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Otto Grows Down

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What would it be like if time went backwards? One unlucky little boy is about to find out!

Otto has just one birthday wish: that his new baby sister Anna had never been born. And it comes true when the days suddenly start moving in reverse. But now, instead of growing up, Otto’s growing DOWN. He’s getting younger every minute and in danger of disappearing entirely. Can he turn things around before it’s too late—for Anna and himself?

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Overview

What would it be like if time went backwards? One unlucky little boy is about to find out!

Otto has just one birthday wish: that his new baby sister Anna had never been born. And it comes true when the days suddenly start moving in reverse. But now, instead of growing up, Otto’s growing DOWN. He’s getting younger every minute and in danger of disappearing entirely. Can he turn things around before it’s too late—for Anna and himself?

Brilliant illustrations by the fabulous Scott Magoon capture all the fun of this whimsical tale.

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A refreshing take on the arrival of a new sibling and the rivalry that frequently follows. As he is about to turn six, Otto becomes a brother. Forced to share toys, time, and, most of all, his birthday spotlight, he wishes that "Anna was never born!" In the time it takes to blow out the candles on his cake, Otto's life is terribly disrupted. He rockets backward toward infancy, and his sister is returned to the hospital. But the idea of reliving baby food, baby talk, and diapers leaves him panic-stricken. Otto must do something, and do it quickly. Exaggerated cartoon art captures his predicament. With humor and poignancy, author and illustrator portray an age-old rite of passage.-Trish Sabini, Ossining Public Library, NY

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A rash wish turns a boy into a little Benjamin Button. Six-year-old Otto sighs and suffers through the birthday party of his one-year-old sister, Anna. His parents have given her his favorite rattle; when they ask him to blow out Anna's candles and make a wish, he does: that Anna was never born! Uh-oh-everything starts going backwards. At kindergarten, Otto wipes paints off a canvas and goes up a slide. On Tuesday, he brings in the garbage; he takes a bath when he's clean. And the toilet...don't ask. Otto's in a panic. He gets younger and younger. Suddenly it's his first birthday, mother shakes his rattle and that gives him an idea. The deadpan drollery of Magoon's cartoon-style illustrations should appeal to adults as well as children, matching the quirkiness of Sussman's premise. Otto's demonstrative lack of enthusiasm as he shakes his rattle for Anna is flat-out hilarious, and his growing consternation as he begins to live his life backward comes across loud and clear. Genuine issue gracefully handled. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402747038
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 2/3/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,454,144
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 11.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

"!emit sdrawkcab ni kcuts llits m'I, ottO ekilnU !pleH" Michael Sussman is a clinical psychologist, writer, and musician. He lives in reverse - in notsoB - with his son, Oliver Quinn. This is his first picture book.

Scott Magoon has illustrated numerous picture books, including Ugly Fish (Harcourt Children’s Books, 2006), written by Kara LaReau; Luck of the Loch Ness Monster: A Tale of Picky Eating (Houghton Mifflin, 2007), written by Alice Weaver Flaherty; and Hugo and Miles In I've Painted Everything (Houghton Mifflin, 2007), which he himself wrote.

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