you'd want from a picture book: drama; suspense; humour; repetition; and beautiful, bold illustrations. I also love the richness of the language.

Throughout the book, Sean Taylor makes wonderful use of similes and his descriptions of the darkness are poetic. It is a joy to read aloud.

Jean Jullien's illustrative style is a treat: high contrast pages, saturated with colour and an incredibly expressive main character (so much is conveyed through Hoot Owl's eyes).

This fabulous picture book is one to return to time and time again.
10th May '16
I read it to IRE aged 4 aged 4 & to TAME aged 2 aged 2
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5 stars
We all know owls are wise, but did you know they are also masters of disguise? Well Hoot Owl thinks he is anyway. A totally melodramatic tale of a hungry owl searching for his dinner. But what will he catch? A rabbit, a lamb, a pigeon? Or maybe even a pizza? My children found this story absolutely hilarious, particularly Hoot's disguises. They were incredibly relieved each time Hoot failed to catch his dinner. I could literally hear them holding their breath, waiting to see what would happen. Also the fabulously bold illustrations fit brilliantly with the drama of the story. This is a perfect picture book to share. Just have a go at reading it through a few times first to get the comic timing right!
11th April '17
I read it to Soopa aged 2 aged 2
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4 stars
We absolutely love the way this book is illustrated. The bold, simple pictures and beautiful contrasting colours really lift this story. The story follows a cheeky owl who thinks he is a master of disguise and tries to disguise himself as various things in order to catch his dinner, ending with him only managing to catch a pizza as it was stationary but being very pleased with himself about it. My daughter loved the owl character with his big expressive eyes and was keen to see how he would try to dress up next. A pleasing book for parents and children.
12th December '17
I read it to RS aged 7 aged 7 & to ES aged 2 aged 2
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4 stars
We liked the story eventually but, being vegetarians, the children were a bit perterbed when the owl talks about eating other creatures. That aside it’s a fun book, lots of repetition meaning the kids can join in and a really good ending. Might take a couple of reads to really enjoy but my two really love the book now 
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About Sean Taylor

Sean Taylor has written more than 40 books for young readers. These include the Purple Class series of comic adventures set in an urban primary school, a collection of folktales from the Amazon called The Great Snake, a novel for teenagers called A Waste of Good Paper, and picture book...

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About Jean Jullien

Jean Jullien is a French graphic designer currently living in London. He comes from Nantes and did a graphic design degree in Quimper before coming to London. He graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2008 and from the Royal College of Art in 2010.  His practice ranges from Illu...

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