Otto Goes to the Beach

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There's a new dog in town and his name is Otto, a lovable, goofy dog sure to win over the preschool set. In this adventure, Otto faces a familiar childhood dilemma and resolves it in a surprising, silly, and satisfying way. What should a dog left alone in the house do? Go to the beach and meet new friends, of course!

Todd Parr's signature bright colors and bold images burst out on every page. This easy-to-read story ends with a special reassuring message from Otto, giving this ...

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Overview

There's a new dog in town and his name is Otto, a lovable, goofy dog sure to win over the preschool set. In this adventure, Otto faces a familiar childhood dilemma and resolves it in a surprising, silly, and satisfying way. What should a dog left alone in the house do? Go to the beach and meet new friends, of course!

Todd Parr's signature bright colors and bold images burst out on every page. This easy-to-read story ends with a special reassuring message from Otto, giving this story the same personal touch that proved so popular in Parr's previous bestselling titles It's Okay to Be Different and The Feelings Book.

Todd Parr's inspiration for this character was his own dog, a pit bull named Bully, whom he discovered abandoned in a supermarket parking lot in San Francisco.

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Todd Parr takes the frustration out of finding new friends in this sunshiny picture book starring Otto! When "Poor Otto" decides that he doesn't like staying home by himself, the dog hops in his car and zooms off to the beach. The pooch then tries to get some quality time with other beachcombers, but the crab he meets is just too crabby to build a sand castle, and a surfing cat laughs at him when his bathing suit falls off. Fortunately, though, Otto meets a purple poodle who's busy digging up bones, and the two spend fun time together swimming and balancing beach balls on their noses. With a super-friendly message about not getting down ("there is always someone out there who will like to play with you") and his brilliantly electric artwork, Parr delivers a winning pick-me-up that will leave kids confident and refreshed. Matt Warner
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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.
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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316738705
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 5/1/2003
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.50 (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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  • Posted September 14, 2011

    RIPEOFF!!!!

    OTTO NEEDS A REWRITE.OVERPRICED FOR NO SUBSTANCE.DON'T BUY OTTO PERIOD.D MINUS.G.ROSE

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