Jacey’s Epic Love of Picture Books: #21!

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Little Owl’s Night & Little Owl’s Day, by Divya Srinivasan.

Since they’re two variants on the same general story (Little Owl experiences both night and day, respectively), and I’ve the same things to say about them both, I’m just lumping these two together in a joint review. And really, if you buy one, you should buy the set.
The Good: Do I even need to say it? Her art is wonderful. It’s cutesy and childlike (those giant eyes!) and highly appealing, yes, but it’s her colouring that really pulls me in. Her use of gradient, in particular — she perfectly evokes the feeling of watching night turn into day, of watching day turn into night.

It’s adorable, but it’s also incredibly atmospheric.

The books feel like dawn. Like twilight.
The Not-So-Good: Her text just can’t compare to her art. It isn’t bad, by any means, but it’s obvious she’s an artist first and foremost, not a writer. And when put with such exceptional art, her prose just pales and distracts from the art itself.

In all fairness, though, finding prose that could hold its own here would be something of a feat. Still, I’d love to see her pair up with a stronger author (or become one herself!), or do a textless picture book instead. Something where her art isn’t distracted from.
The Most Important Thing: The scene in Little Owl’s Day where Bear, seeing Little Owl awake during the day for the very first time, seizes the opportunity to take him to a waterfall and show him a rainbow. Seriously. Out of all the cute things abounding in these books, this has got to be the cutest.

And that’s saying something. :)


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