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Wednesday 9 March 2011

Review: The Staring Owl

So loving dry humour in a picture book and author/illustrator Luke Edwards has it in spades.

Owl is good at staring. In fact, that's all he's really good at. And this can be both a blessing and a curse. You see, most people aren't used to being stared at. It kind of freaks them out after a while, making the perpetrator into some kind of reclusive weirdo.

To comfort himself, Owl would go to places where staring was ok. The art gallery was a particular favourite. He also considered joining the Air Force because he'd heard a whole lot of eyeballing went on there.

He even considered becoming a therapist - where eye contact is considered important - but figured he wouldn't get far on account of the fact that his only other means of communication was by hooting.

Poor Owl. A social outcast - he never dreamed he would one day be offered the job of his dreams . . . a job that would make him so happy, he becomes compelled to start a Stare Club to promote awareness and help other starers hone their ability.

With dark yet striking and oddly funny charcoal drawings throughout, The Staring Owl is a clever, very witty picture book. It's a little text heavy so would better suit older children. The text nonetheless flows deliciously and is a joy to read. And yes, you will find yourself staring at the pages a little longer than normal.

Loving the Stare Club Home Practice Kit at the back of the book, too - great value for money. The Staring Owl has it all, really.

Title: The Staring Owl
Author/Illustrator: Luke Edwards
Publisher: Scholastic Australia, $22.99
Publication Date: October 2010
Format: Hard cover
ISBN: 9781862919112
For ages: 5 - 10
Type: Picture Book