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Otto and the Flying Twins Hardcover – 12 Sep 2002

4.3 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Children's Books; First Edition, First Impression edition (12 Sept. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340855932
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340855935
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 22.1 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,489,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Charlotte Haptie's magical Otto and the Flying Twins is a lyrical tale of magical secrets and mystical mayhem in a world where human beings are intent on quashing anything and anybody they see as different or strange.

Our hero Otto Hush is the seemingly normal product of a seemingly normal family. But one day, on a visit to the Firebox Launderette, his father is called upon to solve a particularly tricky problem and Otto's suspicions are aroused. Then, when his twin baby sisters suddenly start flying, and a strange girl on a flying carpet lands in his bedroom late one night to escape the Normies (a special police force set up to rid the city of anything strange), he knows for sure that something is afoot.

Reminiscent of Enid Blyton's spookily magical Enchanted Wood stories, with a touch of Ghostbusters and a sprinkling of William Nicholson thrown in for good measure, Otto and the Flying Twins is a fantastic read with a twisting, turning plot that ensures page-turning intrigue from beginning to end. But more than that, Charlotte Haptie has cleverly managed to combine superb storytelling with an emotional truth that eloquently examines a society shrouded in bigotry without turning it into a yawn-inducing morality tale. This highly recommended, rip-roaring adventure is ideal for children aged nine and over. --Susan Harrison.


Enchanting ... will delight anyone who believes in magic ... This tale has powerful emotions and poignancy as well as charm and magic (The Good Book Guide)

Utterly delightful (Daily Mail)

A truly magical tale (Family Focus)

A sophisticated, elliptical fantasy that does not read like anything you have come across before. It will reward youngsters who rise to the challenge with its magic, warmth and excitement (The Sunday Times)

Warmly colourful and imbued with a sense of delight ... This book is one to love and return to with affection (The Childrens Book Magazine, Ireland)

This fantastical adventure romps along with magical events occurring thick and fast (School Librarian)

A mixture of humour and extravagant action ... a very thoughtful book (Books For Keeps)

A sophisticated, elliptical fantasy that does not read like anything you have come across before. It will reward youngsters ... with its magic, warmth and excitement. (The Sunday Times)

A mixture of humour and extravagant action, this attractive fantasy is accessible to quite young readers simply as an adventure story. But it is a very thoughtful book, and underlying its invention and suspense are other layers of meaning. (BfK)

Romps along...Haptie has taken a serious her framework, which gives this quirky debut a serious and valid undercurrent (TES)

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