Utterly otterly night

Mary Casanova

Book - 2011

While out playing with his family one night, Little Otter shows that he knows what to do when danger is near.

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Subjects
Genres
Picture books
Published
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers 2011.
Edition
1st ed
Language
English
Physical Description
unpaged : ill
ISBN
9781416975625
1416975624
Main Author
Mary Casanova (-)
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

In this follow-up to Utterly Otterly Day, Little Otter and his family pop through the frozen ice and slide down snowy hills under moonlight. Casanova's gently cadenced verse mimics the otters' movements: "Up and down, the otters play./ They glide and slide,/ in a whooshily, shooshily way." Little Otter encounters other animals as he plays, including a rabbit, owl, and moose. But atop a high hill, he smells trouble: a pack of wolves. Hoyt's matte pen-and-ink illustrations create contrast between the smiling, rosy-cheeked otters and the chilly blue of the wild landscape; Little Otter's tense escape will leave readers relieved by his family's safe return. Ages 3–6. (Nov.) [Page ]. Copyright 2011 PWxyz LLC

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 2—In this second "Otterly" book, Little Otter urges his family out of their snow-covered den for some nighttime fun. As he zooms down the hills, he encounters a rabbit, plows under the snow beneath the reach of an owl, and even stops short of a towering moose's hooves. But since he is a "big otter now," he knows danger when he smells it. Sure enough, five wolves "[peer] out from piney shadows,/big teeth...big eyes…" looking hungrily right at him. "Heart bump-bumping," Little Otter zigzags away to divert them from his family while he screams a warning. Of course, everyone makes it back to the den safely, and "all is right" on this "icily, dicily/…frightfully, delightfully,/utterly otterly night." Youngsters will enjoy the irony of the parents' initial warning to be alert to danger while it is left to the youngest family member to save everyone, and they will love repeating the delicious fabricated rhyming words, even though the inconsistent rhyme scheme may challenge adults reading aloud. The pen-and-ink cartoon illustrations, mostly spreads, depict a chubby-cheeked, grinning otter family playfully cavorting in their winter habitat. Watercolor washes, swirling lines, and cross-hatching convey the joyous, nonstop energy of the animals until a close-up of Little Otter, head raised, mouth wide open as he cries, "Danger!" heralds his life-and-death flight from the wolves' grasp. Betty Tatham's Baby Sea Otter (Holt, 2005) offers some factual information about these utterly adorable creatures.—Marianne Saccardi, formerly at Norwalk Community College, CT [Page 82]. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

While out playing with his family one night, Little Otter shows that he knows what to do when danger is near.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Enjoying a wonderful night of fun and adventure under an enormous golden moon, Little Otter experiences dizzying close calls involving prowling wolves before returning to his family den and settling down for bedtime. By the creators of Utterly Ottery Day.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Little Otter is ready for some action! Rustling leaves call to him. Sweet, spicy air beckons. The moon is as huge and golden as Owl’s eyes. So Little Otter sets off for some fun. But with wolves on the prowl, Little Otter’s adventures are a series of dizzying close calls. When he finally returns to his den, Little Otter’s family is all played out and ready for bed!

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Little Otter is ready for some action! Rustling leaves call to him. Sweet, spicy air beckons. The moon is as huge and golden as Owl's eyes. So Little Otter sets off for some fun. But with wolves on the prowl, Little Otter's adventures are a series of dizzying close calls. When he finally returns to his den, Little Otter's family is all played out and ready for bed!