Big Top Otto

Overview

Otto the elephant continues his search for his childhood friend Georgie, a chimpanzee who was abducted from their forest home in Africa and shipped to the wilds of America by the Man with the Wooden Nose. When Otto sees a circus poster with a chimp that looks just like Georgie, he and his parrot friend, Crackers, follow the trail of the traveling circus. Along the way, they crash a football game, steal a peanut-shaped car and get thrown in jail. Will Otto and Crackers find Georgie? Or will trouble find them ...
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Overview

Otto the elephant continues his search for his childhood friend Georgie, a chimpanzee who was abducted from their forest home in Africa and shipped to the wilds of America by the Man with the Wooden Nose. When Otto sees a circus poster with a chimp that looks just like Georgie, he and his parrot friend, Crackers, follow the trail of the traveling circus. Along the way, they crash a football game, steal a peanut-shaped car and get thrown in jail. Will Otto and Crackers find Georgie? Or will trouble find them first? Big Top Otto is the second book in the Elephants Never Forget series chronicling the hilarious adventures of the tenacious pachyderm, Otto, and his wisecracking parrot pal, Crackers. Told with gentle humor and lots of visual gags, this series is an action-packed celebration of friendship and perseverance.
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
11/01/2013
Gr 3–6—Otto is traveling the American countryside, along with his friend Crackers the parrot, in search of his chimp friend, Georgie, who has been kidnapped. Falling into one humorous situation after another, the elephant finds himself accidentally impersonating a sports team mascot, in jail, and, ultimately, at the Punkratz and Pinky Traveling Circus. In his pursuit of Georgie and the kidnapper, he discovers a dark side to the circus when he finds himself in a room surrounded by taxidermied animals. As it turns out, animals are being sold from the zoo and hunted. Using his peanut allergy for comic relief (apparently, it's not dangerous for elephants to be allergic to peanuts–it only makes them sneeze explosively), Otto unwittingly saves the day. Following leads and hunches brings Otto and Crackers close to finding Georgie, but the book ends on a cliff-hanger, which will leave young readers eager for the next book. Slavin is a skilled illustrator and storyteller, and he brings these talents to this graphic-novel series. The full-color art is traditional in style, and the illustrations, particularly of Otto, add humor to an already funny story.—Liz Zylstra, County of Prince Edward Public Library, Picton, Ontario
Children's Literature - Raina Sedore
Otto always finds his way into the center of the action. In this second volume of the “Elephants Never Forget” series Otto and his sidekick, Crackers the parrot, ricochet from setting to setting. They confront travel by train, a football game, a creepy mansion, and—the centerpiece of this tale—a circus! In every one of these places, Otto is looking for his monkey friend, Georgie. Slavin illustrates this wacky story with engaging, friendly, and colorful pictures and a wide variety of page layouts. Otto the Elephant is a somewhat clueless character, constantly confusing every monkey he sees with Georgie. Crackers has trouble managing Otto’s conundrums, but in this volume, they end up bringing down an illegal poaching ring! In this adventure, they make friends with a bear (and her dog) and a black panther. Kids looking for kooky animal adventures will enjoy these hijinks, and it will fit in well alongside other graphic novel fun for all ages. Reviewer: Raina Sedore; Ages 8 to 12.
Kirkus Reviews
Otto the peanut-allergic elephant cracks another case. Still looking for his missing childhood friend, Georgie the chimp, and fresh from helping the big city cops bust a gang of hoodlums, Otto and his sidekick, Crackers the parrot, make their way across the country. This time, they're following circus Punkratz & Pinky, which, if the posters are to be believed, may be where Georgie ended up after being abducted by the man with the wooden nose. Leaving a trail of inadvertent destruction (thanks to Otto's explosive allergic sneezes), they catch up to the circus only to find it's a front for exotic-animal smugglers...and Georgie has moved on. Can the bumbling duo save their new animal friends? The slapstick and goofy situations (Otto dresses as a clown; is mistaken for a football mascot; drives a peanut-shaped car) in Slavin's second full-color graphic adventure will entertain even if several jokes are well above the reading level. It's also a bit disturbing that animals wearing clothes and speaking are still treated like animals (and hunted for sport) by humans; but the old-timey feel should win fans and please those already established. Nonthreatening, nonstop mayhem…next stop: Tinseltown! (Graphic adventure. 8-11)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554538072
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/1/2013
  • Pages: 88
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: GN330L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill Slavin is an award-winning children's book illustrator with over 50 books to his credit. His works include Stanley's Party and The Bear on the Bed. He lives in Millbrook, Ontario.

Bill Slavin is an award-winning children's book illustrator with over 50 books to his credit. His works include Stanley's Party and The Bear on the Bed. He lives in Millbrook, Ontario.

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