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Owl Diaries: Eva and the New Owl (Book 4) by Rebecca Elliott

Source: Purchased
Paperback, 80 pgs
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Owl Diaries: Eva and the New Owl by Rebecca Elliott is the fourth book in this illustrated series of chapter books for younger readers. My daughter is so eager to read these, it is tough to say no even when it is a school night and it’s past her bedtime.

Eva’s class learns that a new owl will be joining the class, and the whole place is aflutter with anticipation. Eva is determined to make friends with the new owl, and to make sure that the new owl is not friends with Meany McMeanerson, aka Sue.  Lucy, Eva’s best friend, also wants to be friends with the new owl, but Eva is so enthusiastic that she loses her focus and starts to neglect her best friend.

Without preaching too much, Eva’s mother offers her daughter some sound advice about friendships.  Elliott certainly understands what keeps younger kids interested in stories — colorful pictures and stories they can relate to — and this fourth book is definitely engaging.

Owl Diaries: Eva and the New Owl by Rebecca Elliott will teach kids about what it means to be a true friend and how new owls shouldn’t take the place of the old. I love that this series has comprehension questions in the back that are fun for kids, allowing them to revisit the story after they’ve finished reading it.

RATING: Cinquain

About the Author:

A school project from when Rebecca was 6 reads, ‘when I grow up I want to be an artist and a writer’. After a brief detour from this career plan involving a degree in philosophy and a dull office job she fulfilled her plan in 2001 when she became a full time children’s book illustrator and has since written and illustrated hundreds of picture books published worldwide including the award-winning Just Because, Zoo Girl, Naked Trevor, Mr Super Poopy Pants, Missing Jack and the very popular Owl Diaries series.

She lives in Suffolk in the United Kingdom with her husband, a history teacher and children, all professional monkeys.

  • Anna (Diary of an Eccentric)

    I’m glad you’re both enjoying this series so much!

  • Suko

    This sounds like another wonderful installment. I’m glad that you and your daughter enjoyed this book and series so much. Have a wonderful Christmas!

    • We love these books. It’s fun reading them with her. She’s so excited to read new chapters each night. I think we only have 3 left, so I hope Elliott writes more fast!

  • bermudaonion(Kathy)

    This sounds like such a great series!

  • Ti Reed

    I love the cover and I don’t think I would ever say no to a kid who wants to stay up to read. My kids were read to faithfully and they both hate reading, which of course, breaks my heart. My daughter did read To Kill a Mockingbird for 9th grade English and when I asked her what she thought of it, she said it was “cool” which to be honest I have no idea what she means by that.

    • Well at least she thought Mockingbird was cool. I’d take that. I don’t push the reading. I go where her passion is, even if it is not what I would want to read with her.