Big Star Otto (Elephants Never Forget)

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In this conclusion to the Elephants Never Forget graphic novel trilogy, big-hearted hero Otto and his parrot pal Crackers have landed in Hollywood, the final stop in their journey across America in search of their good friend Georgie the chimpanzee. They've been hot on Georgie's trail since he was abducted from Africa by the sinister Man with the Wooden Nose, and now they're sure they've finally found his location. Reaching him is going to be tough, however, with a dishonest acting agent, a shadowy villain, disgruntled wannabe animal actors and some elephant-rights activists, among others, regularly thwarting their plans. It seems that greed and the quest for fame "can do awful things to folk" here in Tinseltown, as a wise old elephant tells Otto. Can true friendship possibly win in the end? This is an immensely entertaining adventure story, with fantastic artwork by award-winning illustrator Bill Slavin that is detailed, energetic and packed with visual humor throughout. It's a perfect fit for emerging and reluctant readers looking for a strong visual narrative to help them through a book. The hilarious storyline offers lots of sly, clever jokes driven by high-velocity action and a heartwarming and lovable main character. In fact, what helps set the books in this series apart is that, through all of the misadventures that get in his way, Otto's good nature and generosity remain constant, and his commitment to finding his friend never wavers, providing wonderful character education lessons on friendship, perseverance and teamwork.

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Bill Slavin is an award-winning children's book illustrator with over 50 books to his credit. His works include Stanley's Party and The Bear on the Bed He lives in Millbrook, Ontario.

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Gr 3–6—Otto the Elephant continues his trek to find his best pal Georgie in this final installment of the "Elephants Never Forget" series (Kids Can). This time, Otto makes his way to the Colossus Acting Agency in Hollywood, where he meets many animals who have been struggling in the acting business. Along with the help of his parrot sidekick, Crackers, Otto learns that Georgie has become quite a famous actor who is a little on the demanding side. Through some unfortunate circumstances, Otto and several other elephant pals find themselves in a less than suitable acting situation, and Otto calls upon his peanut allergy to save the day. Slavin once again brings his knack for storytelling into this graphic novel. Kids will enjoy the fast-moving plot full of humor, animals, and villains. A few moments of potty humor will have young readers giggling. There are a few humorous lines and scenes that will most likely be disregarded by children, but families enjoying the book together will all find something to laugh about. The illustrations are rendered in typical comic book-style and offer eye-catching colors that readers will enjoy. VERDICT A humorous conclusion to this zany graphic novel series for elementary-age students.—Andy Plemmons, David C. Barrow Elementary, Athens, GA

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