Otto the bear lives in a book, and he is happiest when performing his literary role for the young readers of the house. But when his story is placed back on the shelf, the adventuresome bear, in a whimsical stroke of metafiction, likes to climb out of its pages and go exploring. The trouble starts when the family moves away and inadvertently leaves Otto’s book behind. In a refreshing twist on this familiar trope, resilient Otto packs his book bag and heads out to find himself a new home. After a tough time in the bustling, indifferent city, the ursine little fellow stumbles upon a place “full of light and hope. You guessed it—the library. Spacious white backgrounds put the book’s winsome art deservedly front and center and highlight its distinctive black outlines and soft washes of color and shading. The unadorned text fits nicely with Cleminson’s varied compositions. A charming, gentle celebration of books and libraries. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Kristen McKulski
"With colourful, bold-line illustrations, this is a charming story for age three and up" -- Mary Arrigan Irish Examiner "The thickly inked illustrations surrounded by lots of white space have an uncluttered, simple look that is appropriate for young readers ... A sweet tale" -- Martha Simpson School Library Journal "Cleminson, selected as one of Booktrust's Best New Illustrators for her lovely, inky line, subtle sense of colour and child-friendly playfulness, has produced an ideal story for communicating the magic of reading" -- Nicolette Jones The Sunday Times "Katie captured the judges' imagination with her dreamy illustrations" Guardian "There's something genially old-fashioned about it all. Otto endures hardship and adventure (including the brush-off he receives from a pair of alley cats) as he flees his old existence and finds new sources of companionship. In this case, the animal adrift ends up with fellow story characters as well as with human readers, who, as they will in real life too, want to keep Otto around" -- Pamela Paul The New York Times
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