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February 1, 2017


By Philip Bunting, Scholastic, 2017.

Cover of a book showing a collage of a mopoke owl

‘This is a Mopoke. Mopoke loves peace and quiet. He is about to find out that you can’t always get what you want.’

Mopokes love the peace and quiet, but this little mopoke doesn’t really get much of that!

Mopoke. is such a funny little story that even adults will enjoy it. Philip Bunting tells a tale with pictures and minimal text, but this book is definitely visually quirky with a hysterical tale to tell.

Using as few words as possible, this author-illustrator has enjoyed a play on the word mopoke, and poked all manner of things!

This book should become a classic.

NB: A mopoke is a southern Australian boobook owl. It is Australia’s smallest and most common owl species.


Honours for The Picture Book of the Year 2018 by Children’s Book Council of Australia.

Shortlisted for:

  • Crichton Award for New Illustrators 2018 by Children’s Book Council of Australia.

Longlisted for:

  • Kate Greenaway Medal 2018.
  • Indie Book Awards.
  • Best Designed Children’s Illustrated Book 2018 by Australian Book Design Awards.
  • Picture Book of the Year 2018 by Australian Book Industry Awards.

Finalist for:

  • Best Children’s Books 2017 by The Guardian.

Wrap Up


  • 8.2/10
  • 7.9/10
  • 1.5/10
    Educational content
  • 8.7/10
  • 8/10


  • Gets your giggles up!
  • Words and pictures work seamlessly together.


  • A very short read, which means it's over too soon!

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