Saturday, July 12, 2008

Otto's Orange Day

Click here to find this book in the Library Catalog!Otto's Orange Day by Jay Lynch

Illustrated by Frank Cammuso

Abstract: After a genie fulfills Otto the cat's wish by turning the whole world orange, Otto realizes that his favorite color is not the best color for everything.

Raw Junior, 2008.


Teresa said...

I just don't know about the graphic novel easy reader. I thought the font was somewhat difficult in places. The Chet part of the story made little sense to me other than he was being introduced for future stories?

Anonymous said...

The idea of a graphic novel easy reader is really fun. I agree with Teresa however that the font is occasionally difficult to read. The inconsistency in the rhyming kind of bothered me, but it didn't affect the flow of the story so I guess it wasn't really a problem. I really enjoyed how the authors played with the way color affects every part of life, even language such as when Chet talks about having the "oranges" rather than the blues.

Anonymous said...

I think a graphic novel *could* work as an easy reader, but this one doesn't. I was particularly bothered by how muddy the colors were. Often, I didn't see "ORANGE" as they were speaking about it, I saw burnt sienna or tan or a very muted orange. In this way, I thought the pictures detracted from the text.

Heather said...

Well, orange IS my favorite color, but this is not my favorite early reader of the year. It is fun book and I love the graphic novel idea, but I am not sure how successful that idea is.
I wonder if the format would be confusing for an early reader - I hate to admit that graphic novels & comics (which panel to read next) confuse this reader and I've been reading for a while.
Besides the format, new vocabulary was not repeated throughout - and there are some difficult words in the story. I would have liked to see those words come back a few times for practice.

In spite of all of that, it is a fun read and I would LOVE the opportunity to see an orange blizzard. It would be BEAUTIFUL!

There are more graphic novel early readers being added to the blog - check them out and comment!

Anonymous said...

I agree that a graphic novel for an early reader could be fun, but this one was a little confusing. I also was thrown off by the rhyming and then not rhyming.
The story itself didn't catch my interest, but I did think the illustrations were fun and cute. :)

Kris said...

I wonder what a child who is learning to read would do with this book. Is it intuitive to follow the "voice bubbles"? I don't know, I've been reading for 30+ years...I'm not sure if that helps my opinion or hurts it. I'm not used to reading graphic novels, so I'm afraid I'm a little biased against it. I would like to watch a child try to read this, though. It would be interesting to see how they approached it.

Anonymous said...

My second grade daughter hates to read (she may be dyslexic). I have never seen her reading a book by choice. I got this book from the library just because it looked fun--the other night I peeked in her room and she was "reading" this novel!!!
The next day at school she drew an Otto comic and (by her teachers suggestion) put her own words in the the thought bubble. This is a great ideal for kids who "read" in pictures!