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Young Otis is forced to question his origin and allegiances, given that his mom, a yellow chicken, is part of the Nuh-Uhs, and his dad, a blue flower, stems from the Yes-Chums. Struggling to find answers, Otis runs away, only to encounter more colors (and cultures) than he could ever imagine, including a giant portrait full of possibilities.



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ebook, 40 pages
Published December 1st 2016 by Luju Books
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Gerry
Apr 21, 2017 rated it liked it
OTIS GROWS
A cute picture book written in poetry with playful illustrations.
A parent to child read that could begin a discussion of how to live one's life.
Andréa
The illustrations are well-done, but the story itself is too disjointed to be enjoyable. An onion is the child of a chicken and a flower. The chickens and the flowers are at perpetual war with each other. The onion meets a talking crystal. Oh, and there's a wall of artwork depicting great humans of history. Too much, too weirdly joined together to work well.

Note: I received a digital review copy through NetGalley.
Chris
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It seems like there are more children's books than ever. It's a thick field, but not many of them will make the parent think as much as the child, and this one does. This thing is pretty dense to be such a small book, which is exactly what makes it so great. There are shout outs to artists, dancers, Nelson Mandela, and Bruce Lee (and a few notable others) which is a great way to start kids asking questions. The most important thing, however, is simply the message. Trying to fit in as a child is ...more
Michelle Arredondo
Otis Grows!! From the standpoint of a mother...I thought this book was adorable...rich in illustration, color, and much for the eyes to look at as you flipped through each page. The narrative...a little complicated for young readers to completely follow. The story itself...wonderful, although of course that comes with pausing to explain what each page meant to my young readers of 6 and 9. That's not a negative thing at all....as a parent we often find ourselves doing that so that children can le ...more
Sharon Tyler
Jun 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Otis Grows is a picture book written by Kathryn Hast, M.L. Phang. Young Otis is forced to question his origin and allegiances, given that his mom, a yellow chicken, is part of the Nuh-Uhs, and his dad, a blue flower, stems from the Yes-Chums. Struggling to find answers, Otis runs away, only to encounter more colors (and cultures) than he could ever imagine, including a giant portrait full of possibilities.

Otis Grows is a picturebook with wonderful illustrations, and great intentions-
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Chris Worthy
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I had the opportunity to interview the author for an upcoming story. The book is one that can grow with kids over time. It is unique and creative and meaningful.
Lori Byrd
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A super cute book that rhymes that I can read to my grandchildren over and over again. I loved it.
Carla
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished
I enjoyed reading this children's book about a little onion as he begins to understand that there is room for differences in the world.
Teresa
Jun 04, 2017 rated it liked it
My grandson will love this! I won my copy in a giveaway here on goodreads. Thank you!
Michael
Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Truly lovely artwork. The story is adequate, but I think children will enjoy it. The artwork, though, is the real deal! Kids will love it! I know I did!
Laura
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
Heavy handed much?

Do you remember reading Dr. Suess's The Sneeches? Remember how they argued if the ones with stars were better or the ones without? That was of course about prejudices. It was a light hearted way about telling it, and getting kids to laugh at how silly this was.

This book...doesn't. It just is a little to heavy handed with Tulip like creatures that have boots that fight Chicken like creatures, and a little onion who is the product of two of these very diff
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Sara Weather
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
Liked: Art

Disliked: This is a weird book it has all these messages about finding yourself, racism, and biracial-ness. It looks at historical figures from past (who are human). I feel it all gets jumbled and does not really work for me.

I received this from netgalley in exchange for my review.
michelle
This was a great book in concept, but the execution fell flat. I'm honestly not 100% sure what the message was supposed to be. At times it felt like it was showing how there are two political sides that are so busy arguing with each other that they can't see the forest for the trees. At others, it was about a child coming from two different parents who didn't always see the world in the same way, but that we should learn from all that we experience and then use it to become a stronger person. Th ...more
Jordan P.
rated it it was amazing
Apr 14, 2017
Ryan
Apr 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
This nearly wordless picture book is something else. I do not think it could be entirely wordless and make sense. It barely makes sense with the few words it has. Apparently a chicken and a flower are parents to a turnip. But the chicken and the flower are not nice to each other. They fight a lot! Otis goes off to discover different things in life and that as he grows, the world around him grows as well. The illustrator does a great job, but they need to be paired with a writer who can make this ...more
Cora
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Apr 07, 2017
Helen
rated it it was amazing
Apr 14, 2017
Kerry Kraemer
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautifully written and illustrated book about an important lesson for children (and adults.) I personally love the historical references :)
Corinne
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Apr 16, 2017
Mark
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Apr 07, 2017
Angela
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Brendan Carrick
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Mar 28, 2017
Allison
Apr 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm just beginning to revisit children's books now that my daughter is almost three and can sit through the good ones I remember. We didn't get all the way through this (it's probably 30 pages or more) but I was really impressed by the art work and imagination. There's really is a lot going on, but it's delightful! Flowers with boots, chickens with gloves...why not? In fact, Layla had so many questions about the book that we ended up having several (super cute!) conversations. This is not your t ...more
Raven
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Jun 09, 2017
Bruce
Apr 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Otis Grows takes on a big challenge for young readers: creating a story that attempts to take the bad things in life that one goes through, and yet grow through them, and even beyond that by helping one-self to grow to be whatever one chooses to be. This story, in picture book form, targets divorce specifically, and how the offspring, with help, are able to catch a glimpse of another world view, even if for a brief moment in time.

The artwork was beautiful and captivating, drawing me
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Denise
rated it it was amazing
May 18, 2017
Glinda
Apr 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Super cute. Awesome illustrations.
Noura
Apr 03, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
1.5 star

The points go to the beautiful illustration and that alone. The story had potential but was quite forgettable but what irked me is the font itself. I mean, it's a picture book and with this kind of story a more whimsical font could have done wonders.

Amelia
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Apr 06, 2017
Amber Webb
Apr 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Otis is the story of an onion with parents who seem to disagree about everything and the challenges he faces as he discovers who he is and who he wants to be. While the story is a bit far-fetched, it excellently portrays how children might be feeling in this most recent political climate. This story would be a good read for children and adults alike. I am very impressed with the flow of writing and depiction of tough topics. It is wonderful for children to see that they have power in deciding wh ...more
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Kathryn Hast has a Master’s of Fine Arts degree in writing and a Master’s degree in Education. She is from York, Pennsylvania, and she lives in Asheville, North Carolina with her husband and two children. She has one dog named after a Beatles song, and one that barks at the television. Otis Grows is her first published work of fiction, and her next book Batty Betty is forthcoming.
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“Otis Grows is a kid’s book that looks at adult problems. It playfully engages us all to consider: what’s tough, what’s inherent, but most of all, what’s possible.” 0 likes
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