Sunday, November 25, 2012

Monday Musings: The Legend of Santa Owl, a review

The Legend of Santa Owl, by Dvora Swickle, is a cute holiday children's book. I will be honest, children's books are not the normal genre that I read. I haven't had small children for a number of years. However, I do have four and five year old grandchildren.

 The story follows a squirrel, named Norman, as he discovers the holiday celebrated by humans, known as Christmas, with the help of his friend Ollie the Owl.

The story would appeal to younger children in the toddler age to Kindergartenish group vs. young readers. What I like about the book is the author leaves opportunity for discussion about friends, animals, Santa Claus, and Christmas in general.

From a child's point of view, the book is cute, and doesn't require deep thought to understand the basic theme. In my opinion, the book is written for the pure entertainment of children.

It does seem to have some technical flaws, but I don't think children will notice them. That's the point anyway; entertainment of children. Overall, if I were to rate the book, I would give it four stars, based on layout, and difficulty in reading. I expected more of a poetic read based on the layout of the words, but I'm not a children's book reader, so I wouldn't read too much into that statement.

I read this book to my grandchildren and they enjoyed it very much. I can't tell you their favorite parts because I don't believe in spoilers. However, my granddaughter really liked the little squirrel, and my grandson thoroughly enjoyed the owl. They both liked Santa Claus and the reindeer. We had a great time together laughing and talking about each page. I would recommend this children's book for young children.


Note to readers: As I have said before, I don't do book reviews often, because I am a slow analytical reader. Also, I can be highly critical at times with expectations far greater than are necessary in today's world. As I read a book, I will post my thoughts here. I am not by any means a professional reviewer, nor am I book review blogger. No need to send inquiries.