Little Owl’s First Day

Reviewed By  Grasshopper2       September 26, 2018


Author  Debi Gliori. Illustrations Alison Brown

Distributor:      Bloomsbury Childrens Books
ISBN:                 9781408892190
Publisher:         Bloomsbury Childrens Books
Release Date:   September 2018  


This charming story deals with the subject of a child’s first day at school. Using owls as the characters, the author has the reader one step removed from the issue. However, there is no doubt that the subject is clear and the problems the same as for a human child. The illustrations delightfully show expression and emotions and preclude the need for explanations.

It is little Owl’s first day at school and he would rather be at home with Mummy and baby owl. By using diplomacy, Mummy owl gets little Owl to school. Once at school there are many interesting things to do, but little Owl would still rather be at home….except…is that really a rocket ship they are building? Steadfastly refusing to take part in any activities, it is not lost on little Owl the other children are having fun. Eventually there is a lesson that is so much fun that he can’t help but join in.

The illustrations are very suitable for this story. Small cameo pictures outline the slow progress that is made. Double page illustrations explode with fun and colour, outlining just what little Owl is missing out on. This is a wonderful story to share with early school children who may have misgivings or negative thoughts about early days at school. It is gently and positively told. Older children will enjoy the tale as well as they will find comfort in the familiarity of routines that were once strange to them as well.