Ozzie and the Art Contest

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Ozzie loves to draw. Ozzie loves drawing and being an artist more than anything—even more than skateboarding! So when his teacher, Miss Cattywhompus, announces an art contest, Ozzie can’t wait to get started. He works really hard on his picture of a goat. He knows it will win first place. There is only one problem. Miss Cattywhompus didn’t ask the class to draw pictures of goats—the contest instructions say "Draw a Boat." Ozzie’s picture doesn’t win first place. And even though it does win honorable mention, he ...
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Ozzie loves to draw. Ozzie loves drawing and being an artist more than anything—even more than skateboarding! So when his teacher, Miss Cattywhompus, announces an art contest, Ozzie can’t wait to get started. He works really hard on his picture of a goat. He knows it will win first place. There is only one problem. Miss Cattywhompus didn’t ask the class to draw pictures of goats—the contest instructions say "Draw a Boat." Ozzie’s picture doesn’t win first place. And even though it does win honorable mention, he is devastated. How could he not win? He worked so hard. With a little help from Miss Cattywhompus, Ozzie comes to see that he, with his love of art, has won something far more important than a contest. In his picture book debut, Dana Sullivan has used his personal experience with artistic disappointment to create a warm, lovable character whose story will feel familiar to anyone who has followed his or her passion and hit an ever-so-slight bump in the road.
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Children's Literature - Tima Murrell
Ozzie is very excited about the art contest at school. His teacher reminds him to read the contest's instructions, but Ozzie is too excited. He works on his masterpiece all weekend. At school on Monday, he is very disappointed to learn that his art project has only received an honorable mention in the contest. His teacher points out that while his goat is very well drawn, the instructions say to draw a boat, not a goat. Ozzie learns a very valuable lesson about paying attention and following the rules. He also learns about accepting situations and fixing mistakes. Children will love the playful pictures that help illustrate the story. The message in the story is perfect for young children and students who are having a hard time understanding the importance of listening and following directions. The story will teach the lessons of following directions, paying attention, and not complaining about mistakes. My children enjoyed the story, especially the way Ozzie adapted once he learned from his mistake. Reviewer: Tima Murrell
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—In Miss Cattywhompus's class of critters, Ozzie, a slightly day-dreamy dog, considers himself the art expert. When the big art contest rolls around, he figures he's a cinch for the win. Then the top prizes are announced, and he discovers to his horror that the subject of the competition was a boat and not the goat he drew. His teacher reminds him that winning isn't everything and that paying attention to instructions is its own reward. Then, just like the ever-energetic blue heeler he is, Ozzie figures out a way to make his goat picture a boat after all. While not distinguished, the bright and bouncy watercolor-and-ink illustrations portray a busy classroom and a teacher who lovingly oversees the chaos. The lessons of learning to deal with losing and the importance of listening are gently given. Ozzie's dogged persistence will find a ready audience and resonate with children who often rush in without thinking.—Marge Loch-Wouters, La Crosse Public Library, WI
Kirkus Reviews
Ozzie enters the art contest at school only to be disappointed at the results. When Ozzie's teacher, Miss Cattywhompus, announces the upcoming art contest to her class, Ozzie is especially excited. (Though most elementary teachers would not host an art contest, it does serve to get the plot going.) Ozzie loves to draw (and skateboard and fold paper), and he knows he will draw the best goat. On the day of the big announcement, he is sad to see his pictures on the bottom row with the other honorable-mention pictures. His blue mood is reflected in his demeanor. His teacher tries to cheer him up, but nothing works until she points out that his misreading of the instructions is the real reason he didn't win. The lessons could not be more obvious: Read the directions carefully and enjoy the process, even if you do not win. The cartoon style, in ink and watercolor on broad expanses of white, is the right choice for this light tale. The messy typeface might challenge new readers, though. Youngsters will feel in on the joke when they notice that all the winning pictures are of boats, and all the also-rans are of something else. Once the story's lesson is revealed, there is little reason to read this one again. (Picture book. 3-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585368204
  • Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2013
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 427,290
  • Age range: 4 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Posted July 28, 2013

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    Ozzie is very excited about the art contest at school. His teach

    Ozzie is very excited about the art contest at school. His teacher reminds him to read the instructions, but Ozzie is too excited. He works on his masterpiece all weekend. Back at school on Monday, he is very disappointed to learn that his art project has only received honorable mention. But his teacher points out that while his goat is very well drawn, the instructions say to draw a boat. Ozzie learns a very valuable lesson about paying attention and following the rules. He also learns about accepting situations and fixing mistakes.

    Children will love the playful pictures that help illustrate the story. The message in the story is perfect for young children and students who are having a hard time understanding the importance of listening. The multi-level message will teach the lessons of listening, paying attention, and not complaining about our mistakes. My children enjoyed the story, especially the way Ozzie adapted once he learned from his mistake.

    I received this book free of charge from Children's Lit in exchange for my honest review.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 15, 2014

    Love this book! The whimsical illustrations drew me in right awa

    Love this book! The whimsical illustrations drew me in right away. Lots of little details in the drawings that appear the more times you look at the images. Ozzie is a fun character with a style all his own. And what he learns from the art contest is a simple, but highly important lesson that even the youngest readers can relate to. Highly recommend!

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