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TOON LEVEL: 3
INTEREST LEVEL: Age 5+
READING LEVEL: Grades 2-3
LEXILE LEVEL: 480
GUIDED READING LEVEL: J
AUTHORS: Frank Cammuso,
DIMENSIONS: 6" x 9"
About the Book
When Otto the Cat meets a magical genie, he knows just what to wish for: he makes the whole world orange! At first, this new, bright world seems like a lot of fun, but when his mom serves orange spinach for lunch, Otto realizes that his favorite color isn’t the best color for everything. Fixing this mixed-up world won’t be easy, though, because Otto already used up his only wish. To save the day, Otto will need his family’s help, some quick thinking, and…a pizza? Two master cartoonists collaborate to bring all the fun and magic comics can offer to early readers.
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About the Authors
Frank Cammuso, who drew Otto’s adventure, lives in Syracuse, New York, where he is the award-winning political cartoonist for the Syracuse Post-Standard. He is the Eisner-nominated creator of Max Hamm Fairy Tale Detective, selected as one of the Top Ten Graphic Novels of 2006 by Booklist, and is at work on Knights of the Lunch Table, a middle school version of King Arthur and his Knights. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Village Voice and Slate.
Jay Lynch, who wrote Otto’s story, was born in Orange, NJ (honest, ORANGE, NJ!). He now lives in upstate New York with his wife, his dog, and way too many cats. 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 and the Pigeon People. He has helped create some of Topps Chewing Gum’s most popular humor products, such as Wacky Packages and Garbage Pail Kids.
"Two veteran cartoonists collaborate to create a comic-strip-style book for beginning readers....Offer this to book readers with a bit of experience under their belts and an interest in comics and cartoons."
--School Library Journal
"Otto’s Orange Day is an absolute delight to read."
--Read About Comics
"This book is sure to engage a new generation in the art form; kids will want to read it once, then return to it again and again."
"Low on violence and high on production values, this comics-format TOON Book will leave emergent readers wishing for more."
"Otto’s Orange Day is for every kid who is set in their ways and could use a nudge toward a broadening of horizons. Buy two copies – it’s a page-turner that beginning readers will likely wear out from dangerously high levels of enjoyment."
--School Library Journal
"There’s a glorious sense of excitement and sheer fun to each simply crafted, expertly realised page."
--Forbidden Planet International