I Am Otter

I Am Otter

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by Sam Garton
     
 

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The curious, charming, playful, and internet-famous Otter makes her picture book debut in I Am Otter by author-illustrator Sam Garton. Here's what Otter has to say about her book: "Hi! I am Otter, and this is a book about me and my best friends, Otter Keeper and Teddy. And it's about the fun and messy (and little bit scary) adventure we had one day when

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The curious, charming, playful, and internet-famous Otter makes her picture book debut in I Am Otter by author-illustrator Sam Garton. Here's what Otter has to say about her book: "Hi! I am Otter, and this is a book about me and my best friends, Otter Keeper and Teddy. And it's about the fun and messy (and little bit scary) adventure we had one day when Otter Keeper was at work. I hope you like the story! (And if you don't, it's probably Teddy's fault.)"

Otter's utterly winning voice and Sam Garton's classic yet fresh artwork combine to create a truly hilarious and unforgettable friendship story.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
02/24/2014
Garton began telling stories about Otter on his blog in 2009, and his furry, childlike creation has racked up quite a following since (she has well over 16,000 Twitter followers). For the uninitiated, Garton’s debut picture book does a bang-up job of introducing Otter, who walks readers through her messy life with Otter Keeper, a young working-age man who “found me in a box on his doorstep one day.” There’s a decided Garfield-and-Jon quality to their relationship, with the oft-exhausted Otter Keeper at Otter’s beck and call. In this story, Otter opens a “toast restaurant” at home with Teddy, a plush bear who’s the literal silent partner. The setup lets Garton showcase lots of playroom jokes and Otter’s energetic personality: at one point, she scowls as she tries to foist a hand-scrawled bill on a toy robot and vacant-eyed stuffed pig (“Teddy hadn’t told anyone how much our toast would cost”). There’s a lovely dimensionality and sense of physical comedy in Garton’s digitally created artwork. Combined with Otter’s winning brand of self-importance, it’s plenty to propel her into future adventures. Ages 4–8. Agent: Brooks Sherman, the Bent Agency. (May)
Booklist
“Good-natured fun.”
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Otter, our narrator, tells how when she was very young she was found on a doorstep by the boy she calls Otto Keeper. Teddy, a stuffed bear who arrived at the same time, becomes Otter’s companion in fun, especially on weekends with Otter Keeper. So Otter tries to keep Otter Keeper from going to work on Mondays, in vain. Wanting jobs of their own, Otter and Teddy decide to open a restaurant. But when the other toys arrive to eat, there is a series of problems funny to readers but not to Otter, culminating in a wordless double-page depiction of the kitchen in an incredible mess. When Otter Keeper comes home, cleanup is needed. But Teddy has disappeared. A desperate search follows. Finally, the imaginative fantasy ends both humorously and well. The appealing characters are created naturalistically and digitally; their adventures are depicted in vignettes and on single and double pages. Even the toys have character. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz; Ages 4 to 8.
School Library Journal
04/01/2014
K-Gr 3—This fully realized picture book captures warmth, imagination, and playfulness in the character of Otter, who was dropped on Otter Keeper's doorstep when he was a baby. He is exuberant, busy, and a little exhausting. One illustration depicts Otter Keeper, a human male, with his head in his hands, slumped at the kitchen table while Otter croons karaoke for the "Otter and Teddy Show." Even Teddy, a limply stuffed bear, sags on the floor beside his abandoned guitar. When Monday comes, Otter drops the alarm clock into the goldfish bowl and hides Otter Keeper's lunch in his overstuffed stomach to keep him home. And once Otter Keeper is off to work, Otter decides to start a business, a toast restaurant. The illustrations complete the sweetness and the hilarity of the narrative. At the center of the book, a spread depicts opening day at the restaurant: pastel-colored, soft droopy tubes of tomato paste, bottles of hot sauce, jam jars, cherries, whipped cream, and stuffed animals face down in soggy toasts are everywhere in a sticky nightmare. Otter can't quite take responsibility, blaming Teddy when the "customers complained and had to be asked to leave…." The illustration shows an open kitchen window with a zany assortment of stuffed animals being tossed onto the sidewalk. When Teddy goes missing, Otter knows what's really important in this wonderful toast to friendship. Garton creates a contagious appetite for more of Otter and his friends, Teddy, Giraffe, and Otter Keeper.—Teresa Pfeifer, The Springfield Renaissance School, Springfield, MA
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2014-01-29
A bright and hilarious escapade about an otter who, bored while her owner's at work, opens a toast restaurant. Otter lives happily in a house with Otter Keeper, a youthful human adult, and Teddy, a stuffed bear. Her only disappointment is the news that arrives every Monday: Otter Keeper must go to work. Stopping time (by placing the clock in a fish tank) doesn't prevent Otter Keeper's departure, and why don't Otter and Teddy have their own jobs anyway? Clearly, they need to open a toast restaurant. Chaos builds, with all blame assigned to Teddy. The hapless bear forgets to take reservations, causing a long line of impatient toys, and gets orders wrong—burned toast, unpeeled banana, a restaurant patron spread with jam and set on a plate. Underneath these jokes runs a broader one: Otter's first-person narration imbues Teddy (and the other toys) with consciousness and agency, though readers see that Teddy's an inanimate stuffed animal who needs propping to even sit up. Preschoolers will love the notion that Teddy's at fault for the accumulating mess, especially when—after only small- and medium-size spot illustrations surrounded by relaxing white space—the kitchen suddenly explodes into a riotous full-bleed spread of mayhem. Garton's cartoon-style digital illustrations are rich with clear, medium-saturation colors, with shading and texture as highlights. Hysterical. (Picture book. 3-6)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062247759
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/29/2014
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
252,184
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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Meet the Author

Sam Garton is the author and illustrator of many stories about Otter and her world, both in books and online. He lives in London.

Sam Garton is the author and illustrator of many stories about Otter and her world, both in books and online. He lives in London.

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I Am Otter 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
HollyF More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story, beautiful illustrations.