The Happy Owls

English full color throughout $ 17.95 US / $ 23.95 CAD Hardcover / 11 x 8.5 32 pages / ages 4 to 8 ISBN: 978-0-7358-4483-4

The Happy Owls

A beautiful, classic addition to the family bookshelf—with beloved Swiss designer, Celestino Piatti’s fun and retro illustrations! 

This classic fable about enjoying the miracle of everyday life, first illustrated by Celestino Piatti in 1963, is being reissued in celebration of Piatti’s distinctive artwork. Known for his innovative use of fonts, Piatti once said, “You can draw an owl a thousand times, and never find out its secret.”

Why are these owls so happy? That’s just what the chickens, ducks, and geese want to know. But when they send a peacock over to find out why, they’re incredulous at the reply. How could anyone be happy simply to see the rain and sunshine? What could be so joyful about the flowers and butterflies?

Read our blog about Piatti’s lasting influence on prominent designers Steff Geissbuhler and Alison and Robert Probst.

Discover Piatti-inspired art projects created by barley & birch here. 

Every imaginative child will cherish this rare and beautiful book.
New York Times Book Review

It should be two stars-- one for each eye. The use of brilliant color is beyond simple description-- it's an eye-fest.
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Piatti was a transformational graphic artist whose unmistakable work will be familiar to many readers.
Susan Harari, Boston Latin School, Youth Services Book Review