Otis Dooda

Strange but True

Potter, Ellen

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Otis Dooda
Everyday, nine-year-old Otis Dooda confronts a series of zany changes when his father's new job prompts the family's move to a New York City apartment, where Otis is cursed by a guy in a potted plant in their apartment building lobby and has to team up with a new friend and a gassy miniature horse to break the curse.

Publisher: New York : Feiwel and Friends, 2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 1250011760
Characteristics: 223 pages :,illustrations ;,22 cm
Additional Contributors: Heatley, David


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Sep 10, 2014
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"I happen to know from personal experience that licking light sockets is not a good idea."


Potter marvelously walks a number of fine lines in this book, finding just the right balance. Just enough scatological references shared matter-of-factly to be funny without letting them dominate the proceedings or descend into grossness. The characters and plot are just strangely ridiculous enough without complete absurdity that they can still be believed as odd and quirky. And Otis is just clueless and irreverent enough to come across as young while being smart, articulate, and observant enough to make a good narrator. While Otis is nine and about to start third grade, his story will easily entertain readers as old as sixth grade yet it's accessible enough to appeal to proficient second and third grade readers.

Oh, and an excellent balance text and illustrations. Heatley's art is an oddly appealing cross between cartoonish and vaguely creepy that complements and supplements Potter's writing on every page. I have to admit that I wasn't drawn in by the cover, but once I gave the drawings a chance I really came to appreciate them.

While Otis and his family--mother, father, and pimply older brother--have their own quirks and issues, they seem downright normal compared to the new neighbors they meet after moving from a small town to a 35-story apartment building in New York City. There's the guy who hides in the large potted plant in the lobby and demands tribute from everyone who enters, cursing those who deny him. Then there's the children next door who help their dad run a low-rate party entertainment business, pretending the grossly flatulent miniature pony is a rare breed of dog so they can keep it in the apartment and testing crazy games and contraptions he buys on the street. And that's just who he meets while moving in--things get much stranger from there.

Jul 01, 2014

i havent read it but i pretty think i want to!

Jul 01, 2014
  • bookfreak10 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book was hilarious, starring a boy with a funny name, a farting horse, and a weird kid that lives in a potted plant. Once I started reading this, I couldn't stop. LOL to this book!!!


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Sep 10, 2014
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Mom examined Gunther and me before we went into the building. She mashed down my hair and she made Gunther put a cover over the cage of his pet rat, Smoochie. She's all excited about moving to the city, but she's worried that people will think we're a bunch of hillbillies. That's because we come from a dinky little town called Hog's Head. Plus, I think we may be hillbillies, because Gunther and I whiz off the back porch when the weather is nice.

Sep 10, 2014
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I've said it before and I'll say it again: Little kids are weird. If you asked a grown-up a question and they snickered and ran away, you'd probably think they escaped from a mental hospital.

Sep 10, 2014
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Mom made us all dress in black. We looked like a family of Applebee's waiters.


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Jul 01, 2014
  • bookfreak10 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

bookfreak10 thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over


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