Ottoline Goes to School (Ottoline Series #2)

Ottoline Goes to School (Ottoline Series #2)

by Chris Riddell

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ISBN-13: 9780061449000
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/23/2009
Series: Ottoline Series , #2
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile: 750L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Chris Riddell is an acclaimed British artist who lives in Brighton, England. He has written and illustrated many books of his own, including Ottoline and the Yellow Cat and Ottoline Goes to School, and has illustrated, for Bloomsbury UK, The Graveyard Book; Coraline; and Fortunately, the Milk; as well as The Sleeper and the Spindle.

Chris Riddell is an acclaimed British artist who lives in Brighton, England. He has written and illustrated many books of his own, including Ottoline and the Yellow Cat and Ottoline Goes to School, and has illustrated, for Bloomsbury UK, The Graveyard Book; Coraline; and Fortunately, the Milk; as well as The Sleeper and the Spindle.

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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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Ottoline Goes to School (Ottoline Series #2) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
abbylibrarian on LibraryThing 1 days ago
When Ottoline meets and befriends the wealthy Cecily Forbes-Lawrence III, she decides that she should go away to boarding school just like Cecily does, so she and her cohort Mr. Munroe set off for the Alice B. Smith School for the Differently Gifted. Is it possible the school is actually haunted? This is a quirky tale with lots of quirky illustrations and kids who are into the quirky will delight in it. Me? It's not really my thing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really loved the book, it was a great mystery! Bridget age 7
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