Otto's Orange Day: Toon Books Level 3

Otto's Orange Day: Toon Books Level 3

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by Jay Lynch

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When Otto the Cat meets a magical genie, he knows just what to wish for: he makes the world orange!See more details below

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When Otto the Cat meets a magical genie, he knows just what to wish for: he makes the world orange!

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Children's Literature - Kathie M. Josephs
Fantastic! Otto is a cat that loves the color orange. He is in his room coloring, has turned on the radio, and is beginning to sing about the color orange when a package from his Aunt Sally Lee arrives. It is an old lamp she found. He decides to wipe it off—and a genie appears giving him one wish. Of course he wishes that everything in the world would turn orange. At first he cannot believe how wonderful everything is. He has never been happier in his life. Then he has to learn the hard way that too much of something is not always a good thing. Orange spinach for lunch? Cars crash because all the lights show orange and there is no red or green. Descriptions of criminals all sound the same—an orange man with orange hair, orange eyes, and wearing orange clothes has escaped from jail. Why, that description would fit everyone in the world. He gets the genie back, tricks the genie into giving him another wish, BUT the genie tricks him and turns everything blue. The story ends well and Otto learns a very valuable lesson. The illustrations are awesome; the writing has rhythm and is fun to read aloud. It is a book that is perfect for both boys and girls and is a great introduction to a chapter book (It has two chapters). This is a must own book for young readers. Reviewer: Kathie M. Josephs
School Library Journal

Gr 1-3 -Two veteran cartoonists collaborate to create a comic-strip-style book for beginning readers. Otto, an orange cat, receives a mysterious lamp from his aunt. While dusting it off, he releases the genie that resides within and is offered a wish as a reward. Otto declares that he would like everything in the world to be orange, his favorite color; however, after his wish is granted, the results-including a bad-tasting orange lamb chop and an orange-only traffic light that causes car accidents-soon cause him to have second thoughts. With the help of Aunt Sally Lee, Otto outsmarts the genie and sets things right. Each page features one to four panels, and the bulk of the story is told through dialogue balloons. The cartoons are lively and colorful. Clear chapter divisions, a clean graphic design, and large-size print make this title more appropriate for early readers than most comic-book offerings. Still, true beginners may have trouble with some of the vocabulary and struggle to follow the narrative flow. Offer this to book readers with a bit of experience under their belts and an interest in comics and cartoons.-Joy Fleishhacker , School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews
Young Otto loves orange so much that when a sly genie rises up out of an old lamp he receives from Aunt Sally Lee, he uses his one wish to turn all the world that color. His ensuing bliss changes to blues, though, after he gets a gander at his orange lunch and then sees what happens on the street when every traffic light is the same color. Cammuso illustrates comics veteran Lynch's tale in neatly drawn sequential panels, casting Otto as a cat (marmalade, of course) in human dress and pairing him with a blue, distinctly Disneyesque genie. Discovering that said genie hasn't eaten in 880 years, Otto cleverly calls on the persuasive power of pizza to reverse the wish, and by the end all's well. Low on violence and high on production values, this comics-format "Toon Book" will leave emergent readers wishing for more. (Early reader. 5-7)

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ABDO Publishing Company
Publication date:
Toon Series
Product dimensions:
9.25(w) x 6.25(h) x (d)
GN230L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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