OTTO CARROTTO by Chiara Carrer


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Age Range: 6 - 9
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Otto the rabbit demonstrates that it is possible to have too much of a good thing.

Trixie the rabbit wears only red shoes. Willie the rabbit is never without his blue roller skates. Not to be outdone, Otto decides on carrots. He will eat only carrots: “Raw carrots, cooked carrots, / fried carrots, baked carrots.” Otto's enthusiasm is depicted in a series of thumbnail drawings, even as his family tries to reason with him. Careful readers will find the speech balloon that warns, “You’ll turn into a carrot!” This is no gentle exploration of food fixation such as those found in the classic Bread and Jam for Frances or Delicious! (2007), Helen Cooper's friendly romp about a fussy eater. In Otto’s case, events take a decidedly ominous turn when his obsession changes him—literally: His ears become carrots. Trixie and Willie want to nibble them. Worse, his classmates dub him Otto Carrotto and surround him, each wanting a bite of his ears. Chaotic collage art captures the frenzied mood—even turning to white line on black at its darkest moment. Boldface text stresses the word repetition and helps set the pace as Otto decides no more carrots.

While the tale’s not for sensitive youngsters, more sophisticated readers will appreciate the joke when Otto decides next on spinach, only spinach. (Picture book. 6-9)

Pub Date: July 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-8028-5393-6
Page count: 26pp
Publisher: Eerdmans
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 2011


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