Title: Night Owl
Author: Toni Yuly
Illustrator: Toni Yuly
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Word Count: 140
Story Element PACING Toni Yuly does a great job of pacing this sweet little story for the youngest listeners. With pictures and sparse text, Night Owl is a perfect bedtime story.
She begins by telling the reader that Night Owl likes to stay up late. Now, I know a lot of toddlers and preschoolers and all of them like to think they are night owls too. They have an immediate connection to the main character. So they are happy to join in Night Owl’s nighttime adventure.
Then the problem is introduced. Night Owl looks around and finds that he is alone.
Where is Mommy Owl?
Through a series of noises, Night Owl listens for his mommy.
He hears a woodpecker tapping, a train whistling, a cricket chirping, and a toad croaking.
Tap, tap, tap. Tooooot Toooooot. Chirp Chirp. Croak Croak.
When the sky starts making noise and Night Owl starts going home, the suspense builds. Will Night Owl find his mommy? Will he get home before the storm hits?
Pitter Patter. Whooosh. Rumble Rumble Rumble. BOOM!
Night Owl is home. He tells himself that he is brave. He closes his eyes and listens. Then he hears a familiar sound.
It’s Mommy Owl.
Even the bravest preschooler will agree… That’s
the nicest sound of all
Night Owl closes his eyes and goes to sleep under Mommy Owl’s wing.
Paced so perfectly and quietly, your toddler is now ready for sleep.