Reader Reviewed Ottoline and the Purple Fox by Chris Riddell

Ottoline and the Purple Fox

Written by Chris Riddell
Illustrated by Chris Riddell
Part of the Ottoline Series

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The Lovereading4Kids comment

In a nutshell: nonstop surprises in the Big City | This is the fourth adventure for Ottoline and her best friend Mr Munroe, and it is every bit as enchanting, witty and surprising as the first. The emphasis is on friendship in this story: with her parents still roving the world for interesting items to add to their ever-growing collection of objects, Ottoline holds a dinner party. Guests include the dashing Purple Fox, a new friend, who has introduced Ottoline to some of the city’s most exciting inhabitants and hidden secrets. She’s able to repay him by drawing his attention to something lovely that he’s failed to see. Chris Riddell’s illustrations are as dazzling as ever; it’s worth lingering over every page to revel in the fluency of his line and to look out for the myriad little details. Ottoline is a delight for readers of all ages. ~ Andrea Reece

Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to the review by one of the Lovereading4kids editorial experts some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel members were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Olivia Faulkner, age 10    - 'I would really recommend for people my age to read this book; Ottoline is my favourite book character. The fantastic pictures make it even better!'
  • Daniel Bisland, age 9   - 'I love this book, especially the illustrations. Chris Riddell is the best author/illustrator ever. If you haven’t discovered Chris Riddell yet, read his other Ottoline books as they are great!'
  • Anya Fuller, age 9 - 'I love it! Ottoline is a great character with a great imagination! Ottoline and the Purple Fox is a brilliant book!'
  • Zoe Basson, age 9 - 'Once again I am amazed. I have read most of Chris Riddell's books and they just seem to be getting better...Quirky, cool and funny, this book is perfect for children and adults of every age. I couldn't put it down!'
  • Mila Humphryes, age 9 - 'Ottoline and the Purple Fox is a page turner of a book, fantastically exciting, creative, mind-boggling and breath-taking. I loved it so much that I read it in one day - a personal record.'
  • Ava Sorrell, age 10 - 'Ottoline and the Purple Fox is one the those books, like all of Chris Riddell's, that once you pick it up you can't put it down.  I thought it was an amazing, exciting and decorative book that really drew me in.'    
  • Harriet Parker, age 9 - 'This books is a fun fantasy with amazing pictures. I loved it...I liked the pictures and how the purple fox took Ottoline on an urban safari, seeing all the animals that lived in the town.'
  • Toby Little, age 8 - 'I like this book because it shows that people can surprise you, and the book is funny, too. I really wish it was longer.'
  • Monty Benton, age 8 - 'This book was so good. I read it in one go as soon as I got it. I would definitely give it 10/10 and would recommend it to children aged 7- teenagers but grownups would love it too!'
  • Beatrice Whithear, age 9 - 'A fantastic book about a little girl called Ottoline, her best friend Mr Munroe and meeting a Purple Fox...I really want to read all the Ottoline books now, I would score this 9 3/4 out of 10.'
  • Bethany Urquhart, age 10 - 'The book is as good as the first ones in the series but slightly different...a great book and is suitable for all.'
  • Rebecca Urquhart, age 7 - 'This book was quite exciting and I liked the story.'


Ottoline and the Purple Fox by Chris Riddell

Ottoline is back in Ottoline and the Purple Fox, a brand new adventure from Children's Laureate, Chris Riddell. Ottoline and Mr Munroe love puzzles, clues and mysteries. One day, they meet an enigmatic purple fox, who offers to take them on a night-time urban safari. The fox shows them all the hidden animals of the city and Ottoline makes notes on them in her field notebook. Mr Munroe is making notes too - on the anonymous poems he finds stuck to lampposts on their journey. Who is the secretive poet, and how can he and Ottoline help them mend their broken heart? Includes a free fold-up-and-keep fortune teller!


Praise for the Ottoline books

‘Beautifully illustrated’ Guardian

‘Each page is designed with retro elegance’ Sunday Times

‘Delightfully elegant, packed with quirky detail, clever pictorial surprises and visual jokes’ Daily Mail

‘Possibly the most instantly covetable book ever published’ Sunday Telegraph

About the Author

Chris Riddell

Children's Laureate 2015-2017

One of the World Book Day 2015 Authors Chris Riddell was our Author and Illustrator of the Month in December 2010. Click here to find out more.

Chris Riddell is a prolific writer and illustrator whose work is familiar to both children and adults. He is known especially for his distinctive line drawings with their clever caricature, fascinating detail and often enchanting fantasy elements. He has won the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal twice, in 2002 for Pirate Diary and in 2004 for Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver. His solo work includes the Goth Girl series, the Ottoline series and the picture books The Emperor of Absurdia and Alienography. The first Goth Girl novel won the Costa Children’s Book Award in 2013. He received the Hay Festival Medal for Illustration at the 2015 Hay Festival.

He has worked widely with a variety of collaborators: Paul Stewart on the Muddle Earth, Edge Chronicles and Wyrmweald series; Neil Gaiman on The Graveyard Book, The Sleeper and the Spindle, and Fortunately the Milk, and Russell Brand on Trickster Tales: The Pied Piper of Hamelin. He has also illustrated A Great Big Cuddle: Poems for the Very Young by former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen, published in September.

In addition to his children’s books, Chris is a renowned political cartoonist whose work appears in The Observer, The Literary Review and The New Statesman. He lives in Brighton with his wife and has three grown-up children.

Chris Riddell on John Tenniel : "Before I knew a thing about him, John Tenniel was a hero of mine, or rather, I should say, his white rabbit was. As a child I copied Tenniel’s illustrations from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland obsessively, particularly his drawing of the White Rabbit in waistcoat and frock coat, umbrella tucked under one arm and a pocket watch in paw, a look of suppressed panic in his eye. I loved analysing the shading, intricate lines of cross-hatching, the folds of the sleeve, the tilt of the head, that wide-eyed rabbit stare. Tenniel was one of the reasons I became an illustrator."

Photo credit Jo Riddell.

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192 pages
Interest Age: From 7


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Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Publication date

22nd September 2016




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