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Review: Owls Our Most Charming Bird by Matt Sewell

Owls Our Most Charming BirdsOwls Our Most Charming Bird by Matt Sewell

Published November 13th 2014 by Ebury Press.


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In this beautiful follow-up to Our Garden Birds, Our Songbirds and Our Woodland Birds, street artist Matt Sewell captures the world’s most evocative bird: the owl. In his much-loved pop-art watercolours and accompanied with his whimsical descriptions, Matt Sewell expresses the individual characters of owls as never before.

From tiny Elf Owls to huge Eagle Owls, from the mysterious creatures of the night to an impossibly fluffy baby owl, they are undoubtedly one of the world’s most intriguing feathered friends. These wise, magical birds are otherworldly in their striking colours and stature, and it’s not just birdwatchers who are obsessed. With 50 hand-selected, hand-painted owls, this is a delightful gift which appeals to owl lovers, bird-watching enthusiasts, children, adults and art and design fans alike. (Goodreads)

This charming book has over 40 individual illustrations of owls. There are four categories: woodland owls, tropical owls, wilderness owls, and desert owls. Each illustration is accompanied by a bit of information on each owl. The information can range from descriptors, to witty banter, to outright owl jokes, to general information on how each owl was named. The watercolor illustrations are lovely, but do not make for a true field guide by any means. It’s a bit more on the conversational side, “Yes, he is great, isn’t he?” and “Who have we got here, then?” You can tell Sewell has a fondness for owls. His use of metaphors does not go unnoticed either. There is a “spotting and jotting” section near the end that allows you to mark off owls as you spot them. I doubt I would use this book for that purpose however it was a nice touch.

Long-earred Owl

I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for review.


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