Otto the Book Bear Story Snug

Otto The Book Bear by Katie Cleminson

Otto The Book Bear is a lovely celebration of reading, writing, libraries, books and friendship.

The Story: Otto lives in a book and when nobody is around he comes to life. One day he is left alone when the owners of his house move and leave him behind. Otto packs his bag and goes in search of adventure but the streets are not very welcoming and he misses his book. Then Otto finds a library, meets Ernest, another book bear, and lots of other book creatures. Otto is delighted that he has found somewhere to read, write, make new friends and meet new readers.

Otto’s happiest times are when children read his book. He is firmly entrenched in the world of literacy, when he leaves his book he loves to read and practise his writing. We love the pictures of such a little bear sitting at a big typewriter, my daughter likes to read what he has written. We feel sad for Otto when he is left behind but he shows courage and bravery when he packs his bag, leaves his book and goes out all alone into the big, wide world. The people in the city don’t see little Otto, they’re too busy rushing about their business and the cat that Otto meets demonstrates her uncaring attitude with the wave of a paw. In comparison, the library has an open door and is warm and inviting with friendly and welcoming inhabitants.

The text is simple and easy to read, the book is especially good for beginner readers. Katie Cleminson’s illustrations effectively portray Otto’s emotions both in his expressions and the situations that he is in. As readers we feel Otto’s loneliness as he sits in an overturned paper cup but we also share his joy when he finds the library and all the wonders that it holds. My daughter’s favourite picture shows the book creatures enjoying books in the library, her favourite creature is the cape wearing crocodile who is fencing with a dog!

This is a lovely story to stimulate a discussion about children’s favourite book characters and what children think that they get up to when nobody else is looking! It could stimulate a whole new story writing session with older children and hopefully a trip to the library for children to discover more new books and characters.

We love the fact that Otto The Book Bear portrays such an enjoyment of reading and writing, something that we are passionate about here too!

Age Range: 3 +

Author / Illustrator: Katie Cleminson

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10 responses to “Otto The Book Bear by Katie Cleminson”

  1. Stacie Theis avatar

    I love that this book celebrates reading and the cover is absolutely adorable. I just want to give Otto a big hug! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Catherine avatar

      Otto does look very huggable doesn’t he 🙂

  2. Reshama avatar

    I simply love the cover art for the book. I was hooked at the little bear’s picture 🙂 Thanks for sharing a lovely review on KidLitBlogHop!

    1. Catherine avatar

      He’s a very appealing little bear 🙂

  3. PragmaticMom avatar

    Sounds like a very sweet book that could be an instant classic. Thanks for sharing at the Kid Lit Blog Hop!

    1. Catherine avatar

      It is lovely and Otto is such an easy character to empathise with 🙂

  4. chantelle hazelden avatar

    this sounds so sweet, I think my 4 year old would love this one. thanks for linking with #readwithme x

    1. Catherine avatar

      Otto is a brilliant advocate for books and libraries 🙂

  5. Julie Grasso avatar

    Oh Catherine, what a delightful book, we MUST have it. We have pinned it for our must have list. Thanks for joining us on the Kid Lit Blog Hop.

    1. Catherine avatar

      It is a lovely story. I hope you enjoy it 🙂