Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Otto The Book Bear - a book review

Hi everyone.   Welcome to Storywraps today.  Here is the answer to yesterday's book quote.  The quote I pulled for you was....

"The Lupin lady lives in a small house overlooking the sea."  The book I extracted it from was "Miss Rumphius" by Barbara Cooney.  I hope you guessed right and good for you if you did.

Today's quote is:

"So please, oh please, we beg, we pray, go throw your TV set away, and in its place you can install, a lovely bookshelf on the wall."

Today's featured book is:

Title:  Otto The Book Bear

Author and Illustrator:  Katie Cleminson

Ages:  K-Gr. 2

Take a peek inside:

What's it all about:

Otto is a charming little brown bear who calls a book his home.  He loves it there and is happiest when his story is being read.  Otto is unique (or so he thinks) because he has the ability at night to climb out of his book and go exploring.  At first he explores all around his owners home but soon farther distances call him as he becomes even more adventurous.

One night, on his return, he finds his bookshelf completely empty and his owners gone.  They have moved away and taken his home with them.   Distraught and forlorn he is beside himself.  His sits down, regroups, plucks up some courage, straps on his little red bag and off he goes hunting....off to find a new home.  He wanders aimlessly and discontented with his options until he stumbles upon a huge building that is lit up and looks inviting.  As he enters he discovers a whole world of books, he uncovers a load of storybook characters just like himself, who befriend him, and best of all, happy children who love to read stories over and over again. He finds his perfect home.

I love the illustrations.  They are pen and ink with watercolours and are simple, kind of a vintage flair, reminiscent of Beatrix Potter or Winnie the Pooh.  I highly recommend this book.

About the author:

Katie Cleminson studied Illustration for Children's Publishing at North Wales School of Art; she graduated in 2007 with a First Class Honours degree and her work has been exhibited in London, Poland, Italy, Japan and Korea. Katie lives in England.

Book Review Rating:  8 (Fantastic!)

Read on and read always!  Have a wonderful day everyone.

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