Owl Know How

Oh sweet goodness.  Want to be overwhelmed by cuteness?  This is Owl Know How.  First published by Thames & Hudson in Australia, this adorable picture book has just been released in the United States by Gibbs Smith.  (Yes, they are the company who is publishing Anorak magazine for North American audiences.  And they also publish the awesome Baby Lit series.)

It's about bunnies who live in a city in the clouds.  Oh no, their city is sinking into the trees!  But Cornelia, who loves to make owls (that really fly!), has an idea.  The text is okay, but the pictures are what make this picture book special.  Everything looks so magical.

I pre-ordered this book not long after Christmas.  I was looking at the Gibbs Smith website (Anorak or Baby Lit brought me there) and saw this advertised.  I love owls.  Love, love, love owls.  Did I mention I love owls?

And then I found OwlKnowHow.com, and ohmygoodnesslookhowawesomelyadorablethisis!!!!!

Here is the video that inspired the book.

A film by Isobel Knowles made with the magical characters of Cat Rabbit. Set by Isobel & Cat, sound design by Finn Robertson and music by Billy Whims. Thanks to Rebecca Hayes and Abby Fraser. 
Exhibited at No-Vacancy Project Space April/May 2011.

You can read about the amazing artists behind the book at the website, too.  And they have an Etsy store!

Here's a bit more of the book.

Owl Know How by Cat Rabbit & Isobel Knowles.  Originally published by Thames & Hudson Australia, 2012.
North American edition published by Gibbs Smith, 2013. 

Yes, it comes with a pattern for a "simplified version of Cornelia's owls designed especially for the little fingers of Owl Know How's readers."  It's also on the website.  When I have time again, I must try this.  I'm hoping it's also simple enough for frazzled mommies with sad-to-mediocre sewing skills!

More links:
Owl Know How on Facebook
Isobel Knowles's website
Cat Rabbit's website
Cat Rabbit Plush on Etsy

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  1. Oh wow! Those guys are so cute- love the creative artistic genius here. very cool!

    1. Isn't it awesome? I don't know that I've ever impulsively ordered a book without hearing so little about it before. I just knew it was going to appeal to me.

  2. Oooooh! This is SO CUTE. Love the 3D and little dollies. What a fun book!

    1. I love the dolls with their droopy expressions. They make me happy.

  3. They're adorable! I love those super cute characters in children's books. Magical indeed. :)

  4. That video is amazing (and amazingly cute). You'll have to show us your owl when you get around to making it!

    1. I'm sure it will be a jokey post where I make fun of my minimal sewing abilities or where I try to pass it off as the work of one of the girls...


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