Because of the movie which is coming out in the near future, I figured I should read at least one of these books, to see what they’re all about. There are 15 books in The Guardians of Ga’Hoole series by Kathryn Lasky, but they’re not very long, maybe in total they are equivalent to the entire Harry Potter series in length.
Book 1, The Capture, begins with the hatching of the barn owl Soren’s younger sister. He and his older brother are enthralled by their parents’ tales of the legends of Ga’Hoole, and have not yet begun to fly when Soren mysteriously falls out of the nest–the worst thing that could possible happen to a young owl, especially since his parents are away hunting. Soon, Soren is snatched and taken to St. Aggie’s school for owl orphans where they attempt to brainwash the owls for some sinister plan, but Soren resists.
For a series of children’s books, they’re off to a pretty good start. I wasn’t blown away by it, but I will give credit where credit is due in terms of a fairly unique idea. Even more, there was a lot of educational material about owls throughout the book, so it’s an ideal read for a young, reluctant reader. There are some jokes that boys would like about the different types of bird poop, but there are a lot of good moments. It’s an incredibly quick read, and is very, very light.
I don’t know if I will read the next book or books, but I certainly have become more interested in the upcoming film The Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, which looks phenomenal, at least in terms of animation. Be sure to watch this in HD!