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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; Unabridged edition (3 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405050594
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405050593
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 2 x 19.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chris Riddell is an accomplished graphic artist who has illustrated many acclaimed books for children and has won the Unesco Award, has twice won the Kate Greenaway medal and has been shortlisted for the Kurt Maschler Award. He is also the acclaimed political cartoonist for the Guardian and the Observer. Together with Paul Stewart, he is the creator of the hugely successful Edge Chronicles, Barnaby Grimes, and the award-winning Far-Flung Adventures.

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About the Author

Chris Riddell is an accomplished artist and political cartoonist for the Observer, who has enjoyed great acclaim for his books for children. His books have won a number of major prizes including the 2001 and 2004 Kate Greenaway Medals, and his previous work for Macmillan includes OTTOLINE AND THE YELLOW CAT, THE EMPEROR OF ABSURDIA and, with Paul Stewart, MUDDLE EARTH and the BLOBHEADS series. Chris lives in Brighton with his family.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Annabel Gaskell VINE VOICE on 14 Sep 2010
Format: Hardcover
My daughter loved the first two Ottoline books, and we've been waiting for the third for ages - so much so, she's now nearly 10. However there's so much quirky detail in these books that they transcend pigeonholing into age groups, being suitable for early readers moving up from picture books onwards.

The illustrations are divine (I don't think Chris Riddell is capable of producing an uninteresting drawing!), and Ottoline's latest adventure is great fun and full of zany humour. This time there is an added bonus of puzzle pictures for which you need the bog glasses supplied. One slight niggle with these is that you do need decent light to see the hidden pictures through the glasses properly, but this does add a whole new level of fun, and Riddell's standards remain high.

Bring on volume four - quickly please!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Naikeri Z on 13 Sep 2010
Format: Hardcover
We waited what seemed like a long time for this third Ottoline adventure after buying the first two in quick succession. But here she is, back in great form again, offering yet another delightful, exuberant account of her surreal existence and entourage.

I've given it 5 stars but I would give it more if I could, so flamboyant, clever and subversive is Chris Riddell's imagination, so enjoyable and deliciously mischievous his character creations. Living on the edge of political correctness (what child wouldn't want to, for a day, be Ottoline? Home alone, compulsive shoe shopaholic, eavesdropping aficionado, take-away food eater, and Roving Collectors' Travel Pass holder...), for all those that fear they are themselves becoming a bit boring and conventional, here is someone to look up too. And amongst all her boundless independence and quirky personality traits, she is also ultimately quite sensible and caring, full of good feelings. Mr Munro, the mysterious and silent Mr Munro, a favourite with us, once more is out there to offer a touch of wisdom, to counteract any excesses or miscalculations by Ottoline Brown, the Queen of Eccentricity.

Breezy, fast paced, crammed with events and characters, with the occasional text-less pages to take it all in, the humour, the winks, the cross-references, I bought this one for my daughter's 5th birthday, a fierce Ottoline fan from the tender age of not even 2, when she would take "Ottoline and the Yellow Cat" under her arm wherever she went. But I had to read it first, hiding. And what a wonderful alternative this series is for very young children that are ready for something more attention demanding than a picture book.

A true gem!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. H. Brodowski on 4 Jan 2011
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These books are beautifully presented with very good illustrations and little things that just make them very special books. My daughter loves them and read them within days (she is 7). I will definitely buy all the other titles in the series. They would also make gorgeous birthday gifts.
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By violet allan on 18 Jun 2014
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bought this for my grand daughter's birthday and she absolutely loves it.
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By lorraine on 15 Jun 2014
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A lovely book. Full of details which my daughter loves. Loves the two main characters too. Endearing. Good for girls I think.
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Fantastic chapter book peppered with lovely illustrations to hold a child's interest. It gave my young reader more confidence to get through longer books. Also not too girly, which I welcome.
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My daughter is dyslexic and so it has been an absolute struggle for her in regard to reading. But she absolutely loved these books and has since read and reread them countless times. The illustrations are beautiful and help tell the story. She was also so proud as she was reading what looked like a "proper book" but she wasn't overwhelmed by too much text on each page. Can not recommend them highly enough.
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By Marianne1 on 3 Mar 2014
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the books from Chris Riddell are excellent. The hard cover makes the book even more special. The illustrations are enjoyed by all.
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