"Bynum's Otis is adorable."--Booklist
"Bynum has created a family of pigs that is both loving and exuberant in its sloppiness. Otis, too, is a charming hero."--School Library Journal
"A simple story about self-acceptance . . . [is] nicely embellished with repetition and humor."--The Horn Book (starred review)
Otis is a little pig with a big problem: He doesn't like mud. His mama and papa tell him that someday he will love the stuff, but Otis isn't so sure. And in the meantime, he's lonely...it's awfully hard to find friends when you're the only pig in the county who hates getting dirty. Will Otis ever find someone to play with? From the creator of Altoona Baboona, here's a playful picture book about friendship and staying true to yourself.
What's a young pig who detests dirt to do? The titular hero remains resolutely pristine-and lonely until he meets a like-minded frog. "The childlike tone hits the mark, and the watercolor cartoons are uniformly expressive," wrote PW. Ages 3-7. (Aug.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Since most piglet play takes place in the mud, what is a young pig who detests dirt to do? Otis, Bynum's (Altoona Baboona) hero, remains resolutely pristine--and lonely, until at last he meets a similarly independent thinker, a frog who shares his disdain for mud and "all things swampy." The plot is a familiar one, but the exacting, childlike tone hits the mark ("Otis hauled the weeds away, careful not to get a spot of mud on his pink, pink self"), and the watercolor cartoons are uniformly expressive. Otis stands bemused and apart from the rest of his family in their chaotic living room (amid the stack of books on the floor is one titled "This Old Sty"); he sadly watches from the grass as his sisters play tag "in the wallow"; he looks abjectly miserable when he imagines himself muddied. And when Otis finds himself a friend, his evident pleasure is endearing. Ages 3-7. (Apr.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Otis, an irresistibly appealing, "very fine" pig has a problem. Amidst the mess and muck of pig family life, he tries to remain spotless. He just can't stand mud, so he is alone and lonely. Finally Otis finds a friend who dislikes mud as much as he does and it leads to a happy ending. Bynum's lively black lines and just-right touches of watercolors animate the simple telling. The pigs have distinctive characters, as we are treated to all the ways Otis's kin celebrate the joy of mud. The text is basically a skeleton upon which these fully fleshed scenes are hung; a happy one that should reassure a child who is "different." 2000, Harcourt Inc., Ages 3 to 6, $14.00. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia MarantzChildren's Literature