Ten Owies

ten owies

A hilarious story about ten silly children who accidently end up with ten silly owies. This big-hearted, positive-minded picture book is an irreverent ode to the most universal of all childhood experiences—the “boo-boo”—and a perfect book to share with anyone recovering from a scraped knee or stubbed toe.

Ouch, that hurt!

From ice-cream induced brain freezes to bee stings to stubbed toes and bruises, ten children get ten owies that can only be cured by the following: a kiss, a hug, lots of love, and as many colorful Band-Aids as possible.

Full of rhythm, repetition, playful language, silliness, and love, Ten Owies introduces young readers to numbers from one to ten, as well as the notion that everyone gets a “boo-boo” every now and then. Tony Johnston’s silly text, combined with Annabel Tempest’s lively illustrations, captures all the drama of childhood while also offering plenty of humor, sympathy, and healing. The perfect book to share with a child needing a little tender love and care!---from the publisher

40 pages 978-0062644602 Ages 4-8

Keywords: counting, love, fun, humor, childhood, accidents, healing, 4 year old, 5 year old, 6 year old, 7 year old, 8 year old


“Yowie, Zowie! I've got an owie!

Owie! Owie! Ouch, ouch, ouch!”

–learned at a long-ago, early childhood workshop

True story: So, I was in Whole Foods the other day, and the pineapples were on sale. I saw a big, juicy one toward the back of the pile, but when I reached out to grab it, a sharp, pointy leaf in its crown sliced my finger. It didn’t bleed, but it really, really stung. Owie!

“Anita picked some posies.

She picked a pink sweet pea.

She chose a rose


got stingered by a bee.


We love sharing our tales of woe, especially young children at a circle or sharing time. The rhythmic and rollicking TEN OWIES by Tony Johnston features a catchy series of rhymes about the delightful variety of owies that befall ten kids in the book.

You could easily read this book on a monthly basis, and the kids will be forever ready and excited to recount their own latest experiences with scrapes, bangs, bites, itches, sprains, or hair pulls.  And err...I guess plenty of us grownups with our own aches and pains like to talk about the same things too.

TEN OWIES will reassure kids that occasional pains are just a normal part of life and will go away. Talking about owies may make them less scary.

I would follow up by encouraging them to illustrate their owie experiences. Older kids might even try writing a verse about themselves in the same A-B-C-B pattern.

40 pages                                    978-0-06-264460-2

Recommended by:  Richie Partington, MLIS California USA

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