Owls in the Family

Owls in the Family

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Every child needs to have a pet. No one could argue with that.

But what happens when your pet is an owl, and your owl is terrorizing the neighbourhood?

In Farley Mowat's exciting children's story, a young boy's pet menagerie - which includes crows, magpies, gophers and a dog - grows out of control with the addition of two cantankerous pet owls. The story of how Wol and Weeps turn the whole town upside down is warm, funny, and bursting with adventure and suspense.


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Publisher: Toronto : Emblem, 2009, c1961
ISBN: 9780771064623
Branch Call Number: J MOW
Characteristics: 101 p. ; 21 cm

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Liber_vermis
Sep 26, 2018

Reflecting the social values of the author's childhood in Saskatoon in the 1930s, the wild egg stealing, crow massacring, and free-ranging children may disturb many contemporary readers. The only improvement to this reissue would be the addition of simple sketches of owls, gophers, and "Mowat's Prairie Schooner" to compliment the text (similar to the books by E.T. Seton).

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Tinaandbecca123
Jul 16, 2016

This was a good book that I would recommend to people. I liked learning about Wol's and Weeps' behaviours. I liked the funny parts as well as the parts where I felt touched.

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mckeett
Mar 05, 2016

Fun book, especially if you grew up in western Canada.

vpl_childrens Dec 15, 2015

This is the funny and touching story of Wol and Weeps, great horned owls that create mayhem when they are adopted by two young boys. When owls take over both a house and a neighbourhood, there's no telling what might happen!

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glenna14
May 22, 2015

As enjoyable to read as an adult as I remember from my elementary. I like Mr. Mowat's Canadian colloquisisms.

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flowergirl101
Jun 05, 2014

Super great book! read it in 3 days and loved it!

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PERCY A J MCDONALD
Jul 16, 2012

I remember reading this book as a young boy and I am going to read it again, excellent author and excellent book ;)

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rossmags333
Jan 19, 2012

I read this book to my son when he was younger and we both thoroughly enjoyed the story and had a lot of laughs also! A great book for all ages!

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llws
Jan 03, 2012

Great read aloud with a strong sense of place from northern writer Mowat. Humorous tales of raising two owls in the high prairie town of Saskatoon as a youth.

mummy4 Nov 15, 2010

great story for everyone

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Liber_vermis
Sep 26, 2018

Every child needs to have a pet - no one could argue with that. But what happens when your pet is an owl, and your owl is terrorizing the neighbourhood? In Farley Mowat's novel, published in 1961, a young boy's pet menagerie (of dogs, gophers and white rats) grows out of control with the addition of two troublesome pet owls. The story of how Wol and Weeps turn the whole town upside down is warm, funny and bursting with adventure and suspense.

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ryrudy
Jul 27, 2013

"Sometimes it took Wol an hour or more to cross the lawn; but he did it so quietly and cautiously that Mutt never really had a chance.

When he had sneaked up close enough, Wol would raise one big foot and -- very, very gently -- lower it over the end of Mutt's long and bushy tail. Then Wol would let out a piercing scream and at the same moment he would give the tail a good hard squeeze."

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