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Otter and Odder: A Love Story



by
James Howe
illustrated by
Chris Raschka

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Candlewick
Imprint
Candlewick
ISBN
9780763641740
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JLG Category

Easy Reading Plus

The day Otter found love, he wasn’t looking for it. He was looking for dinner. But then he gazed into the round, sweet eyes of Myrtle the fish. Full-color watercolor and pencil illustrations.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

40

Trim Size

7 7/8" x 8 11/16"

Dewey

E

AR

3.7: points 0.5

Lexile

AD650L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

2

JLG Release

Jan 2013

Book Genres


Topics

Otters. Fishes. Love.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist, Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

Swimming through a river in search of a meal, Otter comes face-to-face with a doe-eyed fish and finds love instead. The fish wants only to escape, but gazing into her captor’s eyes, she sees “a tender and lonely heart revealed,” and her own “tremulous/fish-not-wishing-to-be-dinner/heart” awakens to the possibility of affection. Alas, the course of true love never does run smooth, particularly when meandering through the links of the food chain, and the couple’s idyllic happiness is short-lived. Tongues wag (“‘It isn’t right.’/‘It isn’t natural.’/‘It isn’t the way of the otter’”), causing him doubts, while his beloved wonders how she can love someone who feeds upon her family and friends. However, this romance is not destined to end in tragedy: inspired by Beaver’s astute words (“…there is/the way of the otter/and there is/the way of the heart./It is up to you to decide which to follow”), Otter makes his choice—and a change in diet (apples and aspen bark can be very tasty)—paving the way for a happily-ever-after conclusion. Howe’s narrative incorporates humor, earnest emotion, and a likable protagonist to convey important truths about following one’s heart and looking beyond the expectations of others. The text is lyrical and rhythmically cadenced, unfurling gracefully like a blossoming flower to reveal its wisdom. Resplendent in sparkling sun-warmed hues, Raschka’s watercolor-and-pencil illustrations use stick-figure-style characters and unembellished shapes to strike the perfect balance of simplicity and eloquence. Like Leo Lionni’s wonder-filled fables, this tale entertains while it inspires.—Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Swimming through a river in search of a meal, Otter comes face-to-face with a doe-eyed fish and finds love instead. The fish wants only to escape, but gazing into her captor’s eyes, she sees “a tender and lonely heart revealed,” and her own “tremulous/fish-not-wishing-to-be-dinner/heart” awakens to the possibility of affection. Alas, the course of true love never does run smooth, particularly when meandering through the links of the food chain, and the couple’s idyllic happiness is short-lived. Tongues wag (“‘It isn’t right.’/‘It isn’t natural.’/‘It isn’t the way of the otter’”), causing him doubts, while his beloved wonders how she can love someone who feeds upon her family and friends. However, this romance is not destined to end in tragedy: inspired by Beaver’s astute words (“…there is/the way of the otter/and there is/the way of the heart./It is up to you to decide which to follow”), Otter makes his choice—and a change in diet (apples and aspen bark can be very tasty)—paving the way for a happily-ever-after conclusion. Howe’s narrative incorporates humor, earnest emotion, and a likable protagonist to convey important truths about following one’s heart and looking beyond the expectations of others. The text is lyrical and rhythmically cadenced, unfurling gracefully like a blossoming flower to reveal its wisdom. Resplendent in sparkling sun-warmed hues, Raschka’s watercolor-and-pencil illustrations use stick-figure-style characters and unembellished shapes to strike the perfect balance of simplicity and eloquence. Like Leo Lionni’s wonder-filled fables, this tale entertains while it inspires.—Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal

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