Owls by Matt Sewell
Do you like owls? Do you like cute things? Do you like tiny semi-surprising facts? Do you like charmingly twee illustrations? This book might be for you! From the size (slightly larger than 5×7″) to the design to the color palette, everything about this book is totally adorbs in a refined, carefully thought-out way.
There are illustrations for each of the fifty types of owl featured. Who knew that there were tropical owls? Each illustration is accompanied by a brief description of the bird including delightful bits of history and lore. Did you know that the Little Owl (Athene noctua) has been known as a symbol of wisdom, good fortune, and sobriety? FASCINATING. Seriously, these little descriptions of each owl are perfect bite-sized nuggets that seem bound to be referenced in literature, movies, or at the very least pub trivia. They’re so lovingly written that the author‘s passion and adoration for these birds is clear. The illustrations are deceptively simple – they appear classic and are un-fussy, and the character of each owl really comes through.
Full disclosure: I received a copy of this from Blogging for Books.