Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Otto's Backwards Day

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Book Review - Otto's Backwards Day

Otto's Backwards Day
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About the Book
Someone stole Otto’s birthday! When Otto and his robot sidekick, Toot, follow the crook, they discover a topsy-turvy world where rats chase cats and people wear underpants over their clothes. To get his presents back, Otto needs to solve a slew of backwards puzzles — but his greatest challenge comes at the journey’s very end. On this special day, will Otto discover something even better than cake or gifts?
About the Author
Frank Cammuso lives in Syracuse, New York, where he writes and draws the graphic novel series Knights of the Lunch Table, a middle-school version of the King Arthur tales. He is also the writer and illustrator of the forthcoming series The Misadventures of Salem Hyde. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, The Village Voice, and on Slate.

Jay Lynch lives in upstate New York. 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 & the Pigeon People. He has helped create some of Topps’s most popular humor products, such as Wacky Packages and Garbage Pail Kids.

My Take on the Book
This was a cute graphic novel for younger readers. With great illustrations and a light and fun story, kids ages 6-9 will love this. My daughter picked it up and within a very short time she finished it and then read it again, which is something I always love to see. The graphic novel is also action-packed, and it will leave you on the edge of your seat, wondering what will come next. Through the use of palindromes young readers will gain a better appreciation for language, but beyond that the author also shares a number of other important educational messages too, so the book is definitely not just a picture book - far from it!

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