The Barnes & Noble Review
Author/illustrator extraordinaire Todd Parr helps get rid of the bedtime blues in this lively picture book debuting Otto!
Parr's lovable pooch isn't ready for sleep -- "he wishes he didn't have to stop doing all the fun things he does all day." Otto's most favorite activities include "digging for bones, chasing his tail, rolling in the mud," and more. Unfortunately, taking a bath and "brushing his teeth with chicken-flavored toothpaste" don't help, but when he snuggles up and thinks about happy things, the hound has no trouble falling asleep.
No bones about it, Otto is a canine kids will adore! A peppy dog who shows that going to bed is a breeze "when you dream about all your favorite things," Otto's feelings and experiences are sure to have kids nodding in understanding. With artwork that's as fresh and lively as ever, Parr has created an awesome, feel-good friend. Matt Warner
Todd Parr presents a motley mutt named Otto in two paper-over-board titles, Otto Goes to the Beach and Otto Goes to Bed. In Beach, Otto is lonely until he finds a girl dog who likes to play with him; in Bed, Otto doesn't want to go to bed until he realizes he can dream about all his favorite things. Both books feature Todd's signature simplified figures in neon colors and thick black outlines-and close with a personal lesson signed "Love, Otto and Todd." Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-K-In the first title, the yellow dog with a blue ear and a red one doesn't want to go to bed. Even after "brushing his teeth with chicken-flavored toothpaste," taking a bath, and barking at the moon, Otto is not ready to drift into dreamland. Finally, he gets into bed with his favorite toy, and tries to dream about his favorite things, such as "eating all the hot dogs he wants," until he falls asleep. In the second book, Otto drives himself to the beach in search of a friend. After slathering on sunscreen, he asks a crab to play. "I'm too crabby," it responds. A cat laughs at him when his bathing suit falls off in the waves, and the snack bar has no bones. Finally, Otto makes friends with a purple poodle with a pretty pink hairdo. The texts are humorously illustrated with bold colors and flat lines that resemble children's artwork. These offerings will charm adults and children alike.-Melinda Piehler, North Tonawanda Public Library, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.