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Acclaimed author-illustrator Eric Rohmann stuns us again, using the artistic flavor that won him a Caldecott Medal for My Friend Rabbit to serve up a oddly engrossing, amusingly quirky adventure about a young lad who happens to have a pumpkin head.
Although Otho has an orange gourd for a noggin, "he was not seen as a curiosity by his family" and seems to live a relatively carefree life. That is, until one day when a black bat decides that Otho's head could be home sweet home ("I can nest in it, feed in it; there's meat and rind and seed in it!") and snatches the boy's head right off his body. Finding the head too heavy, the bat drops it into the ocean, and soon, the head is swallowed by a fish, squeezed out by a squid, and winds up in a fisherman's boat. Thankfully, Otho gets brought to market and purchased "after some spirited dickering" by his own mother, and after he gets happily reunited with his body, she reminds him to "be careful...the world will always be difficult for a boy with a pumpkin for a head."
Putting it simply, Rohmann's tale about being different will charm your socks off. The author's unconventional story is a fresh, innocent, and extraordinary romp that will leave you curiously in love with his character, while the bold-lined, multiple-color relief prints set against stark white backgrounds add a layer of impressive complexity. Otho's pumpkin-headed excursion is a one-of-a-kind treat that deserves a special place in the Life Lessons section of your bookshelf. Matt Warner