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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; Reprints edition (3 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405050594
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405050593
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.2 x 18.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,811 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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A charming and irresistible Ottoline story from award-winning and bestselling author Chris Riddell. Featuring a set of novelty gadget spectacles!

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Chris Riddell, the 2015-2017 UK Children's Laureate, is an accomplished artist and the political cartoonist for the Observer. He has enjoyed great acclaim for his books for children. His books have won a number of major prizes, including the 2001 and 2004 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medals. Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse won the Costa Children's Book Award 2013. His previous work for Macmillan includes the bestselling Ottoline books, The Emperor of Absurdia, and, with Paul Stewart, the Muddle Earth books, the Scavenger series 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 Sept. 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 Sept. 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 S. J. King on 28 Nov. 2010
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As I have related elsewhere, I got to know about Ottoline when my sister was visiting with her children, Freddy, seven, and Hannah, five. She brought "Ottoline and the Yellow Cat" back from the library, and everyone loved it so much that I bought the complete set of three books from Amazon for them to take home. They had also read "Ottoline Goes To School" from the library, but "Ottoline at Sea" was new to everyone. My sister and I both read it in the evening while the children were in bed before she read it to them the next morning. It is full of clever jokes, both on the spot and running, and ravishingly detailed illustrations (the seaplane pilot Minty Woodvine is particularly gorgeous - like a warmer-natured version of Angelina Voight.) The supplied "bog goggles" are particularly clever: not just a novelty, but a tool that really is necessary to make out the secret illustrations which are otherwise unintelligible. I have given it only four marks out of five because the plot isn't quite as good as in the other two stories, and because though highly ingenious the bog goggles are slightly hard to use: in particular, with the vital last image explaining Mr Monroe's reasons for going AWOL, you can't see the whole thing at once, and the page has to be absolutely flat before the interference fringes cohere properly, which becomes more difficult with bigger illustrations. Even with those caveats, though, it's still among the best children's books I've ever read. Freddy and Hannah (and I!) would love to read more about Ottoline, but it's obvious that with those intricate pictures the books represent a tremendous amount of work by Chris Riddell, so I fear we'll have to wait a long time to read about her again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. H. Brodowski on 4 Jan. 2011
Format: Hardcover
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lrc on 5 April 2014
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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 K. van Oosten on 27 Dec. 2010
Format: Hardcover
While I am now just over thirty, I still eagerly await and pounce on each new Ottoline book. No, make that anything by Chris Riddell's hand. Funny and quirky, his drawings are a joy to the eye of everyone between 2 and 99. There is so much detail in his drawings, and so much character that I read and reread his books time and again.

Where Riddell's illustrations are often delightfully cruel and frightening in the Edge Chronicles, the Ottoline drawings are all lovely without being sickeningly sweet. A marvel for young children, but very nice for grownups as well! And yes, the bog goggle puzzles do add even more fun to this particular booklet.
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