Ottoline and the Yellow Cat by Chris Riddell

url-2A very clever, unusual book! Ottoline lives on the 24th floor of the Pepperpot Building with Mr. Munroe, a small, hairy creature from a wet bog in Norway, while her parents travel the world collecting interesting things. (One of the things they “collected”was Mr. Munroe!) Ottoline is a thoughtful, quiet girl who enjoys brushing Mr. Munroe’s hair, splashing in puddles, taking care of her parents’ collections (such as emperor’s hats and meteorites) and solving tricky problems. In this first book of an intended series, Ottoline and Mr. Munroe stumble upon a mystery: who is stealing the lapdogs from the society ladies of the neighborhood? Can they break up the crime ring led by a sneaky yellow cat and return the dogs to their owners? The story is clever, humorous and quirky, and the amazing illustrations, black and white line drawings with splashes of red here and there, add an important element to the book. You can pore over each intricate drawing and find surprising details. This book will appeal to fans of graphic novels, because there is so much going on in the illustrations, as well as anyone who enjoys a funny mystery with offbeat characters. It will be equally entertaining for adults who appreciate creative and imaginative children’s books.

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2 Comments on “Ottoline and the Yellow Cat by Chris Riddell”

  1. Abbie Says:

    Wow, this was a great book. From the cooky characters like Mr.Munroe and Ottoline to the delightful drawings this book was an all around fun read. I’m excited to read the later installments.

  2. Rose Says:

    This book was excellent it had all kinds of adventures but at the same time is very relaxed on the 24th story of the Pepperpot Building. This is a very imaginative book and a think anyone will enjoy this funny book.

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