Thursday, April 11, 2019

Kids Will Love "Hoo Hoo Who?," a Cute Interactive Book That Will Have Using Clues to Help Owl Figure Out Who is at the Door (Review)

Disclosure: I was sent a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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Owl needs your help. 
Use the clues to find out WHO is coming to the party...
and don't forget to yell SURPRISE!

I recently read about a new children's picture book, "Hoo Hoo Who?," which released back in February, and has become an instant hit with families, especially those with children of autism.  Even though my girls are autistic, some of their friends or friends' siblings are, and they have seen some of their struggles, especially with learning.

I reached out the publisher to see about getting a copy of this book sent to me, not just to share with my girls, but to pass along to friends and family to share and enjoy with their kids.  When I first received the book, I didn't tell the girls what it was about.  I wanted them to pick up on the book concept, which has the reader trying to figure out who is coming to the party, by using clues shared throughout the book.  

As soon as we started reading this book, I could see my girls getting into it.  There really aren't many books out there written like that and that have kids trying to answer "Who" questions.  This is a great book for young children who are working on reading comprehension skills, and that like to play detective.  It also gets kids excited about reading, and seeing all the fun they can have with a book.  Sometimes you are brought on fun adventures or taught something new, and other times you can help solve mysteries or use clues to answer "who" questions, like in this cute picture book.

My girls really enjoyed this book, and had me read this book to them over and over again, before we handed it off for family and friends to read.  And, everyone who borrowed the book came back with the same remarks...what a great book, and they loved the concept.  Their kids really got into the story and loved being able to help Owl figure out which guests were at the door.

I can't wait for more books to be released from Building Blocks Press, and will definitely be keeping an eye out for them.  Hoo Hoo Who? will be followed by titles focusing on “WHERE” and “WHAT”, and is the first title from Mary Maier’s new publishing company Building Block Press, a publisher of books focusing on early childhood development and thoughtful design. Hoo Hoo Who? is now available wherever books are sold through distributor National Book Network. You can find it on Amazon.

About this Book:

"You’re Invited! Mouse’s Surprise Party is today, but Owl’s glasses are broken. It’s a good thing you came along! Can you use the clues to help Owl figure out which guest is at the door? Hoo hoo who could it be?"

In this catchy and interactive book, children are encouraged to take part in the story and use expressive language to respond to Owl’s WHO questions. With engaging opportunities on every page, children will be excited to read this story again and again.
Who doesn’t love to yell, “Surprise!” and sing, “Happy Birthday”? The bold and distinctive illustrations are refreshing for parents, and particularly enthralling for children who will be naturally drawn to the curvy and circular shapes.
Why Was This Book Written?:
Here’s an excerpt from Mary’s blog explaining the importance (and shortage) of books focusing on WH- questions:
“Kids with language delays work on WH- questions A LOT. Many children know their colors, shapes, numbers, letters, but not the difference between who, what and where. These questions are the building blocks of conversations and are HUGELY important to language development. I started thinking, why didn’t I know about this? Why doesn’t every parent know about the importance of WH- questions? Why aren’t WH-question books as prevalent as shape and number books?

So I started doing some research. I wanted to find something to help with my son’s language development. All I could find were books with the word AUTISM in bold print on the front cover. No parent wants to read their child an AUTISM bedtime story—so I decided to write and illustrate my own WH- series of books for all kids, beginning with WHO. And WHO better to go on this journey with than a speech pathologist?My hope is to spread the word to ALL parents (not just to those whose children have language delays), the importance of WH- questions in language development and that they can be focused on in a fun and natural way—just like all those color books."


About the Authors:

Mary Maier graduated from Miami University, where she met her husband, with a degree in Art Education. She is an avid painter with a huge imagination; an important quality when raising two wild boys. She resides in Louisville, KY. Mary has previous experience owning a publishing company for 25+ years solely based on books about the card game bridge.
Lauren Horton received her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Ball State University in December 2016. Lauren was born in Muncie, Indiana, but now resides in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband.
Download your WHERE Flashcards and WHO Flashcards.

Disclosure: I was sent a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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