Ottoline Goes to School (Ottoline Series #2)

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Ottoline Brrown and her best friend, Mr. Munroe, are going away to school . . . and they're not scared in the least—even if it is haunted!

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Overview

Ottoline Brrown and her best friend, Mr. Munroe, are going away to school . . . and they're not scared in the least—even if it is haunted!

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Editorial Reviews

ALA Booklist
“An entertaining alternative for chapter-book readers.”
Sunday Telegraph
“The work of a genius.”
Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
Meet Ottoline Brown who lives in the Pepperpot Building, Apartment 243. There is a staff to help care for all her needs because her parents are collectors who constantly travel around the world. Close by Ottoline's side is her faithful companion, Mr. Munroe, who is a long-haired creature from Norway. On a Tuesday morning walk to the park, Ottoline and Mr. Munroe become acquainted with Cecily Forbes-Lawrence III. The two girls become friends and meet each other daily at the park. One day, Cecily informs Ottoline that she will be going back to school at the Alice B. Smith School for the Differently Gifted. Ottoline decides she would like join Cecily at the school. With her parents happily consenting to their daughter's request, Ottoline and Mr. Monroe are on their way to a very unique school where she tries to discover what her "differently gifted" gift is. Ottoline and Mr. Monroe attempt to get to the bottom of the mystery at the school which is rumored to be haunted. Parts of the story is a bit like a graphic novel; the numerous, detailed illustrations move the story along and provide additional information about Ottoline and the plot. This book is the second of the "Ottoline" stories. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6–In this second story about Ottoline, who lives with her faithful, hairy best friend, Mr. Monroe, readers are visually thrust into her Big City life, as she befriends Cecily, who is quite a storyteller, and decides to accompany her to the Alice B. Smith School for the Differently Gifted. There the students, each with an outlandish and noteworthy pet, seek out their talents in origami curtain-making, plate-spinning, tea-sipping, and other “different” arts. Ottoline flounders, unable to find her special talent, but is drawn to the mystery of the curse of the Horse of Hammersteins. In the end, she proves to be a fine sleuth. From the pagination symbols to the postcards Ottoline sends and receives from her Roving Collector parents, each illustration is ornately drawn in ink, akin to the style of Edward Gorey, but sunnier. The layout flaunts myriad combinations of picture and text. This is an outstanding example of a picture book-cum-graphic novel, in which Riddell dazzles readers with visual detail and comical oddities and language that is rich, zany, and imaginative. It will satisfy visually needy and visually discerning readers.–Sara Paulson-Yarovoy, American Sign Language and English Lower School PS 347, New York City
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061449000
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/23/2009
  • Series: Ottoline Series , #2
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 368,235
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 750L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Riddell is an internationally acclaimed writer and illustrator whose many awards include the Nestlé Gold Award and two Kate Greenaway Medals—the most prestigious prize for illustration in the UK. He is the creator of more than one hundred books for all ages, including the immensely popular series the Edge Chronicles and his latest chapter book series, starring the irrepressible Ottoline Brown, which School Library Journal called "exceptional." Chris lives in Brighton, England, where he invents his amazing characters in a very tidy shed in his yard.

Chris Riddell is an internationally acclaimed writer and illustrator whose many awards include the Nestlé Gold Award and two Kate Greenaway Medals—the most prestigious prize for illustration in the UK. He is the creator of more than one hundred books for all ages, including the immensely popular series the Edge Chronicles and his latest chapter book series, starring the irrepressible Ottoline Brown, which School Library Journal called "exceptional." Chris lives in Brighton, England, where he invents his amazing characters in a very tidy shed in his yard.

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Ottoline Goes to School

Chapter One

Ottoline lived in Apartment 243 of the P. W. Huffledinck Tower, which everybody called the Pepperpot Building because it looked like one.

Her parents were Collectors who traveled around the world. They were hardly ever at home, but Ottoline was well looked after and she was never lonely. And besides, she had her best friend, Mr. Munroe, for company.

Although Ottoline's parents were away a lot, they always kept in touch with postcards.

One morning Ottoline and Mr. Munroe were taking a walk in Pettigrew Park and Ornamental Gardens. It was a Tuesday, and on Tuesday mornings they liked to visit the turtles in the turtle pool . . .

. . . which is where they met Cecily Forbes-Lawrence III and her Patagonian pony, Mumbles.

"I like your pony," said Ottoline.

"Thank you," said Cecily. "Mumbles is from Patagonia, you know. I like your dog."

"That's not a dog," laughed Ottoline. "That's Mr. Munroe."

Ottoline and Cecily fed the turtles stale crackers that Mr. Munroe had brought especially, and Cecily told Ottoline a fascinating story about a boy with feet so enormous that he could use them as a sunshade.

". . . and then Rupert became the world junior hopscotch champion, but that's another story," said Cecily. "I must go now. Mumbles's mane needs brushing."

"Can I help?" asked Ottoline excitedly. She loved brushing hair. Mr. Munroe didn't.

"Maybe some other time," said Cecily, walking off in the direction of the ornamental maze. "By the way, your dog's coat needs brushing too."

"She seems nice," said Ottoline after Cecily had gone.

Mr. Munroe didn't sayanything.

The next day Ottoline met Cecily on the ornamental bridge.

They played Pooh Sticks with twigs that

Mr. Munroe had found especially.

Cecily told Ottoline all about her great- uncle Oscar, the misunderstood pirate.

". . . and in the end he had four parrots, two on each shoulder, but they were no help when his trousers caught fire, but that's another story," said Cecily. "I must go now. I've got to take Mumbles to his show jumping class."

"Can I watch?" asked Ottoline excitedly. Mr. Munroe didn't have any classes. He was too shy.

"Maybe some other time," said Cecily, walking off in the direction of the bonsai tree forest. "Your dog's dropped your umbrella."

"I like her," said Ottoline after Cecily had gone. "She tells amazing stories."

Mr. Munroe didn't hear her. He was busy fishing the umbrella out of the ornamental stream.

He got very wet.

The next day Ottoline met Cecily in the park . . .

. . . and the next day . . .

... and all they found was a skeleton wearing a blue polka-dot bow tie," said Cecily.

"Incredible," said Ottoline. "I must go now. Mr. Munroe doesn't like the rain, and it's almost teatime."

"Can I come?" asked Cecily.

"Of course you can, Cecily," said Ottoline excitedly. "Mr. Munroe and I would like that very much, wouldn't we, Mr. Munroe?"

Mr. Munroe didn't say anything.

Ottoline didn't notice. She was busy catching up with Cecily, who was walking off in the direction of the Pepperpot Building.

Ottoline Goes to School. Copyright © by Chris Riddell. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2011

    Highly recommended!

    I really loved the book, it was a great mystery!
    Bridget age 7

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