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About the Author

Dave Whitaker is the father of two boys who happen to love stories about mice, knights, wizards, and kings. His sons are featured in the book 'Kids Do the Darndest Things...And Then Dad Posts It on Facebook.' Dave previously wrote non-fiction in different capacities. His company, Toolbox Training (toolboxtrainingonline.com), is devoted to developing resources and training for adults who work with children. He also formed Dave’s Music Database (davesmusicdatabase.com) to share his passion for music. Under that banner, he published a book about the top 100 songs of the rock era and a collection of essays originally posted on his blog at davesmusicdatabase.blogspot.com. You can learn more about Dave’s work at WritbyWhit.com. Also check out otterandarthur.com.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1479106216
  • ISBN-13: 978-1479106219
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,138,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Whitaker, the founder of Toolbox Training (toolboxtrainingonline.com), entered the child care profession in 1987. He oversaw programs for preschool through middle-school age kids and conducted hundreds of workshops for adults working with children. He served on the Missouri School-Age Care Coalition and Missouri Accreditation state boards as well as the Parents As Teachers Family Network board. He taught for the School-Age Care degree program at Concordia University in St. Paul, MN. He has a Master of Education with a focus on Creative Arts in Learning and a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication. Since 2013, he has worked for the Francis Institute for Child & Youth Development.

He also shares his passion for music via DavesMusicDatabase.com which is devoted to the collection, consolidation, and promotion of music history and best-of lists. His Facebook page (facebook.com/davesmusicdatabase) has followers in 40 countries and his blog (davesmusicdatabase.blogspot.com/) has had more than a half million hits. From 2011-2013, he wrote a music-themed column, "Aural Fixation," for PopMatters.com.

While most of his writing is non-fiction, he has also penned a pair of children's novel, 'Otter and Arthur and the Sword in the Stone' and 'Otter and Arthur and the Round Table' which explore how King Arthur owed his success to a mouse nicknamed Otter. Follow of all Whitaker's writings at WritByWhit.com.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Duane Porter on January 6, 2013
Format: Paperback
This is a delightful chapter book that introduces younger readers to the classic tale of "The Sword in the Stone." The principal character is Otter, a mouse, whose simple life changes as he meets Arthur, spies on Arthur's training, and becomes enamored of a life of knighthood, adventure, and chivalry.
Otter experiences challenges as a mouse dealing with cats and falcons, with humans who think mice are best stepped on, and with his own family who fear he will run off and disappear like his crazy uncle. Otter, however, is destined to not only overcome his problems but to play a key role in Arthur's journey to the throne.
Even though there is a lot of magic flying around to make things easier for Otter, it is his own courage and persistence in the face of obstacles that helps him succeed. And isn't that what a great story should tell?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Beverly Whitaker on September 18, 2012
Format: Paperback
I just finished reading "Otter and Arthur" and I am really pleased with it. I figured if your son's friend insisted on reading it in one sitting, I should try that, too. This story will wear well with parents reading it multiple times. As a teacher, I used to read chapter books with my fourth grade classes; they would have loved this one. Otter has PERSONALITY with a capital P; from the outset, I was chuckling out loud. And as the book progressed, I saw expressions of Otter's other emotions along with engrossing adventures. Arthur is a believable character, nicely developed. I expected to like the book, but I wasn't sure just how you could pull off the combination of a mouse and the child who becomes King Arthur -- you really did it well!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Ellyn on October 8, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is an adorable YA book about friendship as told through a mouse's eyes. Playing on Arthurian Legend, it is full of adventures for both King Arthur, as a boy, and Otter, the little mouse who lives in Merlin's cottage. Completely age appropriate for 9 to 13 reader and a great bedtime book for the parent reading to younger children.

Perfect Holiday or Birthday Present for a YA, parent or grandparent!

P.S. I was very honored to watch this book come to written life, as Dave Whitaker is a fellow Kansas City author and member of the Monday Night Writers. His style of writing keeps me smiling, giggling or gasping as I feverishly turn the pages of his story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ShotByGunn on September 17, 2012
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Whitaker takes this classic tale by the tail, adapting it for elementary school children through the eyes of Otter, an adventurous mouse. Otter's perspective is a fun and clever approach to meeting the soon-to-be King Arthur. This "chapter book" allows kids to travel with the young mouse into Camelot, above Dragon's Head, and on to the field for jousting. In addition to learning a few new vocabulary words, I (yes, the adult and parent!) enjoyed the good values of the great Otter and his side-kick, the adolescent Arthur.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christine L. Williams on August 26, 2012
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This is a wonderful take on the sword and the stone from the perspective of Otter, young Arthur's mouse friend. Not only will your children love this story of adventure, but as a parent you will love reading it. Fast-paced an action-packed (while being age-appropriate), this will be a cherished bed time story for years to come.
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