Who doesn’t love getting a little more? Otto is an expert at “More!”
“Otto was a very BUSY rhino. / His space station was bigger than Mom. And even bigger than Dad. But still NOT big ENOUGH!” But after he adds extra platforms and towers and rockets, Otto’s cardboard space station goes “CRASH!” More cupcakes are always good, but Grandma and Mom are not pleased Otto ate them all. Otto likes more noisy things (drums and horns) and more quiet things (books at storytime). When he’s invited to his friend’s costume birthday party, Otto makes his own outfit: a huge, wearable spaceship with wings and puff balls and a cone. Everyone thinks it’s amazing…but it slows him down. He can’t play or free himself from the shrubbery, meaning he misses out on the cake! Otto learns more is not always better, except when the “more” is more friends. Corderoy and Warnes team up for a third Otto title in which the young rhino learns the concepts behind his new words. A nice mix of spot, full-page, and double-page-spread images in soft, bright colors depict enthusiastic and smiling anthropomorphic animals. Toddlers will recognize themselves, and maybe they’ll even internalize the message.
Here is one case where more is definitely just right. (Picture book. 2-5)