Otis Dooda: Strange But True

otis doodaWritten by Ellen Potter, Illustrated by David Heatley

“Okay, let’s just get this over with. My name is Otis Dooda. Go on. Laugh. I’ve heard it all before.”

Ellen Potter, known for The Humming Room, gives us a silly and a bit crazy story in Otis Dooda. Otis’ family moves from the country to a 35th floor apartment in New York City. The misadventure begins immediately when he offends a strange kid hiding in a potted plant and thus gets cursed. Trying to escape the curse he meets other strange characters (neighbors) too, like a farting pony named Peaches who was disguised as a dog. Kids will laugh! The book reminds me of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books with the fart jokes, body humor and black and white sketches thru-out. It’s sure to please the same type of audience. Excellent choice to get reluctant readers to read.

Review by Jennifer Ford, South Kearns Elementary Media Center
Rating: ★★★★½ (4.5 stars)
Interest Level: 2-6

Series Website: www.otisdooda.com
Author Website: www.ellenpotter.com

Otis Dooda: Strange But True
Written by Ellen Potter, Illustrated by David Heatley
Feiwel and Friends
223 pages
Release Date: June 4, 2013
ISBN: 9781250011787 (hardcover)

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