Big Star Otto

Big Star Otto

by Bill Slavin


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In this conclusion to the Elephants Never Forget graphic novel trilogy, big-hearted hero Otto and his parrot pal Crackers have landed in Hollywood, the final stop in their journey across America in search of their good friend Georgie the chimpanzee. They've been hot on Georgie's trail since he was abducted from Africa by the sinister Man with the Wooden Nose, and now they're sure they've finally found his location. Reaching him is going to be tough, however, with a dishonest acting agent, a shadowy villain, disgruntled wannabe animal actors and some elephant-rights activists, among others, regularly thwarting their plans. It seems that greed and the quest for fame "can do awful things to folk" here in Tinseltown, as a wise old elephant tells Otto. Can true friendship possibly win in the end?

This is an immensely entertaining adventure story, with fantastic artwork by award-winning illustrator Bill Slavin that is detailed, energetic and packed with visual humor throughout. It's a perfect fit for emerging and reluctant readers looking for a strong visual narrative to help them through a book. The hilarious storyline offers lots of sly, clever jokes driven by high-velocity action and a heartwarming and lovable main character. In fact, what helps set the books in this series apart is that, through all of the misadventures that get in his way, Otto's good nature and generosity remain constant, and his commitment to finding his friend never wavers, providing wonderful character education lessons on friendship, perseverance and teamwork.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781894786973
Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
Publication date: 03/01/2015
Series: Elephants Never Forget Series
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.75(h) x 0.25(d)
Lexile: GN320L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 11 Years

About the Author

Bill Slavin is an award-winning children's book illustrator with over 50 books to his credit. His works include Stanley's Party and The Bear on the Bed He lives in Millbrook, Ontario.

Bill Slavin is an award-winning children's book illustrator with over 50 books to his credit. His works include Stanley's Party and The Bear on the Bed He lives in Millbrook, Ontario.

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Big Star Otto 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
Fun story, great illustrations, such a shame about the BLOCK CAPITAL TEXT in a children's book :( This is the third book in the series but you don’t need to have read the others to understand what is happening in this one. Otto is one heck of an elephant and he certainly has never forgotten his pal Georgie who was monkey napped from their African home by the man with the wooden nose. Otto and his parrot pal, Crackers, arrive in Hollywood where their hilarious adventures continue. With movies to make, the elephant liberation front trying to free him, stars having tantrums and double crossing agents this is a fast paced, very funny adventure, though the use of sharp objects and electric shocks seems inappropriate in a story for children. The illustrations will appeal to children, as will the slapstick humour.  For a book targetted at children, there is one major problem with this comic style book as far as I’m concerned and that is the use of block capitals throughout for the text. Many children who would love reading this and could do so if “normal” upper and lower case fonts were used, will struggle because of this, hence the 3* rating from me. As a primary teacher, I really wish more publishers of such books would consider the children they are hoping will read such stories and use more appropriate text presentation. Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC in exchange for an honest review.