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!