Otto Goes to School

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The first day of school is both scary and exciting for Otto. At first, he is very nervous, but then he realizes how much fun school can be. Otto learns all kinds of things - how to share his toys, how to play games, and even how to remember that shoes are for wearing, not for eating. (Silly Otto!)

Todd Parr's bold illustrations and simple text are the perfect fit for children just starting their reading journey. At the end of the story, Todd offers a reassuring message to cure ...

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Overview

The first day of school is both scary and exciting for Otto. At first, he is very nervous, but then he realizes how much fun school can be. Otto learns all kinds of things - how to share his toys, how to play games, and even how to remember that shoes are for wearing, not for eating. (Silly Otto!)

Todd Parr's bold illustrations and simple text are the perfect fit for children just starting their reading journey. At the end of the story, Todd offers a reassuring message to cure those back-to-school jitters: "The first day of school is fun and exciting. You will meet new friends, learn new things, and then you will be really, really smart! Love, Otto and Todd."

After a breakfast of juice, cereal, and a banana split, Otto goes to school for the first time, where he makes new friends and learns how to wag his tail without knocking things over.

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Publishers Weekly
Todd Parr offers a pair of school-related titles. His multi-colored canine goes to the head of the class in the paper-over-board Otto Goes to School. The hero learns not to pull cats' tails and not to chase squirrels. But even the best students make mistakes (Otto tracks in mud), proving there is always more to learn. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Otto is back in his next big adventure-heading to school. Starting with his favorite breakfast, "cereal, juice, and a banana split," the pup faces a child's typical first-day worries but has a good time when he settles in. His lessons include learning to wag his tail without knocking things over; finding out that shoes are for wearing and not chewing; and sharing toys and games-all capped with the refrain of "Good dog, Otto!" Parr uses his trademark bold primary colors, blocky simple characters, and heavy black line to illustrate this tale. He keeps the focus on the fun while sharing insights on this new experience.-Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha's Public Library, WI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316229319
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 7/2/2013
  • Series: Passport to Reading Level 1 Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 258,564
  • Age range: 1 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 8.86 (h) x 0.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Todd Parr
Todd Parr is the author of more than thirty books for children, including the New York Times bestselling The I Love You Book, The Earth Book, and The Thankful Book. He lives in Berkeley, California. For a complete list of Todd's books and more information, visit www.toddparr.com.

Biography

Author/illustrator Todd Parr is the poster child for perseverance. Growing up in Wyoming, he knew he wanted to be an artist, but he met with rejection at almost every turn. In school, his drawings and paintings were considered childish and simplistic. He even failed his high school art course for not meeting class standards. As a result, for many years he lacked the self-confidence to pursue his dreams. Then, when he finally mustered the resolve to begin painting in earnest, his work was turned down by dozens of galleries.

Yet, in spite of these roadblocks, Parr persisted. He arranged a small showing of his paintings at Wolfgang Puck's San Francisco restaurant Postrio. A buyer for Macy's West saw his canvases and encouraged him to design a line of merchandise for the store. Then, in 1998, Parr's bold, colorful style caught the eye of Little Brown agent Megan Tingley, who approached him to write children's books. The rest, as they say, is publishing history.

Unlike other children's authors, Parr is not a traditional storyteller; yet his books—with their positive, reassuring messages about acceptance, self-confidence, and diversity—have become enormously popular. In bestsellers like The Family Book, We Belong Together and It's Okay to Be Different, he encourage preschoolers to be themselves, to express their feelings, and to celebrate what makes each of them unique.

But it is his artwork—cheerful stick figures rendered in bright, neon colors and outlined boldly in black—that makes Parr one of the most recognized names in the world of children's literature. The same simplicity of technique that once drew criticism has proved to be his most bankable commodity. His work has been displayed in the windows of FAO Schwartz, his products are sold worldwide, and he has won awards for his books and for his preschool television show ToddWorld. Pretty good for a kid who was thrown out of high school art class!

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Not all of Parr's fans are eight and under—teens in Japan reportedly swamped the author on his book tour, bringing rice cookers and surfboards for signing.

Before he began his career as a children's author, Parr was a flight attendant for United Airlines.

Parr's first job was working at Taco Time for $1 an hour at age 11. "I was going to own my own someday," he said in an interview with Barnes & Noble.com. "I still love tacos. :)"

Parr gives special credit to his family for their support: "I have a very special family," he told Barnes & Noble.com. "They never really understood me, but encouraged me to go after everything I wanted even when we did not agree. As I now realize—this takes a lot of love to do."

Parr has no formal art training.

He was flabbergasted when he was approached to write children's books. "I can't even spell," he told us, "so the idea of being an 'author' never entered my mind!" Once he realized this would not be an obstacle, it cleared the way for him to focus on his artwork and the messages behind it.

When asked what kind of advice he would give to kids who want to be artists, here's what Parr told us:
Believe in yourself. Art is art even if no one else likes what you do. If it makes you happy, stay with it. Don't give up. And surround yourself with your work to remind yourself of what makes you feel good.

The message behind my work stemmed somewhat from my childhood because it was not okay for me to be who I was. I did not conform to the "norm" or want to be like everyone else. Things have not changed that much for kids today either; it seems harder for them. So in the process of doing what I'm doing in my work—enjoying my life and being happy—if I can help someone, especially kids, learn to believe in themselves, accept others, and learn not to hate, then maybe someone's life will be a little easier and maybe their dreams a little closer to coming true."

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    1. Hometown:
      Berkeley, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 9, 1962
    2. Place of Birth:
      Rock Springs, Wyoming
    1. Education:
      High school diploma
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    POOR WRITING,OVERPRICED

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    Great new format!

    I have always been a fan of this book, and I love the new beginning reader format. A big hit with my kids!

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