Otto the Book Bear by Katie Cleminson (Disney Hyperion, 2011) was probably my son’s favorite book this week. Otto is a bear that lives inside of a book, but likes to come out when no one is around. When Otto gets left behind on the family moving day, he feels very small. He finds the world very cold and unwelcoming, and he longs to be back inside of his warm, cozy book.
That’s when he finds a place he’ll feel most at home, a place with lots of other books and book bears…. I’ll bet you can guess where that is. The pen and pencil illustrations are adorable, Otto is sweet and charming, and the words are large and accessible for early readers.
Kid thoughts (age 5): A favorite book because “the bear got left behind and I liked that part because he had an adventure.”