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Ottoline and the Yellow Cat by Chris Riddell
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Apr 10, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: middle-grade, tween
Read in April, 2009

A simply charming story by Chris Riddell. Ottoline is a little rich girl who has parents off gallivanting around the world finding new items for their many collections. From Emperor's Hats, to Meteorites, to Extremely Small Paintings, her parents seemed to collect it all. To take care of Ottoline while they are abroad, there are a number of services (including the Smiling Dragon Clothes Folding Co, and Happy Nest Bed Makers), and Mr. Monroe who they found in a bog in Norway before Ottoline was born.

Ottoline likes to keep a notebook in which she writes down her ideas for clever plans. This is fortunate since a mystery just happens to pop up.
There seems to be a cat burglar a foot, and s/he is robbing apartments where lapdogs have just happened to disappear.

Ottoline with the help of Mr. Munroe decides that this is a mystery worth solving.

This is a super fast and engaging read. Riddel's signature illustrations pepper the text in a palette of black, white, and a touch of red. There are several 2 page spreads that I would love to matte and frame.

I was hoping to blog these titles on Tweendom, but they do run a bit young. I will be reading the rest!

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