The boy who loved cars
Publication Date: June 21, 2011
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Otto loves cars more than anything else in the world. He plays with cars, he dreams about cars, . . . he even eats cars (his favorite cereal is Wheelies). But that all changes when he awakes one morning to find that he has somehow turned into a car.Otto soon realizes that there is a downside to actually becoming his favorite thing. While the rest of his friends get to play and draw, Otto can only honk and sputter. Will Otto ever be able to switch gears and go back to being a boy?
Respected editor Kara LaReau now runs an editorial consulting company called Bluebird Works. She collaborated with her sister Jenna on Rocko and Spanky Go to a Party and Rocko and Spanky Have Company, and with Scott Magoon on Ugly Fish and Rabbit and Squirrel. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island, with her husband and their two cats. While moonlighting as a designer at a major children's publishing house, Scott Magoon has illustrated many successful books including Spoon by Amy Krause Rosenthal and the aforementioned Ugly Fish and Rabbit and Squirrel. He lives in the Boston area with his wife and two sons.
“Car lovers in particular will enjoy Otto’s tale, but any kid who has ever dreamed of being something else will find lots of heart and humor in Otto’s story of new perspective.” --BCCB "An unexpected ending wraps up this story beautifully, providing opportunity for discussion of this multithemed gem.... A winner, whether sharing with a group or in a one-on-one setting" --SLJ “Otto, as is only fitting, is in love with autos.” –Kirkus Reviews