CORNELIA Rabbit and her best friend Orvi live in Cloud Town, a small village nestled amongst a bed of fluffy white clouds. Not a lot happens here, but everyone lives in harmony, tootling about, doing their own thing.
Cornelia’s ‘thing’ is making owls. Seated at her tiny chair at her tiny table, she makes wee owls that actually fly. Life is good. Life is quiet – until one morning when something very strange happens.
“Look! A horrible branch monster!” cried Orvi through the window.”
Soon Cloud Town is invaded by black, sharp twigs but just when everyone is on the verge of giving up hope, Cornelia has an idea…
The first thing you need to know is that everything you see in Owl Know How was handmade by the authors. Every little detail, from the individual leaves on the tress to Cornelia’s sewing machine, was carefully created and constructed from scratch using mostly felt, cardboard and paper.
The text is direct, clear and entertaining – perfect for very young readers, but it’s the images that makes the book stand out. There’s even an extra little something tucked inside a paper pocket at the end of the book that compliments the whole experience.
I was lucky enough to interview Cat (also a well-known Australian maker/artist) and Isobel (an artist/animator) in their Melbourne studio. You can find that interview and the wonderful short film they made to promote the book here.
If you live in Melbourne, you can also see many of the books’ cute characters in the front window of The Little Bookroom at 5 Degraves Street. Well worth the trip.
Readers three and up.
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