Big City Otto (Elephants Never Forget, #1)
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Big City Otto (Elephants Never Forget #1)

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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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Natalie  Harvey
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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
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...more
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...more
Briana Rose
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.
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...more
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...more
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.
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?
Jennifer Leigh
Such a cute start to a great series starring a loveable elephant and his sidekick bird! <3
This was really cute and very sweet. Otto and Crackers are hilarious too!
Tedious, though one does get the sense that it's having fun with itself.
Very cute! Here's hoping we eventually get more volumes.
I'd give this two and a half stars, so I rounded up.
Edward Sullivan
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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