Otto Grows Down by Michael Sussman


Otto Grows Down by Michael Sussman

What would it be like if time went backwards? One unlucky little boy is about to find out! Otto has just one birthday wish: that his new baby sister Anna had never been born. His wish comes true when the days suddenly start moving in reverse. But now, instead of growing up, Otto's growing DOWN. He's getting younger every minute and in danger of disappearing entirely. Can he turn things around before it's too late for Anna and himself? Brilliant illustrations by the fabulous Scott Magoon capture all the fun of this whimsical tale. Kids will want to read this it again and again.


The deadpan drollery of Magoon's cartoon-style illustrations should appeal to adults as well as children, matching the quirkiness of Sussman's premise. Otto's demonstrative lack of enthusiasm as he shakes his rattle for Anna is flat-out hilarious, and his growing consternation as he begins to live his life backward comes across loud and clear. Genuine issue gracefully handled. -- Kirkus Reviews

Along the way, the book hits just the right notes of childish frustration at a new sibling - sassy, not snotty. (Sussman is a clinical psychologist, which likely explains his eerily accurate mapping of Otto's id-urges.) And though the story ends up with Otto's newfound appreciation for Anna, it's a sweet ending rather than a saccharine one. -- Austin American-Statesman

About the Author

Scott Magoon has illustrated numerous picture books, including Ugly Fish (Harcourt Children's Books, 2006), written by Kara LaReau; Luck of the Loch Ness Monster: A Tale of Picky Eating (Houghton Mifflin, 2007), written by Alice Weaver Flaherty; and Hugo and Miles In I've Painted Everything (Houghton Mifflin, 2007), which he himself wrote.

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32 pages


Michael Sussman
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Publication date

9th April 2009



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