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Gideon & Otto
Contributor(s): Dunrea, Olivier
ISBN: 0544430603     ISBN-13: 9780544430600
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
    OUR PRICE: $11.70  
Product Type: Hardcover - Other Formats
Published: April 2015
Annotation: Otto, a stuffed octopus, is Gideon's favorite friend and goes everywhere with him, but one day Otto doesn't stay right where Gideon put him, in an irresistible story about friendship that is now presented as a Green Light Reader. Includes bonus audio download. Simultaneous.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Geese; Fiction.
Toys; Fiction.
Rabbits; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Farm Animals
- Juvenile Fiction | Lifestyles
- Juvenile Fiction | Toys, Dolls, Puppets
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: bl2015013472
Lexile Measure: 280
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Series: Green Light Readers. Level 1
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 9.50" H x 6.00" W x 0.25" (0.50 lbs) 32 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 149097
Reading Level: 1.2   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s):
Olivier Dunrea is the creator of beautiful and well-loved children’s books. A painter and a sculptor, his work centers around farms, animals, architecture, and folklore. He lives in the tiny village of Narrowsburg, New York, in the Catskill Mountains.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Fall)
A new gosling joins Dunrea's farmyard. Gideon "likes to play. All day" until he collapses in a tiny heap atop a haystack. Otto introduces Gideon's "favorite friend," a stuffed-toy octopus. The two are briefly separated; their reunion is a sweet surprise. Seemingly simple, the art is filled with clever, kid-beguiling details. [This review covers Gideon and Gideon & Otto.]

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2012 #2)
A new gosling has arrived to join the farmyard fun and games in this series that began with Gossie and Gossie & Gertie (rev. 1/03). Gideon is a "small, ruddy gosling who likes to play. All day." Play all day is right -- even after his mother calls him in for a nap. "No nap! I'm playing!" says Gideon repeatedly, until all played out, he collapses in a tiny heap atop a haystack. As with the earlier books, preschoolers and their caretakers will be amused by these oh-so-familiar battles. The arc of Gideon's activity aptly depicts a child's growing exhaustion: first chasing the piglets and playing tag-the-mole, he then listens to bees buzzing and plays quietly (and, one would guess, slowly) with a turtle. Gideon & Otto introduces Gideon's "favorite friend," a stuffed-toy octopus. Constant companions, the two are briefly separated when Gideon goes off to romp with the rabbits; their reunion is a sweet surprise. Dunrea's pictures are as beguiling as ever, with charmingly undersized animals -- the mole and rabbits are even smaller than little Gideon. Seemingly simple, the art is filled with clever details kids will appreciate, such as when Gideon's mother calls him, her head and neck low to the ground at first, then rising higher with each successive (ignored) request until she's bellowing at the sky. Every child and parent will feel that Dunrea has written these books for, and about, themselves. jennifer m. brabander Copyright 2012 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2012 January)

PreS—Gideon is a "small ruddy gosling who likes to play. All day." This fun-loving, feathered fellow explores the farm and engages in such activities as "chase-the-piglet," "find-the-eggs," and "tag-the-mole." His mother calls, but Gideon keeps replying, "No nap! I'm playing!" After climbing to the top of a haystack and snuggling down in the straw, sleepiness wins out. In Gideon and Otto, children meet the gosling's favorite friend. When the toy octopus goes missing, a search of the leaf pile and pond ensues. Otto's triumphant return is on the back of a turtle. Dunrea's ink-and-watercolor illustrations capture Gideon's ebullient personality—feathers fly when he is racing to his next adventure, and his beloved stuffed toy is tucked under his wing when he is quietly reading a book. With their pitch-perfect texts and charming characters, these stories are ideal for toddlers.—Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada

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