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Otto's Backwards Day (Toon Books)by Frank Cammuso
Synopses & Reviews
Someone stole Ottos birthday! When Otto and his robot sidekick, Toot, follow the crook, they discover a topsy-turvy world where rats chase cats and people wear underpants over their clothes. To get his presents back, Otto needs to solve a slew of backwards puzzles — but his greatest challenge comes at the journeys very end. On this special day, will Otto discover something even better than cake or gifts?
"Five years after Otto's Orange Day, Cammuso and Lynch return with Otto the cat's second adventure. Luckily for Otto, his birthday is tomorrow; unluckily, someone has stolen his gifts. Catching a glimpse of the thief, Otto follows the perpetrator into Professor Barkwords's doghouse laboratory. Readers get a crash course in palindromes (and what's really important where birthdays are concerned) as Otto travels through the professor's gateway to 'the backwards world... a world very much like our own, except that everything is backwards, topsy-turvy,' Barkwords explains. Otto will be fine there, since his name is a palindrome, and so will his companion, a robot named Toot who can transform into a race car and kayak (palindromes, as well). The oddities of the backwards world provide fast-paced thrills as Otto and Toot are pursued by the 'star rats' police force ('Rats chasing a cat! That is backwards!' quips Otto) and find out who stole Otto's birthday loot. There's a message about the importance of friends and family underlying the story, but Cammuso's action-packed cartooning keeps the emphasis on fun. Ages 4 — 8." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Someone stole Ottoand#8217;s birthday! To get his presents back, Otto needs to solve a slew of backwards puzzles.
Someone stole Otto's birthday! To get his presents back, Otto needs to solve a slew of puzzlesand#8212;but his greatest challenge comes at his journey's end. Kirkus Reviews declares this book "a snappy follow-up to Otto's Orange Day."
About the Author
Frank Cammuso lives in Syracuse, New York, where he writes and draws the graphic novel series Knights of the Lunch Table, a middle-school version of the King Arthur tales. He is also the writer and illustrator of the forthcoming series The Misadventures of Salem Hyde. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, The Village Voice, and on Slate.
Jay Lynch lives in upstate New York. He is the founder of Bijou Funnies, one of the first and most important underground comics of the sixties, and for many years wrote the weekly syndicated comic strip Phoebe & the Pigeon People. He has helped create some of Toppss most popular humor products, such as Wacky Packages and Garbage Pail Kids.
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