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Otis Spofford Paperback – August 12, 2008
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Kirsten Martindale, Buford Academy, GA
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
“A really hilarious boy who is a classroom comedian, a show-off and a pest, but still very lovable.” (Publishers Weekly)
Top Customer Reviews
Beverly Cleary's "Otis Spofford" was one of the funniest books I ever read. I particularly enjoyed Otis' comments on how "dopey" the characters in the books he had to read for school acted. Ms. Cleary obviously wrote "Otis Spofford" for children who felt the same way about reading as Otis did. Otis is no dope and non-readers will love him for it!
Some of Ms. Cleary's older books are sometimes dismissed as being "quaint" or out of date with their 50's settings and families (father works and mom stays at home.) "Otis Spofford" was written in 1961, but Otis has a single mother who owns her own business and they live in an apartment. In some ways Ms. Cleary was ahead of her time; but there is no denying that Otis is a wildboy of the 50's. "Otis Spofford" is an extremely readable and hilarious book featuring the wonderful drawings of illustrator Louis Darling. (I've always preferred Mr. Darling's idealized illustrations of very 50's looking children (the girls in dresses or rolled up pants with moptop hairstyles, the boys in canvas hightop sneakers and bristled haircuts) which are in Ms. Cleary's older books to the illustrations of her more recent books which make some of the characters look rather ugly- Ramona is so much cuter when drawn by Louis Darling than Alan Tiegrin.)
She was fairly open as to what topic the books could be about; but she did not allow "war" books. Being a big military history buff even at age 10, this shrunk my preferences significantly. She did offer some recommendations on what was acceptable and prominent was the name of Beverly Cleary.
I went to the library and discovered quite a collection of Beverly Cleary books. I picked out "Henry Huggins" and took it home with me. I started to read it because I had to do a book report on something. As I read I began to enjoy it more and more. I found myself laughing at Henry's adventures. I was hooked. Every week I took out another Beverly Cleary book from the library. Henry, Ribsy, Beezus, and troublesome Ramona were the topics of most of my book reports. I would laugh while I gave my report and soon other students in my class were also reading Ms. Cleary's works.
"Otis Spofford" was different. Wheras Henry Huggins was just an average boy; Otis Spofford was a class clown and an instigator. Otis loved stirring the pot and sometimes his antics went too far. As a boy, I could not help but be enthralled by this wild kid. It is a very funny book.
Among my best friends in grade school were many of the "non-readers" of my class. These were the boys who dreaded being made to read out loud. The boys who never had a book report ready when it was their turn.Read more ›
If you liked this book I would recommend Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, another story of a boy looking for some excitement. Enjoy!
Reading this book right after Mitch and Amy sparked a GREAT discussion with my child about the difference between a kid who's just being annoying (Otis Spofford) and a kid who's actually being a bully (Alan Hibbler).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A classic children's book that is both smart and entertaining. I read it as a child, I bought it for my goddaughter and cannot wait for my own children to read it one day.Published 1 month ago by RebeccaMUA
OTIS SPOFFORD lives in a small Portland apartment with his frazzled mother, who runs a dance studio to support the family. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Allen Smalling
Henry Huggins was a typical 1950's boy with a working father and a stay-at-home mother. He got in trouble often, but never on purpose. Otis Spofford is quite another character. Read morePublished 6 months ago by just me
I hadn't read it since I was a kid. I loved it again, although not as much as I did as a child. I strongly recommend this and any other books by Beverly Cleary!Published 11 months ago by Carl N. Graves
my husband's favorite book as a child. Bought it for my granddaughter to read.Published 19 months ago by Elizabeth E Parker
I loved the book. It was very good. The only thing I would change was the ending. I felt that it needed morePublished 23 months ago by sumlin
Beverly Clearly is a wonderful author of children's books. I loved them so much as a child, I ordered them for my grandchildren to have. I know they will love them too!Published on May 4, 2014 by Cindy M