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Otter and Odder: A Love Story by James Howe and Illustrated by Chris Raschka

The day Otter found love, he wasn’t looking for it. He was looking for dinner. But then he gazed into the round, sweet, glistening eyes of Myrtle the fish, and he knew. “Impossible,” he said. “I am in love with my food source.” As for Myrtle, her first desire was: Please don’t eat me. But soon her heart awakened to a future she could never have imagined. The inseparable duo played hide-and-seek and told each other stories, but everyone said that was not the way of the otter. Could their love (and Myrtle) possibly survive? Aided by Chris Raschka’s illustrations in a fresh faux-naïf style, James Howe tells a warm, witty tale about finding kindred spirits in the oddest of places-and having the good sense to keep them.
When an otter falls in love with a fish, can he dare to follow his heart? A delicious ode to nonconformity from a stellar picture-book pair.

This is one heck of a picture book team! James Howe has written just slightly under one hundred books for children including the very popular Bunnicula series that I’m sure many of us remember fondly. And while Chris Raschka has a few less books published he’s no less accomplished with his most recent picture book, A Ball for Daisy, having won the Caldecott Medal in 2012. Having seen a copy of this at BEA recently I can tell you that the duo has done an excellent job together and I have no doubt fans of both will be captivated by the unlikely love story between an otter and his food source, a fish.

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2 Responses to The Year of the Picture Book – Otter and Odder: A Love Story by James Howe and Chris Raschka

  1. Heidi says:

    This is one of those books I just want to hug. I love the childlike illustrations, and as otters are one of my favorite animals, my heart was sold on the story instantly. Love it!

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