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What a Hoot!


A companion to the best-sellingHot Dog, Cold Dog,Frann Preston-Gannon's new lap-sized boardbook,What a Hoot!explores opposites through the antics of adorable owls.
Wide-eyed and plump, Frann's colorful little owls cavort happily through these pages--sloshing through the mud in a pair of rainboots ("This one's dirty") or nose-to-nose with a rubber ducky in a sudsy tub ("That one's clean"), they embody simple opposites that kids will immediately appreciate. A surprise ending adds to the read-aloud fun.

·In addition to the irresistibly cute owls, each spread includes other funny things for kids to spot, from "hidden" treats to a sneaky snail

·Rhyming text makes this a great read-aloud while repetition encourages early reading skills

·Story closes with a birthday party scene for all the owls

Praise for Frann's previous book, Hot Dog, Cold Dog:

"Preston-Gannon's simple words will have children reading along in no time. The instant I started to read the story to my son I started to do it with a sing-song rhythm and continue to do so every time I read it. The simple text and rhyming will instantly draw your child in and have them wanting you to read it over and over again!" - Pawing Through Books

"This larger format board book is a bright and bold delight. Each spread shows a dog but simple opposites (new dog, old dog) become increasingly surprising and more inventive with each turn of the page." - Books For Keeps

Frann Preston-Gannon is a London-based illustrator and author (and former bookseller), whose books include the bestselling Hot Dog, Cold Dog (POW! 2013) and How to Lose a Lemur (Sterling, 2013). Her varied clients have included The Sunday Times and Burt's Bees. Her first book, The Journey Home, was published in October 2011 and was shortlisted for four separate book awards including the Waterstone's Children's Prize. Frann was the UK's first ever Sendak Fellowship recipient, which sent her to work in residence with Maurice Sendak on his estate in Connecticut before his death in 2012. Visit her website,

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