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Big City Otto (Elephants Never Forget #1)

3.13  ·  Rating Details  ·  47 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
Otto is a lumbering, sweet-natured elephant who can't forget his childhood chum Georgie, a smiley-faced chimpanzee who was abducted and shipped away from their forest home by the mysterious and sinister Man with the Wooden Nose. Accompanied by a wisecracking but protective parrot named Crackers, Otto decides to hop a plane and look for Georgie in America. But once they hit ...more
Hardcover, 80 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Kids Can Press
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Dec 09, 2011 Betsy rated it liked it
Boy, The Man With the Yellow Hat just lost all credibility, didn't he? Time was that Curious George snatcher could nab the jungle beast of his choice, slap his hands together, and call it a day. These days, though, readers don't take too kindly to fellows who go about grabbing the next spare primate they set their sights on. Various children's authors have dealt with him one way or another (Furious George Goes Bananas by Michael Rex comes most immediately to mind). Big City Otto takes the idea f ...more
May 13, 2012 Lora rated it it was ok
This is a graphic novel written for kids, but definitely contains humor that adults will enjoy and appreciate (if you look closely you just might see Sipowicz and Simone from NYPD Blue).

Otto is an elephant living in a jungle mourning over the loss of his best childhood friend Georgie, a chimp. He decides to go in search of Georgie with the help of a parrot, Crackers. This is an unbelievable story that asks the reader to put aside reality and just enjoy the story as it unfolds. The humans apparen
Oct 04, 2011 Nick rated it liked it
The artwork was good enough to bring this up to a third star by rounding off, but just barely. The story came across as a blend of Babar and Pogo, which is a tough mix to pull off. Bill Slavin sometimes managed it, but not always. The artwork was so remarkably goofy that it got the story past some of its rough Otto eating a case of prunes, with an almost predictable result. Almost, only because the site of the outhouse provided extra humor.
My problem with the story is that I was uns
Briana Rose
Aug 14, 2014 Briana Rose rated it liked it
I like fantasy more than this. It was a quick read. I liked the illustrations more than the story. If you like quick comics with fun pictures you’ll like this.
Jesse Bear
Sep 18, 2015 Jesse Bear rated it it was amazing
I think this book is great even the bad guys and good guys .
Oct 20, 2011 Christiane rated it liked it
Elephant Otto and his friend Crackers (a parrot, of course) leave the jungles of Africa for the concrete jungles of New York City to find the long-lost chimp Georgie. Kids will love the crazy antics and slapstick humor as the two friends try to navigate a very unfamiliar landscape. Full of action, adventure, and memorable animal characters; I loved the alligator's rap music: "Yo, I'm a mean instigata. I'm a bad alligata."

And---as I’m writing this review a mom came up to the desk and snagged my
Mary Lee
Otto the Elephant can't forget his childhood friend, Georgie the chimp, who was stolen from the jungle by The Man With the Wooden Nose. Crackers, the parrot, and Otto set out to find Georgie. They manage to get on a plane as excess baggage, get to America, and begin to search for Georgie. They wind up involved with some shady 'gators in the underground (literally). They bust up the mob, get some clues about Georgie, and set off for the Bayou to find him.

This is book one of a series that might n
Feb 17, 2014 Barbra rated it liked it
Elephants Never Forget is the first graphic novel in this charming trilogy that has Otto searching the big city for his childhood friend, a chimpanzee named Georgie. With the help of a wise-cracking parrot named Crackers, they leave a trail of unwitting crime behind them. This graphic novels is full of laughs, tongue-in-cheek humor and friendship. Will be enjoyed by readers 8 to 12.
Jun 25, 2012 Marie rated it liked it
Otto misses his best friend, Georgie, who was stolen from the African jungle. So, Otto and his companion, Crackers, set out to find Georgie. The pair travels from Africa to America and meet up with some shady characters to help them search for Georgie. Will they find their friend? Will they succumb to the lures of the criminal world?
Nov 23, 2011 Snow rated it liked it
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Such a cute start to a great series starring a loveable elephant and his sidekick bird! <3
Dec 29, 2011 Amanda rated it really liked it
This was really cute and very sweet. Otto and Crackers are hilarious too!
Nov 08, 2013 Ian rated it it was ok
Tedious, though one does get the sense that it's having fun with itself.
Very cute! Here's hoping we eventually get more volumes.
Jul 09, 2011 Jenni rated it liked it
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I'd give this two and a half stars, so I rounded up.
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An amusing, action-packed adventure.
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Bill Slavin has illustrated more than fifty books for children, including The Big Book of Canada, Bleeps and Blips to Rocket Ships and Shooting Hoops and Skating Loops. His work has received numerous awards, including the 2004 Blue Spruce Award and the 2004 CLA Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's medal, both for his work on Stanley's Party. He shares his studio in Millbrook, Ontario with hi ...more
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