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Gideon & Otto

(Gossie and Friends)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  472 ratings  ·  62 reviews
Otto is an octopus, and he’s Gideon’s favorite friend! Gideon has a favorite friend, his toy octopus. He brings Otto with him everywhere. But one day Otto doesn’t stay right where Gideon put him . . . In this second book about Gideon, we learn more about his sidekick, Otto, and their important bond. Another charming romp with the latest irrepressible, adorable gosling in t ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 8th 2012 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2012)
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Jul 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Read aloud by my Lamby (6)!
My word--I adore these illustrations! Cute toy octopus, turtle (of course), bunnies. Makes me smile every time I read these books. I was looking for "bunny books" for an Easter-y theme, so this doesn't quite work. And overall it might not work for preschool. If the books were bigger, I think this could work in a toddler storytime. Really good for a lap-read.

12/2/15 Opener for Things We Love at the Holidays: Friends theme. Simple. But a good one to read as families come in late. The kids all smil
Andrea Bragdon
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I use this book as a reminder for my son to take care of his belongings (clean up after himself) so he doesn't lose anything. I have read this book to my third graders for the same reminder. I don't really allow toys in my classroom, but if a student brings in a toy and it gets lost or it breaks, that's a natural consequence. ...more
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: d
Gideon is a baby goose, which is a duck of sorts right? Well, we're very partial to ducks. Especially Ava. The pictures are simple, but cute and the special friendship between Gideon and Otto reminds us of ourselves. Well, maybe not all the time. Sometimes someone bites. ...more
Cheriee Weichel
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gideon and Otto, his octopus, are best buddies who do almost everything together. When Otto goes missing, Gideon searches all over the farm to find him. I wish you could hear my almost two year old granddaughter exclaim, "Oh No! Where Otto?" ...more
Geoff Paulson
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The plight of a child who has lost a beloved toy (a friend!) is surprisingly moving.
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is so funny! I also like the pictures.
Dan Hyer
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
My 4 year old daughters enjoy this series.
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
A story about Gideon and his best friend, Otto.
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
❤ Gideon and his bestie! Dunrea is the master of board books, babies & adults dig his style.
Jan 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: ncbla2013, animals
In the further adventures of Gideon the ruddy gosling, the storyline will be quite familiar to parents and young ones alike. Gideon loves his toy octopus, Otto, and he carries him everywhere he goes. While out having fun one day, Gideon leaves Otto on a rock, and he somehow is lost. Gideon searches desperately, but he can't find Otto--until he happens to turn up in an unexpected way. The pen-and-ink and gouache illustrations are appealing and have a sentimental quality to them, making them not s ...more
Gideon is a small red-orange gosling whose favorite toy is stuffed octopus named Otto.

Gideon takes Otto, his stuffed octopus, with him everywhere. One afternoon he sets Otto down to play, but when Gideon returns, Otto is gone. Gideon frantically searches for him, and eventually they are reunited.

Having a favorite toy and the distress of losing that toy are things to which all children can relate. This is a sweet gentle story that allows young readers to reflect on their own everyday experience.
Danica Midlil
The small size of this book and others by this author makes them hard to share in a toddler story time despite the perfect fit of the story. Potential contender for a big book perhaps?
I like that Gideon doesn't immediately burst into tears upon discovering that Otto has mysteriously wandered off. That storyline has been done to Death! Instead, the smart little gosling goes looking for him and in logical places too!
Mar 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Absolutely adorable story about a russet colored goose named Gideon and his stuffed octopus, Otto. One day Gideon goes off to play with some bunnies and leaves Otto on a stump. When Mama Goose calls for Gideon to come home, he goes to find Otto, but he is not there. He looks everywhere for him and eventually find him on the back of a turtle. Gideon and Otto are together again. I picked this one up for my son's summer reading and he loved it. Recommended for ages 1-4, 3 stars. ...more
Oct 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Olivier Dunrea creates some of the sweetest stories (in perfect child sized books) about little ducks and goslings who have similar lives to the little kids that read about them. In this book, Gideon and his little stuffed octopus Otto do everything together until one day Otto doesn't stay where Gideon leaves him. In the end everything works out but the beautiful little illustrations and style that appeals to children and adults alike always makes me marvel at these sweet little gems of books. ...more
Aug 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another big hit from Olivier Dunrea. I like this one best of all the Gossie & friends books. It is quietly funny where the others are cute. The juxtaposition of the animated Gideon with his still, stuffed "favorite friend" Otto makes me smile even when we read it over and over.

There's probably a subtle point to the story about not neglecting your friends but the story is adorable even if that wasn't intended. A great choice for toddler reading times.
Morlando K
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-books
We love Gossie and friends books.
Alicia Evans
Gideon and his stuffed toy Otto are the best of friends. Gideon takes Otto everywhere and Otto loves their relationship. This book tells the story of how the two of them have one of the best relationships a young person and his stuffed animal can have. This book would be very cute for any young child who has an intense relationship with their comfort object.
This is a sweet little book that my 3-year-old picked out for himself at the library. I like the simple but charming illustrations of Gideon, his stuffed octopus friend, the bunnies, and the turtle. The text is very simple, but rather soothing, in a way, and I think this would make a good early reader book in the future because all of the sentences are short and simple.
Gideon loves Otto, his stuffed octopus companion and Otto loves Gideon. They are inseparable. When Otto disappears, Gideon searches frantically for his beloved friend.

Gideon and Otto are darling and the story packs a lot of emotional impact into the spare text and illustrations.
Apr 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
Loved the smaller size (it's about 6" x 6") for small hands. The illustrations are exquisite. Loved the story of friendship between a small gosling & his cute toy octopus. I would like to read more books from this gifted author & illustrator. ...more
Apr 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Gideon the gosling and Otto the stuffed octopus are best friends. Follow their adventure when Otto gets lost and Gideon must find him! A small format book (6x6), preschoolers will love to hold this one in their hands!
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Apr 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: birth-4
Gideon, a young gosling, and his stuffed octopus Ollie have many adventures until, "Oh, no!" Ollie is lost! (But, not to worry, Ollie returns in amusing style.) Small book is great to stow in the car.
Reviewer #7
Erin Al-Mehairi
May 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Addie, my 4 year old says "i loved the duck in this book." As a parent, I love the simple text and beautiful, cute art. Addie loves ducks and always enjoys the stories. Certainly a simple lesson of why not to leave your loyal friends behind! ...more
Sep 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: olly-s-faves
Our introduction to the series, given as a gift, and a surprise hit! I don't really see the appeal, but Olly absolutely loves it, and was asking for Otto after just a few reads, which was pretty awesome. ...more
Sep 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: early-readers
E loves this one. (2 yr 4m old) I frequently hear her in her crib, flipping pages and calling for Otto like Gideon does in the book. Haven't read all the books in this series but I like it better than Gossie. ...more
Feb 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture, bird, friendhship
Cute cartoon style illustration. Basic uncomplicated story.
Feb 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I love that Gideon's friend is an octopus! ...more
Feb 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is so cute. Katie checked it out of the library and I will be sad to return it. Very sweet.
Michelle Nero
Mar 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A little book packed with a powerful friendship between a gosling and a stuffed octopus. Adorable story and adorable illustrations!
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