Vendor
Mohrbooks Literary Agency
Published by
G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers (2020-03-03)
Current material
Final Pages
Original language
English
Themas
Children’s picture books
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WHOO-KU HAIKU

A Great Horned Owl Story

by Gianferrari, MariaVoss, Jonathan

Stunning illustrations and gorgeous haikus lead young readers through the dramatic life cycle of one of America's most beloved wild animals.

Pip. Pip. Pip. Poking
A hole. Cracking. Cracking. Out
Pecks the white owlet.

Watch as a pair of great horned owlets peep and squeak in their feathered nest. Mama and Papa hunt for food and fend off predators while the chicks grow strong enough to hop and flap between the branches of their tree, then leap and fly away, ready to explore the wild world around them.

In this thrilling nonfiction picture book, a combination of haiku and dazzling illustration shows readers the fierce majesty of one of North America's most ubiquitous wild animals.

Maria Gianferrari is a self-proclaimed bird nerd with a special fondness for raptors. Her love affair with birds began in 7th grade science class when her teacher, Mr. Lefebvre, initiated a bird count. While walking her dog, Becca, Maria's always on the look-out for birds, and she loves searching winter tree tops for nests. Maria lives in northern Virginia with her German-scientist husband, German speaking daughter and rescue mutt, Becca. This is her first book with G.P. Putnam's Sons. She's also the author of another bird book, Hawk Rising. To learn more about Maria, please visit her website: mariagianferrari.com.

Jonathan D. Voss writes and illustrates stories for children. Growing up, he was never far from a pencil or paint brush, and began working as a portrait artist right out of high school. Jonathan is the author and illustrator of the Hoot & Olive stories Brave Enough For Two and Imagine That. He is also the illustrator of Sally Walker's Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh. Jonathan lives in North Carolina with his wife and two kids. Visit his website at jonathandvoss.com.

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Mohrbooks Literary Agency
Annelie Geissler

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Comments

Gianferrari tells this avian story wholly in haiku, introducing children to an easy-to-grasp poetic form, against the appropriately moody naturalistic wash of Voss's stunning picture, in sepia ink and watercolor.

Review: The New York Times Book Review

Vivid and accessible: an illuminating portrait of one of nature's most iconic birds.

Review: Kirkus

Invoking simple imagery, each haiku delivers only the necessary information, allowing Voss's lush ink and watercolor illustrations to fill in the gaps. The realistic paintings match the tone and mood of the poetry during both quiet and urgent moments.

Review: Horn Book, starred review

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