Book Description (from NetGalley)
Mr. Owliver loves his job as nightwatchman for the Animaltown Art Museum, partly because he’s an owl and is up at night anyway, but mostly because he’s proud to protect such beautiful works of art. His friends think he must be lonely, but he has the company of the all subjects in the paintings. One in particular, the lovely Ms. Wren in Auguste Wrenoir’s The Loge, is his favorite. One night on his birthday he has a feeling things aren’t as they should be. That’s when he makes a startling discovery that begins a night full of surprises. This is definitely a birthday Mr. Owliver will never forget! This book is designed to introduce children to some famous masterpieces while entertaining the adult reader with visual puns.
This is an utterly captivating book. The art is clever and amusing, the story is charming. This would be a marvelous way to introduce young children to the world of fine art. It would also be a great birthday book, as Mr. Owliver does have a most entertaining birthday party.
I do wish that images of the original versions of these art works might be included in the informative appendix that provides information about the art works and where the originals are to be found. Perhaps it was too challenging to get approval to show these images? But this book offers a great opportunity to provide children with some quality education in an appealing way. What a great gift!
My thanks to author, publisher and NetGalley for providing an advance copy to read and review.