Otto Carrotto by Chiara Carrer
  

Synopsis

Otto Carrotto by Chiara Carrer

Everyone is crazy about something. Otto s sister Trixie wants to wear her red shoes all the time; Otto s friend Willie refuses to take off his blue roller skates. For Otto, it s carrots. He can t get enough. Raw carrots, cooked carrots, carrot soup and carrot pizza. And of course, carrot cake. All is well until Otto eats a few too many carrots. But will Otto s solution make things any better? This book offers a humorous and quirky look at the way we all fall into habits and obsessions.

Reviews

Otto the rabbit resolves to eat carrots with the same single-minded passion he sees his friends devoting to their favorite shoes and roller skates. After a period of intense carrot consumption ('Raw carrots, cooked carrots, fried carrots, baked carrots. He eats carrot soup, carrot pizza, carrot cookies, and, of course, carrot cake'), Otto's fellow rabbits taunt him and even try to nibble at him after his ears turn into carrots. A quick switch to spinach solves the immediate problem, and turns Otto into a spinach superhero, with a Superman cape and a pipe like Popeye's. The story ends there, though, leaving readers to wonder whether eating bales of spinach is any better than overindulging in carrots. Newcomer Carrer's multimedia illustrations are the real draw. Otto and his friends cavort against backgrounds of painted newspaper and picture cutouts. Many small panel illustrations entertain (Otto flies in a carrot rocket and paddles a carrot boat), while scribbled lines and scumbled paint add texture and movement. For Carrer, art may be a better vehicle for storytelling than words. Publishers Weekly

's enthusiasm is depicted in a series of thumbnail drawings, even as his family tries to reason with him. Careful readers will find the speech balloon that warns, 'You'll turn into a carrot!'

! (2007), Helen Cooper's friendly romp about a fussy eater. In Otto's case, events take a decidedly ominous turn when his obsession changes him literally: His ears become carrots. Trixie and Willie want to nibble them. Worse, his classmates dub him Otto Carrotto and surround him, each wanting a bite of his ears. Chaotic collage art captures the frenzied mood even turning to white line on black at its darkest moment. Boldface text stresses the word repetition and helps set the pace as Otto decides no more carrots. While the tale's not for sensitive youngsters, more sophisticated readers will appreciate the joke when Otto decides next on spinach, only spinach. Kirkus Reviews

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Book Info

Format

Hardback
26 pages

Author

Chiara Carrer
More books by Chiara Carrer

Publisher

William B Eerdmans Publishing Co

Publication date

1st August 2011

ISBN

9780802853936


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