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Utterly Otterly Night

3.31  ·  Rating Details ·  108 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
Little Otter is ready for some action! Rustling leaves call to him. Sweet, spicy air beckons. The moon is as huge and golden as Owl’s eyes. So Little Otter sets off for some fun. But with wolves on the prowl, Little Otter’s adventures are a series of dizzying close calls. When he finally returns to his den, Little Otter’s family is all played out and ready for bed!
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Dec 20, 2016 Soubhi rated it it was amazing
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So much fun to say these words! Beautifully illustrated!
Apr 16, 2012 Danielle rated it really liked it
Shelves: children, fiction
Watch out! Little Otter’s back, and ready to play in Mary Casanova’s second story based on this character. Despite close calls with a rabbit, owl, moose and a pack of wolves, Little Otter’s bravery gets him, and his family, safely home.
Little Otter is characteristic of kits and kids everywhere. The author and illustrator make the characters and action come alive; Casanova with careful onomatopoeiac phrasing, and Ard Hoyt with expressive illustrations.
Hoyt uses a wintery palette of white, brown a
Nov 07, 2011 Barbara rated it really liked it
It's a cold winter night, and Little Otter and his family leave their burrow to frolic in the snow and icy water. But they must be on the watch for danger amid all the fun they're having. When Little Otter spots five predators, he tries to warn the family, and then lead the wolves away. By zigging and zagging across the snow and through plain old luck, he manages to escape from the wolves. I loved some of the phrases in this story: "utterly, otterly way," "whooshily, shooshily way," "chompity, w ...more
Oct 09, 2012 Jessica rated it really liked it
Utterly Otterly Night had beautiful illustrations and great use of fun word phrases. The otters are having a ball sliding down snowy hillsides in the night. When encountered by wolves they zigzag and manage to get away. Overall this book is adorable in every way possible and would make a great read aloud. Since the words used are silly, such as shooshily, otterly, whompity, etc, it would be fun to hear orally. I believe kids of all ages will appreciate this book because I surely did as a college ...more
Jun 13, 2013 Heather rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
A fun book about how a family of otters plays in the snow at night. It's also gently instructive about small animals' need to watch out for predators, so it could be useful in educating younger children about animals and the circle of life.
Stacy Kirkman
What a clever story about overcoming danger. The otters are the cutest little family and they are having a ball playing in the snow until wolves appear. It is a sweet story about family and I would recommend this book to kids.
Aug 04, 2016 Anthony rated it liked it
When the otter family decides to leave the den and have some fun, it takes all the know how and courage of little otter to give the danger signal and alert his family of encroaching predators, and get them back to safety.
The Library Lady
Jan 14, 2012 The Library Lady rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
The word play and the action of the art combine beautifully here. One warning--the sequence with the wolves has scary moments that don't match the fun that comes before. Happy ending of course, but this isn't all "cute otter romping in the snow", if you know what I mean.....
Kristine Hansen
Aug 30, 2014 Kristine Hansen rated it liked it
Otter is back with lots of words that fun to say. He seems to have grown up a little, is acting more mature and responsible than even his family right now. Fast paced and with just enough danger to give a thrill right up until the end.
A cute sequel to "Utterly Otterly Night." The rhyming is better in this one but will still take much practice to get the rhthym down before reading aloud.

Young Otter is excited to be leaving the den at night. He encounters a hare, an owl, a moose and 5 wolves! Will he save his family in time?
Carrie Gelson
Great for oral reading practice for kids working on slowing down and enunciating! Pictures are delightful!
Apr 24, 2016 Julie rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s
This book has some really fun words to read. My 5 month old loved hearing "wooshingly swooshingly" and "utterly otterly" and other fun things to say.
While out playing with his family one night, Little Otter shows that he knows what to do when danger is near.

The illustrations were well-done. However, the text did not flow.
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
May 27, 2011 Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy) rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
This companion book to Utterly Otterly Day, has the same playful illustrations. Otter and his family head out to play, but when danger lurks who will save the day.
Jan 10, 2012 Hapzydeco rated it really liked it
Little Otter's play will bring a smile to your face and warm your heart on a cold winter evening.
Nov 20, 2011 Shelli rated it liked it
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Cute story with fun illustrations. Otters can go out and have an utterly otterly good fun as long as they stay aware of their surroundings. Constant vigilance!
Edward Sullivan
Nov 01, 2011 Edward Sullivan rated it liked it
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A fun, lively companion to Utterly Otterly Day.
Dec 29, 2011 Christen rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
The illustrations are absolutely adorable.
Dec 27, 2011 Erin rated it liked it
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Great cadence.
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Mary Casanova is an award-winning children's author of novels and picture books. Many of her books stem from her life on the Minnesota-Canadian border; yet some of her stories have taken her as far away as France, Norway, and Belize for research. Whatever the setting for her books, Casanova writes stories that matter--and stories that kids can't put down.

Her book awards include: American Library A
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