Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Otto Grows Down, a review



Otto Grows Down by Michael Sussman, illustrated by Scott Magoon
New York, NY: Sterling Publishing Co., Inc., 2009, 30 p.
Suggested Interest Level: Ages 4-8

Otto gets a new sister, and she’s just in time to ruin Otto’s sixth birthday. Otto is not happy about the new addition, which is made abundantly clear when he uses his one birthday wish to, “wish that Anna was never born!”

True to the secret power of birthday wishes made under the correct conditions, Otto gets his heart's desire. Unfortunately, when Otto rewraps and returns all of his presents, he starts to get an idea that something may have gone horribly wrong. From leaving the barber with longer hair than he started out with, to getting out of the bathtub dirty instead of clean, Otto's un-growth is producing more than a few undesirable consequences.

As Otto arrives at his fifth birthday he attempts to fix his fateful wish. No luck. Fourth birthday? No. Third? No. Otto is stuck and the situation isn't looking good as Otto’s second birthday also comes and goes.

Now, its Otto’s last chance; his first birthday, but what can he do, he can’t even talk anymore!

Find out more by checking out this delightful, sometimes disgusting book on being careful of what you wish for and learning that maybe that new baby isn’t so bad after all.

Like it? Want to read more picture books like this?

Picture books that deal with new siblings

When the New Baby Comes, I’m Moving Out by Martha G. Alexander
Brand-New Baby Blues by Kathi Appelt
No More Kissing! By Emma Chichester Clark
Bye-Bye Baby by Richard T. Morris

Picture books about new babies for the slightly older reader

Boss Baby by Marla Frazee
How to be a Baby --by me, the Big Sister by Sally Lloyd-Jones
Born Yesterday: The Diary of a Young Journalist by James Solheim
A Baby’s Coming to Your House! By Shelly Moore Thomas

Picture books with a touch of that unexpected magic:

Flora’s Very Windy Day by Jeanne Birdsall
The Shrinking of Treehorn by Florence Parry Heide
Bubble Trouble by Margaret Mahy
Monster Baby by Dian Curtis Regan
Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon
Imogene’s Antlers by David Small
Chalk by Bill Thomson
Tuesday by David Wiesner
April Wilson’s Magpie Magic: A Tale of Colorful Mischief by April Wilson

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