Another children's book! I know, I'm an unreformable "cute" addict. I can't help myself. Otto Grows Down is definitely a cute book, but it's also a wonderful story.
On Otto's 6th birthday, he blows out his birthday candles and makes a wish . . . that his new sister Anna had never been born. Time immediately begins to go backwards. After a week, the family returns Anna to the hospital, but that doesn't end the reversal of time. Instead, Otto goes to the barber to have his hair made longer. He unpaints a painting at kindergarten, brings in the trash on trash day and slides backwards up the slide.
Time just keeps going backwards for years and when he's put back into a diaper Otto realizes that if he can't find a way to stop his wish, he'll cease to exist just as Anna did. Finally, he gets his chance and wishes to be 6, again. Of course, he's thrilled to be back to normal. And, now, he really appreciates his baby sister.
Otto Grows Down has a lovely theme about acceptance but it's also quite funny. The illustrations are perfect -- cartoonishly bold and humorous. This would be a great book to prepare little ones for a new sibling or a fun book to read in class. When I wrote my review of Monkey Monkey Monkey, a teacher left a comment saying her class begs to have Otto Grows Down read to them every day. That's MJ -- MJ, I can't figure out if you have a blog or I'd link up to you.
In fact, I looked online and was only able to find one other blog review:
Two of a Kind, Working on a Full House
Let me know if you've reviewed this book and would like me to add a link. This is another one I had hoped to read to a group of children and I'm disappointed that I didn't get to hear a bunch of little ones giggling. I'm sure this book gets a great reaction and I highly recommend it to any and all parents, grandparents and teachers. It's easy to imagine this story becoming a timeless classic.
Just finished:Ghost Cats of the South by Randy Russell - This one's a library check-out and I'm going to skip the full review, but I'd say the stories in Ghost Cats of the South could be classified as "legends", as opposed to true paranormal encounters -- great curl-up-by-the-fire stories that will scare your socks off.
Also recently finished:Sometimes My Heart Pushes My Ribs by Ellen Kennedy (poetry), The Musician's Daughter by Susanne Dunlap (YA), As Shadows Fade by Colleen Gleason (paranormal historical romance) and Mrs. Meyer's Clean Home by Thelma Meyers (Non-fiction).
I'm not sure of the order in which I'll review these books, but whenever I get around to posting about As Shadows Fade, I'll be doing a giveaway for one of Colleen's books, again. So, hang around if you're in the mood to try to win a great escapist historical vampire novel! Back soon!