Otto's Trunk (New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books (Awards))

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9780060009564: Otto's Trunk (New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books (Awards))

Poor Otto. All he wants to do is fit in with the rest of the elephants in the school yard, but all the herd wants to do is make fun of his trunk. And try as he may, Otto can't find any way to improve his appearance. It seems as though he'll be picked on forever. That is, until one Friday morning, when everything changes. . . .

This inspired picture book from acclaimed author and artist Sandy Turner brings a distinctive wit and charm to a classic concept. otto's trunk is a story for everyone who feels like they don't fit in, and about finding the sometimes hidden qualities that make each of us -- even the elephants -- unique and special.

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About the Author:

Sandy Turner collects junk. Sandy Turner has a dog. Sandy Turner's five foot eight, got brown eyes, and is the author of three books: Grow Up, Otto's Trunk, and Silent Night. Sandy Turner won a prize for silent night, the Ragazzi Award in Italy. He didn't win the Turner Prize. Sandy Turner says, "Only real artists win that."

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PreSchool-Grade 2-This charmless story of a late-blooming elephant with a tiny trunk falls hopelessly flat. Every day for a week, Otto endures the mean-spirited ridicule and ostracism of his classmates. He tries a variety of trunk-lengthening exercises to no avail; his parents are no help either. Relief finally arrives on Friday, when Otto's disappointing trunk unexpectedly produces some surprisingly impressive snorts, and by Saturday, he sprouts a pair of tusks to boot. Childlike illustrations feature rough patches of color against an otherwise monochromatic, paper-bag brown background. Turner's narrative features comic-book style captions and speech bubbles to help flesh out the dialogue. While Otto cuts an engaging figure, the story as a whole leaves a lot to be desired.
Catherine Threadgill, Charleston County Public Library, SC
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