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Otto has a birthday party
Parr, Todd.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Little, Brown, [2004]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
There is a problem with the cake Otto the dog makes for his birthday party, but he and his friends have a good time anyway.
General Note:
"Megan Tingley Books."
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.7 0.5 85582.
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J PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
J PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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It's Otto's birthday, and he wants to bake a cake for his friends. But-oh no, Otto!-shoes don't go in birthday cakes! Presents, games, and a special delivery arrive just in time to save the party.

Author Notes

Todd Parr was born on July 9, 1962. In 1995 he moved to San Francisco, California where he pursued a career as an artist. After being rejected by many galleries, he showed his artwork at Wolfgang Puck's restaurant Postrio. This exhibit led to him creating merchandise for Macy's and his own children's clothing line.

He is the author and illustrator of over 30 children's books which contain simple messages about acceptance, difference, and empowerment including The Thankful Book. In 2005 the preschool television show he created, ToddWorld, premiered on TLC and Discovery Kids.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

The lovable pup stars in two paper-over-board titles by Todd Parr: Otto Has a Birthday Party and Otto Goes to Camp. In the first, Otto tests his culinary skills, making a cake for his party (using shoes, bones and a hot dog, among other ingredients), while the second finds the canine packing his favorite bone, stick and cherry pie for a trip to the wilderness. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Otto the dog decides to make a cake for his birthday. He puts in "a cup of flour, two shoes, three bones, some pepperoni, a cootie bug, and a hot dog." He tops it off with mud frosting and puts it in the oven to bake. One by one, the canine's friends arrive for the party. After playing games and opening his gifts, Otto opens the oven door only to have the cake explode into a stinky mess. An ice-cream truck with a special delivery for the birthday dog and guests saves the event. On the final page, the author dispenses some cheerful advice: "Have fun on your Birthday, but don't put a cootie bug or a shoe in your cake!" The author's trademark bold colors and figures outlined in black are in evidence here; fans of Parr won't be disappointed.-Olga R. Kuharets, Broward County Libraries, Fort Lauderdale, FL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.