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Otto's Trunk (New York Times Best Illustrated Books (Awards))
by Sandy Turner
Poor Otto. All he wants to do is fit in with the rest of the elephants in the school yard, but all the herd wants to do is make fun of his trunk. And try as he may, Otto can't find any way to improve his appearance. It seems as though he'll be picked on forever. That is, until one Friday morning, when everything changes. . . . This inspired picture book from acclaimed ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 1st 2003 by Joanna Cotler Books
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Otto wants a big swinging trunk like his Dad's, not the tiny weeny small one which makes him a figure of pachyderm fun. I want to like this book because it's hip and quirky and a little bit cheeky, but in the end the art's a little too kinetic and the story takes a bit too long to get to where it's going.
I do not like this book at all, it was weird and seemed a bit unorganized. I get it, it was about his truck being "too small" but there are far more better things than for a child to read about these things. This could develop into other issues as well.