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Otho was born with a pumpkin for a head. And despite what one might think, he was not seen as a curiosity by his family. So begins this brilliantly droll tale of a very unusual boy. Otho loses his pumpkin head–quite literally–when a bat decides it would make a good home. And despite what one might think, this is not the end for Otho, but the beginning of a great adventure. Is Otho’s story a parable? A cautionary tale? A celebration of the individual? A head trip? That is something each reader (and Otho) will have to decide. . . . .
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Eric Rohmann is a painter, printmaker, and fine bookmaker whose work both explores and generates the heady excitement of an imagination unleashed. His first book for young readers, Time Flies, received a Caldecott Honor Award.From School Library Journal:
PreSchool-Grade 2-A perfect blend of art and text works together to convey the adventures of a boy born "with a pumpkin for a head." A crafty flying bat plucks up Otho's head and explains in rhyme why he drops it into the sea. After a large fish swallows it, an even larger squid squeezes the fish, with Otho shooting out, "like a cork from a popgun." In excellent pacing, the next page shows the pumpkin-head hero drifting at sea, then scooped up by a fisherman. Young children are sure to enjoy the bouncing rhythm of the fisherman's words as he compares Otho to all the other types of fish he has netted. Besides black and white, Rohmann consistently uses shades of blue and patches of orange throughout. In this artwork, less is truly more. The multiple-color relief prints done on an etching press, with large white space surrounding smaller, movie-still-like pictures, enhance the visual appeal. In Otho's face, Rohmann captures the vulnerable emotions of a lost child, and the wide smiles when returning to a mother's embrace. Gather your little pumpkin heads close to you in the fall as you read them this tale and watch their faces light up with a glowing grin.
James K. Irwin, Poplar Creek Main Library, Steamwood, IL
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Book Description Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 2003. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. Rohmann, Eric (illustrator). 1st Edition. 1st edition/1st printing. DJ is a heavy clear mylar protecting a black cover with a square cut-away showing pumpkin head on fep. Clever story and distinctive multi-color relief etching. By the Caldecott winning author of My Friend Rabbit. Signed by Author/Illustrator. Seller Inventory # 5016
Book Description Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2003. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110375824162
Book Description Knopf Books for Young Readers. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0375824162 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW7.0118291
Book Description Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2003. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0375824162
Book Description Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2003. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0375824162