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I Am Otter

(Otter #1)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  818 ratings  ·  166 reviews
The curious, charming, playful, and internet-famous Otter makes her picture book debut in I Am Otter by author-illustrator Sam Garton. Here's what Otter has to say about her book: "Hi! I am Otter, and this is a book about me and my best friends, Otter Keeper and Teddy. And it's about the fun and messy (and little bit scary) adventure we had one day when Otter Keeper was at ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 29th 2014 by Balzer + Bray
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Brooks Sherman
Jan 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I am the author/illustrator's agent. That doesn't stop me from being unabashedly smitten with Otter and her family of Otter Keeper, Teddy, and even Giraffe.

If you somehow prove resistant to Otter's charm, I will worry about you.
Adam Silvera
Sep 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I now want an otter to name Otter who is up to no good when I leave for work. More Otter books, please.
Nov 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love this book. Otter Keeper (Sam Garton) is an extremely kind man (I won this through a giveaway on his website and he shipped it all the way from the U.K.! Also, for some reason I had the bright idea to tell him I was having a rough time and he was kind enough to talk to me and cheer me up). He even wrote me a note!

Otter and Teddy and Giraffe and Otter Keeper deserve all the success they receive :) It's a very cute book and the pictures are very well illustrated. The story is ador
Apr 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I selected this from the Amazon Vine program solely for the purpose of reading it to my cousin's young son and daughter, but of course I had to read it for myself first. The cover is adorable. I couldn't resist.

I wasn't familiar with the blog (I Am Otter: The Unheard Ramblings of a Modern Day Domestic Otter), so this was my introduction to the work of London's Sam Garton. Judging by this book, Garton's work is charming, infused with a gentle sense of humor, and likely to appeal to a wide select
May 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Caryn Caldwell
Jul 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Otter loves living with his keeper. They play together every weekend and have the best time. Unfortunately, Keeper has to go to work each week, leaving the mischievous Otter to his own devices. Bored, Otter starts his own toast restaurant for all of his stuffed animals, but it doesn't go at all like he'd planned. The results are disastrous -- and hilarious. This is a cute, original story, and the ending made me laugh out loud the first time I read it. It's the illustrations that really make the ...more
Amber J.
Nov 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Amber J. by: Teresa
This book was cute and funny. I was a little worried that I wouldn't really be into it, but some of Otter's hijinks are hilarious. I actually laughed out loud when I saw all the stuffed animals lined up outside the door to get into Otter and Teddy's "Tost Restaurant" LOL. This book will make a great gift for my youngest godchild.

Nov 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Young Otters / Anyone Looking for Children's Stories About Mischief-Making
Mischievous Otter gets up to all kinds of trouble when the Otter Keeper is away from home, playing restaurant with her best friend, Teddy. The resultant chaos and mess lead to trouble, and Otter attempts to pass the blame on to her stuffed companion. But then Teddy disappears, and Otter realizes just how much she cares for her friend...

The first of a number of picture-books featuring the cute-as-a-button Otter, I Am Otter is a charming look at an all-too-common childhood experience: making a ter
Phil Lemons
May 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-books
*Review update *
After being challenged to look at this from the get real rather than six feet, I have come to appreciate the book I couldn't from a more adult perspective.

Now my son likes this book more than I do. He wants to borrow the Otter books everytime he sees them at the library. Based on his reaction, I'd say he would rate them at four or five stars.

What I liked:
- The otter character is the highlight. Much like Curious George, Otter send to be based on kid behavior.

- The art work is top
Aug 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What an adorable little children's book! I found the Halloween book in this series just before the baby shower for my nephew, where it was required to bring a book for him. I wanted to get this book because otters are one of my favorite animals, and I wanted to show him how magical they are.

Now, nearly a year later, my brother and sister in law read this to him all the time, even if he only pays attention to the pictures. They really enjoy this one as well, which is what a good children's book s
Pop Bop
Feb 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Drawings, Story, Tone

When all of the elements come together in just the right balance - as they do here - you get a real winner. If you have a grandchild named "Arthur" whose slightly older brother can only say "Otter", well that's the jackpot.

The drawings here are crisp, well colored, and very expressive. Emotions like "confusion", actions like "play", and feelings like "safe and secure", are brutally difficult to capture and express in drawings, but Garton gets it right on every page. It is al
Peggy Tibbetts
Jun 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is a spinoff of author Sam Garton’s blog, “I am Otter: The Unheard Ramblings of a Modern Day Domestic Otter,” which chronicles the escapades of Otter and Otter Keeper. In this episode, Otter must find a way to amuse herself and her best friend Teddy while Otter Keeper goes off to work. She decides to open a toast restaurant because toast is easy. However Teddy is a stuffed bear and is soon way in over his head. Hijinks and pandemonium erupt and are depicted with hilarious and thoroughl ...more
Sara-elizabeth Cottrell
Hands down the most entertaining, original, fun family read we have seen in a long time. Flip Flap Fly remains my favorite children's book but this one, in one read with our 3-year-old, moved up to #2 immediately. When we closed the book my husband and I were almost doubled over laughing. If Otter Keeper ever needs an Otter Sitter, please consider us available! We will even eat the burned toast! ...more
Absolutely delightful. Garton conveys the story through an excellent synthesis of lively, expressive illustrations and witty, accessible narration, each supporting the other and making the whole much greater than either of its parts. The little touches, such as Otter's frazzled whiskers when she's angry or working hard, add zest, and the narrative voice is just right. It's the sort of book I would have appreciated as a child, and would very much enjoy reading aloud to a youngster now. ...more
Jan 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Really cute story of a rescued otter and his "otter keeper". Apparently this is the first book about this otter but not the first story as the author has a blog in the U.K. that he tells otter tales on. Great for kids and their adults, this will be a popular re-read in your family,especially if you own a rescued animal. ...more
Penny Ramirez
Dec 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
How darling! I bought this as a gift, but I suspect I will need to have a copy of my very own.

Otter is so well drawn that I want to cuddle him. I love the soft, bright colors that pulled me in to the illustrations. Welcome home, Otter!
Apr 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is adorable and the pictures are both charming and funny! We need more Otter books pronto!
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
New favourite children's book. I teared up out of sheer cuteness! ...more
Karyn The Pirate
This is definitely going into my story time line-up!
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: scanned
One of the cutest books I've ever read! ...more
Sara Stalder
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Otter gets dropped off at Otter Keepers house and gets into a little trouble when he try's to open a toast restaurant for the other toys while Otter Keeper goes to work.
Funny, cute read with lovely pictures.
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s
Having work in animal rehabilitation and seeing the personality of animals like this, I just love this book. Otters are by far my favorite animal. I give this series 5 hearts! XOXOXO
Sheri Radford
Mar 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: kids
In this cute picture book, one little otter gets into all sorts of adventures and misadventures.
Jo Oehrlein
Feb 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A silly book about an otter who lives with a man. The otter's best friend is Teddy, a stuffed teddy bear. While the man is at work, Otter and Teddy amuse themselves, not always with the best results. ...more
Mar 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
My son adored this book. It was amusing.
Otter! Otter! Otter! I absolutely love this book. I read it just for me.
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
I Am Otter tells the tale of an otter who lives with an otter keeper and is best friends with a stuffed teddy bear. Otter and Teddy try to keep the Otter Keeper home, but when he goes to work, Otter and Teddy have fun at home alone. The story tells of how they play restaurant and get mad at each other, only to remember that they are best friends. This is a fun quick read.
The Brothers
Feb 26, 2019 rated it liked it
A man's pet otter wreaks havoc with his toys while trying to start up a toast restaurant. Yep.

Illustrations are cute though.
Feb 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
This children's book, told from the point of view of a (stuffed) Otter is very cute and has amusing illustrations. It reminds me of an older book that featured Old Bear. I will try to pick up the next book about Otter Goes to school. ...more
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I’m Sam, I’m 33 and I live in Wokingham! I have a degree in illustration and I spend most of my time drawing Otters whilst generally making a mess and thinking about why I still haven’t bought a kitten. I like putting inappropriate sweets in the freezer (Jelly tots) and my favourite film is Homeward bound. I wish I looked cool wearing headbands but I don’t. Oh and I’m rubbish at looking after hous ...more

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