Book Review | Big City Otto
Author: Bill Slavin
About the Book:
Otto is a lumbering, sweet-natured elephant who can’t forget his childhood chum Georgie, a smiley-faced chimpanzee who was abducted and shipped away from their forest home by the mysterious and sinister Man with the Wooden Nose. Accompanied by a wisecracking but protective parrot named Crackers, Otto decides to hop a plane and look for Georgie in America. But once they hit the wild streets of the concrete jungle, Otto and Crackers court trouble at every turn — even becoming unwittingly involved in the seedy alligator underworld dominating the city sewers. And little do these out-of-place out-oftowners realize that they, too, are being doggedly pursued across the city — by the local police! Will the authorities catch Otto and Crackers? Will Otto and Crackers find Georgie? Who is the Man with the Wooden Nose? And what’s an elephant doing sporting a trenchcoat and fedora?
I wasn’t sure if my son would be able to appreciate and enjoy a graphic novel at the age of 6 but he absolutely loves Big City Otto by Kids Can Press. The illustrations are delightful and the text is simple enough for my early reader to read independently though he does asks me for a bit of help with a few of the harder words. Big City Otto is recommended for children ages 8-11 and my own son has literally spent hours pouring over the graphic illustrations and hilarious text.
I suspect that this would be an excellent book in the target age group and especially for reluctant readers who are sure to enjoy the graphics and adventures of the main characters. We look forward to the next books in the Elephants Never Forget book series!
You can purchase Big City Otto by visiting the Kids Can Press website. The hardcover edition is only $16.95 and a paperback version is available for $7.95.
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*