Genre: Adventure, Children Picture books
What did you like about the book? Loveable Otis saves the day again, in his quiet determined way. The book gives lots of opportunities to explore various relevant themes under the broad story line. Conservation/ecology – why is the ground so dry with so much hay; the value of play even if you don’t want to win; the power of the group; bravery and cute kittens! The story builds to a dangerous and scary climax, when Otis falls through the barn in a fire trying to save the kittens. Thankfully the resolution is earned through the power of a friendly community, that further resolves to adopt the kittens. It is a positive and heartwarming story, with lovely expressive and emotional artwork.
Anything you didn’t like about it? Reinforcing fire safety rules for children (never go into a burning building) were overlooked, but can be justified as a unique heroic exception for adults!
To whom would you recommend this book? Otis fans, young children and their parents who enjoy a good action story.
Who should buy this book? Elementary school librarians, parents and children that love Otis.
Where would you shelve it ? picture books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State:Diane Neylon, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA
Date of review: 9/28, 2016