“Hoot & Honk Just Can’t Sleep” by Leslie Helakoski is a wonderfully whimsical hardcover children’s book that depicts the issues that result from two bird eggs inadvertently switching places after a storm. The vivid drawings are accompanied by succinct words that describe a gosling hatching in an owl’s nest while the rightful resident hatches in the nest the gosling’s egg came from. Not only is there an issue with the diet and the sleep cycle, but the surroundings just aren’t quite right for each new hatchling.
This is a great book for teaching a child about different species of animals and the concept of diurnal and nocturnal lifestyles. The cute rhymes convey the story that is portrayed in the pictures but my literal mind can’t help wondering whether there are truly blue owls and how each chick could be restored to its natural habitat, lol.
Dark sky. Wake or doze?
Some eyes open. Some eyes close.
Some chicks like day, others like night. Some sleep in the dark, and some in the light. Hoot, an adorable owlet, and Honk, a fuzzy gosling, have just hatched—but their eggs got switched and now they’re in the wrong nests. Will they find their way home? Leslie Helakoski’s gentle, lilting verse and irresistible illustrations make the perfect bedtime story as they capture two adorable babies exploring the world for the first time.