Otto’s in Hollywood, but he doesn’t care about stardom; he wants his best friend, Georgie.
Otto the peanut-allergic elephant has traversed Africa and North America looking for his childhood friend Georgie the chimp with the help of Crackers the parrot. Animal talent agent Rupert Galloway has brought Otto and Crackers to California with the assurance that he will help them find their lost friend. What he actually does is try to get Otto a job making commercials. But Galloway’s agency isn’t the only animal agency in town; though he hasn’t been totally honest with naïve Otto, Galloway is nowhere near as bad as the competition. Nefarious forces at rival agency Furry Paws are set on kidnapping Otto and any other elephant they can find. Enter the Elephant Liberation Front; when E.L.F. springs Otto from a commercial shoot, it mostly serves to confuse him and delay his hunt for Georgie, who is in town. Will his simian search end in satisfaction? The visual high jinks and slapstick in Otto’s third adventure (Big Top Otto, 2013, etc.) are still enjoyable, but this tale’s a bit convoluted. Jokes about Hannibal Lecter, Graceland and jumping on Oprah’s couch, among others, will zoom over nearly all young readers. However, the conclusion of Otto’s devoted search for his friend will please his fans.
For devotees of Asterix and perhaps Tintin, but not for everyone. (Graphic fantasy. 8-12)