Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Review - Owl Know How


If you live in Melbourne-town you're likely to have heard of this amazing book project, Owl Know How. If not, read on, because I guarantee you will fall in love with this gorgeous children's book.

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Owl Know How is about how Cornelia Rabbit uses her ingenuity (owl-know-how) to solve the problem of her cloud city falling into the treetops. I particularly like the scenes where the upper tree branches start intruding on their every day lives...so funny! Cornelia's solution to this problem is clever, adorable and quirky all at the same time.

I'll give you a hint: there are owls involved ;)

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And as if the storyline itself wasn't drawcard enough, you will be charmed and amazed at the illustrations, which are actually photographs of the characters - softie rabbits and owls -  all individually handmade out of felt. Yup, made by hand. The city in which their story is enacted is also handmade out of cardboard. The work that went into the creation of this book is awe-inspiring.

The book also comes with a bonus owl pattern inside so you can create your own owl softie!

Owl Know How exhibition at No Vacancy

I went along to the recent exhibition of the original work at No Vacancy Gallery with my friend Ros from Sew Delicious and I'm so glad we did! It was amazing to see the gorgeous detail of the 'sets' up close and even better, Cat Rabbit and Isobel Knowles were there so we got our books signed too. I'm such a sucker for a signed book. What a thrill!

My signed copy - hooray!

For more check out the Owl Know How website
Read about the creation process on the Design Files Guest blog
Watch a cute Owl Know How short film
You can buy the book (and associated sweet things) on Etsy
Owl Know How is published by Thames and Hudson