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Fuse 8 n’ Kate: Owl Babies by Martin Waddell, ill. Patrick Benson

I didn’t want to have a whole conversation about elongated eye tubes. I really, really didn’t, but that’s the price you pay when you show my sister Owl Babies. Today we tackled the ebook edition of the picture book (rather than board book) version of this title and it makes for an interesting read. We end up wondering about where the gutter falls on certain two-page spreads, and discuss repetition in picture book texts and what this book has to do with working mothers.

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Show Notes:

Kate says that this is what her dog looks like right now thanks to all the fireworks.

One problem had with the book was the height difference between these siblings. So I broke out my pseudo-falcon knowledge to justify a lot of the differences here. As I say, “Maybe Bill is standing in a hole.” We don’t know! We can’t see his feet!

“Kid! Contribute to the conversation or get back in the hole!” This forest scene sort of reminded Kate of Where the Wild Things Are with its pen work and forest scene. Plus, Benson did some really nice nighttime scenes.

This is the problem with ebooks. Where did the gutter go on this two-page spread? It’s gorgeous without the gutter!

I’ve never seen this before. You get to the end of this ebook and these are the books that they recommend. It amused me HUGELY that they recommended Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise, which I happen to love, personally.

Josh Funk is correct. Splash Mountain will indeed be redone.

The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore was, I believe, an Oscar-winning short animated film. You can see it here:

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.


  1. Danielle says:

    I’m aghast. Aghast. Kate, you’re wrong, I’m afraid. This is a classic–so fun to read in a storytime or in a lapsit!