Ottoline and the Yellow Cat (Ottoline Series #1)

Ottoline and the Yellow Cat (Ottoline Series #1)

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by Chris Riddell
     
 

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Meet Ottoline Brown and her best friend, Mr. Munroe. No puzzle is ever too tricky for the two of them to solve.

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Meet Ottoline Brown and her best friend, Mr. Munroe. No puzzle is ever too tricky for the two of them to solve.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Naomi Williamson
Ottoline is a problem solver and she is always looking for something to do, such as a puzzle to solve or a clever plan to work out. She lives in her family's apartment in the P. W. Huffledinck Tower, while her parents travel the world looking for interesting things to collect. Mr. Munroe, her very odd, very hairy, best friend, stays with Ottoline to watch over her and keep her company. When Ottaline and Mr. Munroe learn that lapdogs are missing all over town, their adventure to solve the mystery begins. Also involved in the story is the bear in the basement, a cat burglar, several lapdogs, and a talking cockatoo. In an almost picture book /graphic novel style Riddell's black, white, and red illustrations tell much of the story, providing the reader with a wealth of information to support the cleverly written text in the first of three adventures by the award winning Riddell. Reviewer: Naomi Williamson
School Library Journal

Gr 3-5- While her parents are off traveling the world collecting "interesting things," Ottoline Brown lives in an elaborate apartment in Big City with her best friend, guardian, and accomplice in forming clever plans. He is called Mr. Monroe and is a silent creature from Norway who resembles Cousin Itt from the Addams Family. Ottoline solves a mystery involving a cat burglar, who is actually a cat, and the missing lapdogs of well-to-do women. The story is told through the text and the detailed line drawings that appear on each page. Done in black and white with red highlighting a quirky detail or two, the illustrations add humor, depth, and momentum to the narrative. The quickly moving plot is grounded in real emotion. Ottoline is a precocious child who misses her absent parents; in one scene she unwittingly treats Mr. Monroe with a childish cruelty that most parents will recognize. The equal ratio of text to illustrations makes this a good choice for reluctant readers, although there is some challenging vocabulary. There is enough detail in the exceptional illustrations to satisfy any graphic novel fan.-Caroline Tesauro, Radford Public Library, VA

Kirkus Reviews
A tale told in intricate, finely detailed pictures linked by occasional brief bursts of prose introduces Eloise-like young Ottoline, who shares a large apartment with hair-covered sidekick Mr. Munroe, collects odd single shoes and postcards from her parents (who are generally off on travels) and solves mysteries. Here, she concocts an elaborate scheme to track down a gaggle of missing lap dogs and to trap a cat burglar-who actually turns out to be a cat. Children who linger over the illustrations, ink drawings with occasional highlights in red, will find all sorts of odd, precisely depicted household objects and comical details among the gracefully posed human and animal characters. There's an abstract air to the whole episode, but the plot trots along smoothly, and Riddell's distinctive visual style shows off to better effect here than in the cramped art for his Edge Chronicles and other collaborations. Shelve this, the first volume of a projected three, with the graphic novels. (Fiction. 10-12)
Daily Telegraph (London)
“Readers will find treasures in this beautifully illustrated [book].”
ALA Booklist
“The pictures here simply add texture to the words they accompany—but what a delight they are. An entertaining alternative for chapter-book readers”
Sunday Telegraph
“The work of a genius.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061448799
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/29/2008
Series:
Ottoline Series, #1
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 7.25(h) x 0.25(d)
Lexile:
760L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Chris Riddell is an acclaimed British artist who lives in Brighton, England. He has written and illustrated many books of his own, including Ottoline and the Yellow Cat and Ottoline Goes to School, and has illustrated, for Bloomsbury UK, The Graveyard Book; Coraline; and Fortunately, the Milk; as well as The Sleeper and the Spindle.

Chris Riddell is an acclaimed British artist who lives in Brighton, England. He has written and illustrated many books of his own, including Ottoline and the Yellow Cat and Ottoline Goes to School, and has illustrated, for Bloomsbury UK, The Graveyard Book; Coraline; and Fortunately, the Milk; as well as The Sleeper and the Spindle.

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Ottoline and the Yellow Cat (Ottoline Series #1) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
kidsbooksRmything More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of Chris Riddell's illustrations and the books he writes with Paul Stewart. I was so happy when "Ottoline" came out because it is at a lower reading level than the other books these two have written and perfect for a few 7 year old girls in my life. They devoured it, over and over! It is totally engaging and a bit like reading a graphic novel, there are so many illustrations, maps and diagrams. Also, Ottoline and Mr Munroe, her Cousin Itt-like quasi-guardian, solve mysteries, wear disguises and explore some great locales. This is the perfect book for inquisitive (new) readers!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago