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Otto Goes to the Beach Hardcover – May 1, 2003


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About the Author

Todd Parr has created 19 bestselling books for children, and maintains a hugely popular website.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (May 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316738700
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316738705
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #964,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Todd Parr is the author and illustrator of more than 30 books for children, including the New York Times bestselling The I Love You Book, The Earth Book, and The Thankful Book. His books are available in over fifteen languages throughout the world. He is the co-creator of the popular children's television show ToddWorld as well as short films for Sesame Street. Todd has partnered with Target, Hilton, TOMY, Stouffer's and several companies and organizations to help people and animals. Todd's books have won several awards and his TV show, ToddWorld, was nominated for three Daytime Emmy® awards. Todd lives in Berkeley, California with his family Pete, Tater Tot and Jerry.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By G. Lastrapes on March 19, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Even for adults, reaching out and making friends can be daunting. Turns out the same is true for dogs. Who knew? Otto goes to the beach and can't seem to find a friend with the same interests as him. But his persistence ultimately pays off, and he eventually finds a friend who loves the same things that he does.

Yes, his shorts fall off while surfing and a cat laughs at his misfortune (something a child might find terribly hurtful). However, anyone who has a remotely prurient response to a cartoon dog losing his shorts - aside from being seriously troubled and a possible threat to society - has missed the point entirely. Fortunately, the point of each of the Otto books is spelled out in no uncertain terms on the last page.

The drawings are very simple and the color palette limited to primary and secondary colors, which is completely appropriate when designing for children at this stage of their development.

My daughter has a ton of books to choose from, yet asks for this one every night at bedtime. In fact, the reason I even came to this page is because it's time to buy a new copy. Todd Parr's books are a delight and address issues that we may have forgotten made us anxious when we were kids, and they're written with genuine affection for his readers. What more could you want from a children's book?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Boston Bluesman on November 30, 2006
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Otto Goes to the Beach is a great book for small childern. Yes the character development is limited, the writing simplist, and the color choices and drawings primative - prefect for a small child. I would highly recommend this book for parent with childern under 5. Tood Parr has developed a highly loveable character and his books have great messages. Also check out Otto goes to school.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thomas J. Decapito on July 13, 2009
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My kids are 6 & 4 , These books by Todd Parr are great and this particular book is even greater. I've gotten a lot of his books off amazon and they are so funny , colorful , bright and entertaining for kids and the reader (usually Mom or Dad). I hear Todd has a new book out soon also . I suggest you stock- up on these books by Todd Parr , he is the Dr. Seuss of our day.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By nimblemiss on December 27, 2013
Format: Hardcover
My 2 year old daughter absolutely loves this book. We have to read it every night before bed. She actually is starting to tell me the story. It is a good book about making friends and is teaching her some emotional meanings. I am looking into buying some more Otto books for her soon!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca L on March 31, 2005
Format: Hardcover
An engaging book about an oddball dog who has trouble finding a friend but finally makes a buddy. A nice change from a lot of the "cutesy" kids books. We also like "Do's and Don'ts of Underwear" by Todd Parr.
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By Mom2boys on March 27, 2011
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Ok, perhaps not perfect to an adult, but the child...he loves it! A few years ago I obtained two Otto books (one on clearance at the bookstore, the other I can't recall) which my two year old son devoured! One night, he was looking at the back cover of the book and told me he wanted this title, and another Otto book pictured on the back. I then searched online and found every Otto title but this one. He was heartbroken and constantly begged for the beach book. I FINALLY found it and gave it to him right before our beach vacation. He was so excited! The Otto stories are very simplistic, and the artwork the same, which I think is why it appeals to preschoolers. My 18 month old frequently pulls the Otto books off the shelf himself and peruses the pages at his own leisure.

I dropped it a star, from a parent's perspective, because I agree with another reviewer that being laughed at for your pants falling down is an odd thing to put in a child's book, and I am trying to teach my 4 year old not to make fun of others. I also think that that children need to learn compromise, and in this book Otto basically doesn't want to be friends with anyone who doesn't like to do what he likes. However, I guess these are good teaching points for preschoolers.

That being said, I know my 4 year old would give it 10 stars if he could, and this is a preschool book, so the child's opinion is what matters.
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