Kid’s Book Review: Saving Mr Hoot

Kid’s Book Review: Saving Mr Hoot

About the Book and Author / Illustrator

This delightful picture book is by one of our favourite authors and illustrators – Helen Stephens. It is about a boy who has a special friendship with an owl that he calls from his bedroom to named Mr Hoot. The grown-ups think Mr Hoot is only an imaginary friend so, you can imagine the boy’s concern when he learns that Mr Hoot’s home is going to be cut down…

This is a warm, funny and inspiring story with a message about how we can all help protect the wildlife that lives all around us and how sometimes the youngest of us can make the biggest difference and be the most influential.

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Helen Stephens

Helen Stephens is an author, illustrator, picture book maker of the How to Hide a Lion series and many more books for children.

Helen’s books can be read in over 25 languages and have been selected as ‘Book of the Year’ in The Guardian and The Times. Her work has featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times & Uppercase Magazine. How to Hide a Lion was adapted for stage by the Polka Theatre, and toured the UK.

Book Review


Kit and his sister were enthralled the first time we read the story.

Kit loved joining in with Ben’s hoots and spotting the different creatures that also live in Mr Hoot’s tree.

We also did a lot of counting: animals, owls, eggs in the tree.

The book led on to discussions of what owls eat, where they live near us (the tree at the end of our lane) and what conservation is and why it’s important.

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Whichever you choose, we hope you enjoy being part of your unique reading community – happy reading everyone!


Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Kit
  • Age: 2 years
  • Likes: Playing on the swings, anything pink and Lego
  • Dislikes: Hand washing and long car journeys
  • Favourite Book: Car Car Truck Jeep by Katrina Charman
  • Favourite Song: The Big Bang Theory theme tune
  • Favourite Film: The Clangers (TV)