Otter and Odder

A Love Story

By James Howe; Chris Raschka (Illustrator)
(Candlewick Press (MA), Hardcover, 9780763641740, 40pp.)

Publication Date: October 9, 2012

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Fall '12 Kids List
“Otter is looking for food and finds love. They just happen to be the same thing -- a fish named Myrtle. The other animals will not tolerate this odd behavior, and Myrtle cannot love an otter who eats her friends and family. With the help of a wise Beaver, will Otter live 'happily ever after' with his fish? Or is his tale destined to end 'And so their love could never be?' Raschka's abstract crayon and watercolor illustrations exude playfulness, their colors highlighting the emotions of James Howe's wonderful text.”
-- Marika McCoola, Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley, MA


Description

When an otter falls in love with a fish, can he dare to follow his heart? A delicious ode to nonconformity from a stellar picture-book pair.

The day Otter found love, he wasn’t looking for it. He was looking for dinner. But then he gazed into the round, sweet, glistening eyes of Myrtle the fish, and he knew. "Impossible," he said. "I am in love with my food source." As for Myrtle, her first desire was: Please don’t eat me. But soon her heart awakened to a future she could never have imagined. The inseparable duo played hide-and-seek and told each other stories, but everyone said that was not the way of the otter. Could their love (and Myrtle) possibly survive? Aided by Chris Raschka’s illustrations in a fresh faux-naïf style, James Howe tells a warm, witty tale about finding kindred spirits in the oddest of places-and having the good sense to keep them.




About the Author
James Howe is the acclaimed author of more than seventy books for young readers, including the much-lauded "Bunnicula "and its sequels. He lives in Yonkers, New York.

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Chris Raschka, writer, illustrator and trained violist is one of the country's top children's book talents. His Yo! Yes? was a Caldecott Honor Book in 1993 while his Hello Goodbye Window won the Caldecott Medal in 2005 . This is Chris's first picture book for Houghton Mifflin Books for Children.
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