Saving Mr Hoot: Sometimes the smallest people make the biggest difference

Saving Mr Hoot with Helen Stephens

Join Helen Stephens, bestselling creator of the How to Hide a Lion series, in exploring the world of her latest heart-warming picture book Saving Mr Hoot.

Your pupils will find out how Helen's own love of owls inspired the story which celebrates the wonderful wildlife around us and shows that even the smallest person can help to protect it. The children may event learn how to draw Mr Hoot! 


A beautiful owl lives in the tree outside Ben’s house. Ben calls him Mr Hoot.  Every night Ben calls to him: "Hoo-hoo!" and Mr Hoot calls back: "Hoo-hoo-hoooo!" But when grown-ups want to chop down Mr Hoot’s tree, can Ben act fast enough to save him?

Saving Mr Hoot is a warm, funny and inspiring story which shows how we can all help protect the wildlife that lives all around us.

Helen Stephens is admired all round the world for her touching stories and beautiful illustrations.

  • A warmly funny environmental book with heart. Mr Hoot will inspire children to look out for, love and protect their local wildlife
  • Exquisite illustrations
  • Children will love joining in with the hooting, as Ben and Mr Hoot call to one another!

A warm, funny and inspiring story from the creator of the bestselling How to Hide a Lion series


  • Author: Helen Stephens 
  • School Years: Nursery, Reception, Yrs 1 & 2 
  • Date: 14/06/22
  • Time: 1:30-2:15pm 
  • Venue: Spiegeltent, Abbey Grounds
  • Cost: £2 per child. FREE places for pupil premium children and staff 
  • Books: Available to pre-order for dedicating and signing after the event
  • Contact: Please email [email protected] for enquiries and bookings

About Helen Stephens

Author, illustrator, picture book maker of the How to Hide a Lion series and many more books for children. Helen lives in Berwick-upon-Tweed on the Northumberland Coast.  

"Funny and warm-hearted." Axel Scheffler

"I read How to Hide a Lion with my son. We love it together." David Walliams

Helen’s books can be read in over 25 languages and have been selected as ‘Book of the Year’ in The Guardian and The Times. Her work has featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times & Uppercase Magazine.