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Otto's Orange Day by Frank Cammuso
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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 for,” but the format is. Traditionally, graphic novels have been aimed at older readers, but this book targets a younger audience. Otto’s Orange Day is arranged into short, titled chapters that help the younger reader follow the plot and provide a “resting place” from reading if needed. The pages are laid out in an easy to follow format with no more than six cartoons per page and several having only one or two. The dialogue balloons are short and simple and arranged from left to right so that the reader will clearly read them in correct order. The drawings are cute and full of personality. This would be a good “starter” graphic novel for a young reader.

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