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Otto's Orange Day: TOON Level 3 Hardcover – April 7, 2008
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About the Author
Jay Lynch, who wrote Otto’s story, was born in Orange, NJ (honest, ORANGE, NJ!). He now lives in upstate New York with his wife, his dog, and way too many cats. He is the founder of Bijou Funnies, one of the first and most important underground comics of the Sixties, and for many years wrote the weekly syndicated comic strip, Phoebe and the Pigeon People. He has helped create some of Topps Chewing Gum’s most popular humor products, such as Wacky Packages and Garbage Pail Kids.
Top Customer Reviews
Otto (a cat) has a favorite color - orange. If he had his druthers, the whole world would be one big orange explosion. One day Otto receives an orange oil lamp from his Aunt, and a genie appears to grant his wish. Just like that, everything is tangerine. It starts out great, but Otto soon learns that some things are better off in full color. Food, for instance. And traffic lights, they are different colors for a reason. It's also handy to be able to describe someone as something other than orange, especially if said person is a fugitive from the law. Pretty quick, our hero is a bit spooked and looking for ways to change things back to the good ol' days of brown colored lamb chops. That task proves to be difficult, since the genie only grants one wish. Otto must use his wits to bring back the Technicolor.
The illustrations are suitably cartoonish in style, with heavy outlines and vibrant colors. The dialog is spoken using word bubbles. As for the way the book is put together, much love to Françoise Mouly. I dig the design. I'm always a sucker for paper on board covers. The title has this cool floating effect that I like.Read more ›
The dilemma is familiar to many parents of boys: beginning reader books about puppies, kittens, helping Mommy, and making friends are BORING. My son loved being read to, but he wanted stories that were exciting, fun, and full of adventure. We made weekly trips to the library, were willing to shell out significant amounts of money at the bookstore, anything to get our son past the beginning reader stage to the early chapter books stage.
A lot of bargaining went on: "Look, son, just read this boring book about Biscuit taking a bath and I'll give you a piece of candy." Or: "We'll read two chapters of BeastQuest if you'll just read three pages of this Level 1-2 book about dolphins." Children these days are sophisticated consumers: if they've watched Planet Earth and can follow a well-plotted television program, why are they going to want to read a beginning-level book about bunnies making friends? Sure, he had the aptitude to read, but it was becoming a CHORE, and we needed it to be a FUN experience.
So, what was our salvation? 1. Humorous books. There are very few beginning reader books with any sense of excitement, but there are several with humor--sophisticated, silly humor that kids respond to. I was desperate; I would've bought him a dozen books about farts if he would read them. Thank God it didn't come to that (of course that may just be because I never encountered any). 2. Books with sequential illustrations (comic books). If half the story is told through pictures, a child can glean meaning through visual context, and can actually read more challenging words. If there's a picture of a genie in the book, he's more likely to guess that G-E-N-I-E spells "genie.Read more ›
And that paragraph above, whilst carefully summing up the story, singularly fails to get over the idea and the joy of the book. Just like all Toon Books, there's a glorious sense of excitement and sheer fun to each simply crafted, expertly realised page.
Children will love the story, of the control, the wish-fulfillment and the discovery of the prolems of an orange world (Orange lamb chops? All orange traffic lights?) and the subsequent solution to the age old problem of one wish per owner of the magical lamp (sell it to his Aunt; new owner equals new wish - simple!). The language used is wonderful, particularly during Otto's excited rush around his newly orange world, where all of the dialogue rhymes. Otto's Orange Day will be lots of fun for a new reader and was great fun to read aloud. What a great bedtime story.
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Sorry, I returned this book. The idea of a comic-style children's book was very appealing but the story itself was uninteresting. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Lois Doyle
The title character of OTTO’S ORANGE DAY is a young male kitten. Otto’s favorite color is orange. He likes it so much that he even makes up a song about it. Read morePublished on January 30, 2014 by tvtv3
My 6 yrs old daughter loves it... She read many night before goes to bed and she never gets bored of this story.Published on December 21, 2013 by Franky Juwana
It is good to find some books for kids. It is in very good condition. will check and buy other books in the future.Published on September 17, 2013 by ziqin yang
I'm a read-aloud mom with a family of boys.
Imagine when your early reader crows with pride that he read this whole book BY HIMSELF!
Oh, yes. Read more
Well-written, well-drawn early reader book. This is a good series. I can't submit this review yet because they tell me more words are required. There!Published on January 7, 2013 by sheep107
My not-quite-6 y o is learning to read and finding material he's willing to attempt has been difficult. Read morePublished on May 25, 2011 by Bibliophilic
Written at the AR 2.1 level (accelerated reading), "Otto's Orange Day" is going to be perfect for those children that are reading at and above age-level. Read morePublished on January 30, 2011 by The Invisible Pam
"Otto's Orange Day" is a new Toon Book available to schools only from Treasure Bay. Written as a cartoon story with lively colored illustrations, "Otto's Orange Day" will tempt the... Read morePublished on January 24, 2011 by Midwest Book Review