We switched gears from our last book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and read Hoot by Carl Hiaasen. Hoot has no wizards, magic or supernatural creatures. There are some pretty interesting moral battles. This book was very environmental and dealt with some political hot buttons; I’d say it’s more appropriate for fourth grade and older.
We started off our Book Club by learning more about the star of the book, burrowing owls. These little guys stand between eight and eleven inches, only weighing in at about six ounces. Somewhere in that petite package lays the ability to form more than 17 vocalizations. If tiny cute owls aren’t your thing, you could fit in a lesson about alligators, cotton mouth moccasins, the Florida everglades, or Seminole Indians.
There are a ton of adorable owl crafts, including our creative paper plate owls. We went a different way and each drew a wanted poster of one of the main characters, Mullet Fingers. He might be hard to find; there’s some contradictory details from the color of his hair and eyes to details of the reward. We even have a couple of colorful drawings added to our book club; one of the construction site and the other was a sparkling cotton mouth moccasins.
No book club is complete without lip-smacking and entertaining refreshments. Peanut butter cookies or pancakes would have fit in nicely with Hoot, but we stuck to the owl theme and made these adorable cupcakes embellished with Oreos and Reese’s Pieces.