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Otto in the Time of the Warrior Paperback – 2 Nov 2006
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A mixture of humour and extravagant action, this attractive fantasy is accessible to quite young readers simply as an adventure story ... a very thoughtful book, and underlying its invention and suspense are other layers of meaning. (BfK)
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)
Haptie has taken a serious theme ... which gives this quirky debut a serious and valid undercurrent. (TES)
... a whimsical adventure full of colours, magic and sparks, it really is a child's parable about serious issues of suffering . . . every page touches a reader's sense of wonder. . . . one's heartstrings are pulled, and you long to visit them again and again. (Inis the Children's Book Ireland Magazine)
Charming and highly readable . . . eccentric and individual. (TES Teacher)
thrilling and wondrous (The Sunday Express)
In this marvellous story about the Karmidee, Otto travels back in time into the stormy, magical past ...See all Product description
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When we first rejoin Otto, he is on the roof, with her dad, Arthur the Quiet, king of the Karmidee, when he spots a girl, a blue girl. Shocked, he tells his mum, who is rather pre-occupied by large insects (brought about by the strange weather they had experienced during the previous spring). Then, he tries to tell his friend, Mab,but she's pre-occupied by the impending meeting with the Artist's Guild, and her art is too flat. He'd tell Sween Softly, but he's got to contend with Norah, the chess champion (very Respectable and Normal).
This tale takes us from now to the past, where Otto meets a new group of people, finds out why it isn't nice to say Skink, and gets really rather disappointed when he can't find Blue (the girl from the roof).
I enjoyed every minute of these books, and I am old enough to understand a lot of the more unusual humour. For instance, the fact that knees smell reassuring always makes me laugh. This book deserves to be followed by something more, and I look forward to reading further works by Charlotte Haptie.
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