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Otto's Orange Day (Otto)

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When Otto the Cat meets a magical genie, he knows just what to wish for: he makes the whole world orange! At first, this new, bright world seems like a lot of fun, but when his mom serves orange spinach for lunch, Otto realizes that his favorite color isn’t the best color for everything.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by TOON Books (first published 2008)
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Dec 08, 2010 Chris rated it liked it
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Cammuso, Frank. Otto’s Orange Day (2008)
Otto’sOrangeDay is a graphic novel for younger children about Otto, an orange cat who receives a mysterious lamp from his aunt. When he rubs it a genie appears and grants Otto his wish that everything in the world be orange, Otto’s favorite color. Of course, this backfires, and Otto and his aunt realize that the only way to get the genie to reverse the wish is by doing something thoughtful for him. The story itself is nothing new, “be careful what you wish
Apr 25, 2011 Vicki rated it really liked it
Shelves: jpb, jgraphic-novels
Jay Lynch is from Orange, NJ. He wrote this story and Frank Cammuso drew the pictures to this comic strip like story. I love this story. It is just perfect for little kids. How many of you adults have tried reading the daily newspaper comic strips to your children? They are so attracted to the illustrations but often they miss the funny part! The humor is too mature a theme for them. The daily newspaper comic strips are meant for Adults. But really it's the kids who want to read them. Thank God ...more
Oct 09, 2009 Brenna rated it liked it
"I wish that everything was orange!" states Otto the cat to a bemused genie on the cover of Otto's Orange Day.

And that's exactly what happens inside the pages, more or less.

The red-yellow hue infatuated Otto has an aunt who sends him a dusty old lamp, out of the blue (...or is that the orange?), which he commences to polish. The prerequisite genie appears, offering a sole wish to the youngster (apparently three wishes would have been too predictable).

Guess what happens?

...And then guess what ha
Dec 06, 2016 Theresa rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic
1. This book has not received an award.
2. The appropriate grade level is from preschool to third grade.
3. Aunt Sally sends Otto a lamp where a genie came out after Otto rubbed it. Otto wished everything was orange but realizes it isn't what he wants. He calls Aunt Sally Lee for help but everything turned blue. As Aunt Sally Lee and the genie argue, Otto ordered pizza to make the genie undo the wishes.
4. This was a cute rendition of how a genie undid all the wishes. It was all so he can eat pizza
Kelsi Mika
Dec 01, 2016 Kelsi Mika rated it it was amazing
Otto's orange day is about anthropomorphic cat that gains possession of a magical lamp and wishes everything was orange, since it is his favorite color. He finds out there are drawbacks to his wish and quickly finds a way to reverse the wish.

The graphic novel uses illustrations and narrative in combination effectively. The cover depicts Otto and his love of orange, as well as the genie that grants his wish to make everything orange. The illustrations make depict the sequence of events with use
Jul 24, 2009 Shel rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
Cammuso, F., & Lynch, J. (2008). Otto’s Orange Day. New York: The Little Lit Library.


Otto the cat is at home coloring with his favorite color crayon, orange. As he completes a picture of a lamp, he sings an ode to his favorite color. This cat loves orange. In the mail, Otto receives a package from from his aunt, inside is a mysterious orange lamp. When Otto rubs it, a genie emerges, ready to grant Otto’s wish. And what does Otto wish for? Why that EVERYTHING were orange, of cour
Sep 16, 2016 Robin rated it really liked it
Otto's Orange Day by Frank Cammuso is about a cat named Otto and his love of the color orange. He receives a magic lamp that unleashes a genie. He then wishes everything was orange, but as his day progresses- he realizes that maybe one color for the entire world was not a great idea.

The story and illustrations of this graphic novel work well together. The mood is chipper and the tone is very lighthearted. The combination of the various shades of orange and the rhyming pattern it is written in en
Scot Johnson
Dec 01, 2016 Scot Johnson rated it liked it
Frank Cammuso
Otto's orange day is about anthropomorphic cat that gains possession of a magical lamp and wishes everything was orange, since it is his favorite color. He finds out there are drawbacks to his wish and quickly finds a way to reverse the wish.

The graphic novel uses illustrations and narrative in combination effectively. The cover depicts Otto and his love of orange, as well as the genie that grants his wish to make everything orange. The illustrations make depict the sequence of eve
Bailey Noel
Sep 18, 2016 Bailey Noel rated it it was amazing
When Otto the cat meets a magical genie, he is granted a wish. So, he wishes for everything to become orange. Eventually, he realizes that orange isn't the best color for everything. But, since he has used up his only wish, he doesn't know what he should do. The author uses surrealism in this book to depict the way he wants to display Otto the cat. He uses colors (especially orange) in his book to show the importance of colors in the passage.
Cailey Colombo
Sep 25, 2016 Cailey Colombo rated it liked it
Overall, I enjoyed the rhythm and story behind this book. My first impression was how colorful the images started out as. I also enjoyed how sometimes, the character was singing not just talking. The story was catchy because it included rhymes. It is a simple story about a cat’s favorite color being orange. This book would have younger kids engaged and excited about what was going to happen next.

All the panels were shaped differently. All the panels had borders with the gutters. The images star
Jenifer Ashby
This story reminds me of my little story when she really wanted a toy and then after awhile re gets bored with it and doesn't want it anymore and wants another one or something different. Reminds me of when people always wanting and asking for things then after awhile they don't care about it and wish they could take it back. I can relate to the genie cause I always feel like I am always giving things to other people and no one ever asks what I want and thats exactly what the genie said
Brandon Hardesty
Apr 29, 2016 Brandon Hardesty rated it it was amazing
"Otto’s Orange Day" is a fantasy graphic novel meant for children around 6-10.

The book tells the story of a cat named Otto whose favorite color is orange. He loves orange so much that, when he encounters a genie and is given any wish he desires, he wishes that the entire world were orange. The rest of the story involves Otto realizing that it may not have been such a good idea, and that the world needs every color and not just one.

The graphic novel format helps this concept tremendously. It wo
Ashley Hunter
Apr 01, 2015 Ashley Hunter rated it really liked it
After reading this book it reminds me of my favorite childhood book "I Wear My Tutu Everywhere" it reminds me of the book because Otto loves the color orange. In the book Tilly loves her pink tutu more than anything. In the graphic novel Otto turns everything orange and realizes that nothing is really special anymore if everything is orange, it gets boring. In the book "I Wear My Tutu Everywhere" Tilly wants to wear her tutu everywhere she goes and the tutu ends up getting ripped. Tilly realizes ...more
NS Kelley
Nov 22, 2009 NS Kelley rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
From School Library Journal
Grade 1-3–Two veteran cartoonists collaborate to create a comic-strip-style book for beginning readers. Otto, an orange cat, receives a mysterious lamp from his aunt. While dusting it off, he releases the genie that resides within and is offered a wish as a reward. Otto declares that he would like everything in the world to be orange, his favorite color; however, after his wish is granted, the results–including a bad-tasting orange lamb chop and an orange-only traffic
Apr 13, 2011 Maricor rated it really liked it
Otto’s Orange Day by Jay Lynch and illustrated by Frank Cammuso (2008)
Beginning Reader, 40 pages
An orange tabby cat named Otto loves the color orange. He even has an orange song he wrote, singing the praises of the color. When Aunt Sally Lee sends Otto a magical orange lamp as a gift, it is no surprise that Otto asks Genie to make everything orange in his only wish. At first, Otto thinks this is the best decision he’s ever made, but shortly after he realizes his mistake. With everything orange,
Brandi Goeth
Feb 15, 2016 Brandi Goeth rated it liked it
This graphic novel for children started with Otto talking about his favorite color, orange. Otto then gets a package, with an orange lamp from his Aunt Sally Lee. He dusts off the orange, and a genuie comes out. He then asks Otto for his wish, he starts to wonder what he should wish for. He then decided to wish for the whole world to be orange, and so the genie granted his wish. Every single thing in the world turned orange! He stares thinking some things might be better if they weren’t orang, ...more
Mar 09, 2012 David rated it really liked it
Otto's Orange Day by Fred Cammuso, illustrated by Jay Lynch, is a modern take of the King Midas story. Otto's favorite color is orange, so when he rubs a magic lamp and a genie appears with one free wish, Otto wishes that everything in the world be orange colored. He soon discovers that orange food doesn't look or taste good, all orange traffic lights cause accidents, and having everything orange makes it hard to locate things. When the genie is asked by his Aunt Alice Lee, who has bought the la ...more
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Written at the AR 2.1 level (accelerated reading), "Otto's Orange Day" is going to be perfect for those children that are reading at and above age-level. The story is 'cute' and without anything objectionable. It even teaches a couple of lessons.

The story is that Otto (a cat) loves the color Orange. And when his aunt sends him a gift, which turns out to be a magic lamp, he takes the opportunity of using his single wish to ask that everything is made Orange. Chaos ensues, of course, and Otto, and
Nov 08, 2009 Mary rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Recommended for ages 5-9

Kirkus Reviews
Young Otto loves orange so much that when a sly genie rises up out of an old lamp he receives from Aunt Sally Lee, he uses his one wish to turn all the world that color. His ensuing bliss changes to blues, though, after he gets a gander at his orange lunch and then sees what happens on the street when every traffic light is the same color. Cammuso illustrates comics veteran Lynch's tale in neatly drawn sequential panels, casting Otto as a cat (marmalade, of
Sarah Sammis
Jan 27, 2011 Sarah Sammis rated it liked it
My library had Otto's Orange Day by Jay Lynch and Frank Cammuso on display as a recommended read. I was instantly taken in by the bright orange and blue cover.

Otto's Orange Day is a cautionary tale, as many genie stories are. Otto loves the color orange above all other things. He wishes for a world in which everything is orange. He quickly though realizes that there might be such a thing as too much orange. Otto needs to find a way to undo his mistake without making things worse.

The best part of
Loretta Buike
Mar 14, 2016 Loretta Buike rated it it was ok
Graphic Novel

I would list this book as either a Fantasy or Traditional Literature story for those that are between 5 and 9. Both boys and girls would enjoy this book and the reading level is just right for second and third graders to read on their own, although it may be longer than what they are used to reading. This is a nice text to self book as it can remind us to "be careful for what you wish for." The reason for Traditional Literature is that it reminded me very much of King Midas which ha
Nov 30, 2010 Amber rated it really liked it
Shelves: lit-50-books

This story is told in a comic book style. Allowing for the young readers to be engaged with the text.

Otto's Aunt buys a lamp for him as a gift. This was not an ordinary lamp this was a genie lamp. With in this lamp the owner of the lamp is granted one wish. Otto loves orange! So, his wish was that everything was this color. After having everything orange for some time Otto begins to realize that this is not so much fun. Otto's aunt decides to buy back the lamp to make her own wish. When he
Nicola Mansfield
Oct 30, 2015 Nicola Mansfield rated it it was amazing
Review written 2009: This book is the highest reading level of the first three books in this series falling into approx. a RL of 3-4. My struggling reader had a hard time with this one and took it slowly, but the story was so much fun that he didn't want to not read the book. So with a little bit more help from Mum than usually he worked his way through the book in about a week and a half. Adorable story of a boy who loves orange and when he receives a lamp that just happens to contain a Genie ...more
Justyn Rampa
Jun 07, 2011 Justyn Rampa rated it it was amazing
I kind of loved this book, which is strange because the same man wrote this and Mo and Jo. The author, Jay Lynch, is known for working on underground comix as well as writing for Wacky Packages and Garbage Pail Kids.

This book deals with the ramifications of a little cat who LOVES the color orange and perhaps uses his one wish without thinking through the possible outcomes. It is clever without being overly didactic. The artwork is beautiful. The artist, Frank Cammuso, has also done some other bo
Sarah Machin
Jul 15, 2014 Sarah Machin rated it it was amazing
What would you do if you met a magical genie who could grant you one wish? What do you think you would wish for? A new bicycle? A day off from school? Imagine you asked the genie to make the whole world your favorite color! That is exactly what Otto decided to wish for in Otto’s Orange Day.

As you might have guessed from the title, Otto wishes for everything to be orange. Sounds fun right? In the beginning, yes, Otto loves his new orange world. But as the day goes on, Otto realizes that this may
Jun 13, 2012 Marie rated it really liked it
In Otto’s Orange Day, Otto LOVES the color orange. He loves it so much that when he receives a magic lamp with a genie who grants him one wish, he wishes for the whole world to be colored in shades of orange. However, when Otto eat orange food, sees traffic accidents caused by orange stop lights, and has trouble finding his orange lamp in his orange room, he soon learns that maybe the world isn’t such a nice place painted in just one color. He enlists the help of his aunt to convince the genie t ...more
Jul 28, 2013 Dolly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children who enjoy reading graphic novels
This is the first book in a new series about a young cat named Otto. The narrative is somewhat predictable, but very entertaining and this is one graphic novel that isn't too hard to read aloud, especially with just two children at bedtime. The illustrations are fantastic and we loved the monochromatic hues and shading. We really enjoyed reading this book together and we're really looking forward to reading Otto's Backwards Day, when it is published later this year.
Matthew Hunter
What would living in a monochromatic world be like? Would we enjoy our favorite foods as much in strange and different colors? Would sunrises and sunsets still take breaths away if the sky was always a bright orangy red? How would a smile look if teeth matched gums, lips and faces? What if everyone looked, thought and acted the same way? What's the better civilization - Athens or Sparta? Preferred political system - democracy or totalitarianism? You get it. Variety's the spice of life. So's ...more
Jan 12, 2010 Nick rated it really liked it
This short graphic novel is a modern twist on the story of Midas is very cute and more than a little weird...I'm not sure whether just changing the color of a lamb chop to orange would really alter its taste, but I have to agree that blue pizza is just wrong.

Any kid who like Dr. Seuss stories would probably like this tale, with its surreal concept, and simple-but-scary things that can go wrong when EVERYTHING is one color. It reminded me of Seuss's cautionary tales, like Bartholomew and the Oobl
Ann Cox
When Otto's aunt sends him a lamp in the mail, he finds that there is a genie within it. He only gets one wish from the genie and since orange is his favorite color, Otto wishes that everything in the world become orange. After a while though, Otto comes to regret his one wish. I think this would be a good book to read aloud to preschoolers or for early elementary aged children to read by themselves. There isn't much text and the language is very simple. There are even activities for kids to do ...more
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Frank Cammuso is the author/illustrator of the graphic novel series The Misadventures of Salem Hyde from Amulet Books. He also created the graphic novel series Knights of the Lunch Table from Graphix/Scholastic. Frank drew the comic Otto’s Orange Day and Otto’s Backwards Day for Toon-Books. He also wrote and drew his self-published graphic novel Max Hamm Fairy Tale Detective, for which he received ...more
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