Goodreads: Otter Goes to School
When Otter asks how Otter Keeper became so clever, he tells her about school. Since Otter can think of several friends who need school, she starts her own. But when Teddy worries that he isn’t good at anything, Otter begins to think she isn’t a very good teacher.
Like many of the other Otter books, Otter Goes to School does not have a particularly original premise–picture books about going to school are rather plentiful. However, Otter gives this story added warmth and charm. With her signature humor and many cute otter faces, she makes this book worth a reread.
What I love most about the Otter books is the expressiveness of the pictures and Otter’s enthusiasm for life. Whether she’s dancing, giving out gold stars in class, or coloring, Otter loves it all. It kind of makes me want to jump in and share the fun. Everything is the best thing ever! All this enthusiasm is balanced by some of Otter’s low moments, whether she’s scared or frustrated or sad. Then her little whiskers droop and you want to give her a hug because Otters, you know, are just meant to be happy.
Spending a day with Otter is always a delight. I hope there are many more Otter books to come to brighten our days.
2 thoughts on “Otter Goes to School by Sam Garton”
I actually thought the book did put a bit of a twist on the “going to school” trope, since Otter is the teacher and then (spoilers!) insecure about her teaching.
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