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Whooo Knew? The Truth about Owls

Whooo Knew? The Truth about Owls (Reycraft Books, 2020) It's a question-and-answer picture book. Each page spread focuses on one Q&A. In addition to the main text and stunning photography, each page spread includes a visit from an illustrated owl whooo shares from his perspective--often with a bit of sass. This is the first book in The Truth About series.

It's time to share what my book, Whooo Knew? The Truth about Owls looks like!

I love how my editor's brilliant vision for this book comes through on every page and even the cover. 

Want to see another spread? I hope readers love these as much as I do!

Would you like to learn more about this Whooo Knew? The Truth About Owls?  I've appreciated hearing how these blog posts have been used by curious readers, teachers, and writers! 
The nonfiction writing process for the owl book Whooo Knew includes audio clips

Owl STEM activities, owl crafts, owl books and Whooo Knew book

Photo copyright and research slideshow with audio clips for The Laura Ingalls Wilder Companion and Whooo Knew

Whooo Knew? has its first review from Kirkus? You can read it at the Kirkus Review website, but I'll share it here, too! (A positive Kirkus review is a big deal in the publishing world! Of course, you can check out customer reviews online, too.)
Everything you always wanted to know about owls, from their peculiar eating habits to their unique vision, hearing, and how they raise a family. 
Transcending the usual clich├ęs we all know about owls—“the unforgettable call. The glowing eyes. The fierce beak”—this elegantly designed picture book skillfully reveals the diversity and variety intrinsic to the order. High-quality, detailed photos of a number of different species of owl are thoughtfully juxtaposed with pertinent questions, scientific information, and a cartoon great horned owl who provides humorous “Whooo Knew?” factoids. The power of this fascinating predator really comes across in the superb color photos of owls snatching and swallowing prey, vomiting up pellets, spinning their heads (yes they can do this because they have 14 neck vertebrae!), and engaging in other characteristic behavior. Each double-page spread asks a pertinent question: “What’s for dinner?”; “How do owls hunt?”; “Do owls puke?” (no, they just regurgitate pellets); “Do owls sleep all day?”; “Do owls see in the dark?”; “What good are feathers?’; “What do owl babies do?” Ever wondered what owl tufts are for? (They’re not ears but mood indicators.) There is an environmental message embedded in the book, and a section on building owl-friendly habitat offers suggestions for how readers can help. Backmatter features a brief primer on owl anatomy, instructions on how to dissect an owl pellet, and a glossary. (This book was reviewed digitally with 9-by-22.75-inch double-page spreads viewed at actual size.) 
Whooo knew? Owls are awesome. (Informational picture book. 6-10)

Whooo Knew? The Truth about Owls is now available to order from your local favorite bookstore! Just tell them the title and my name and let them know you want to pre-order it. (It may be a good idea to have the ISBN handy, too.) Online retailers will have it, too. BookShop, Barnes and Noble, and Amazon (affiliate).

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  1. Great cover Annette,and congrats on the review!!

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