Thursday, April 13, 2017

Balzer + Bray Children's Book Review: Otter Loves Easter (Sam Garton)

Otter Loves Easter
Author: Sam Garton
Published Date: January 24th 2017
Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Otter—the irrepressible picture book character, sure to be adored by fans of Llama Llama—celebrates Easter with a little too much chocolate and a lot of creativity in this paper-over-board book.
This year the Easter Bunny brought Otter lots of chocolate eggs—her favorite! Otter Keeper said she had to share them with her friends, but sharing is very hard . . . and eating chocolate is very easy. Otter didn’t want Teddy, Giraffe, and Pig to be sad, though. Someone had to save Easter—and she knew just the right Otter for the job!
With Otter's winning voice and Sam Garton's classic yet fresh artwork, Otter Loves Easter! is sure to be another holiday favorite.

I’m Sam, I’m 30 and I live in Wokingham! I have a degree in illustration and I spend most of my time drawing Otters whilst generally making a mess and thinking about why I still haven’t bought a kitten. I like putting inappropriate sweets in the freezer (Jelly tots) and my favourite film is Homeward bound. I wish I looked cool wearing headbands but I don’t. Oh and I’m rubbish at looking after house plants.

"The Easter Bunny had brought me lots of chocolate eggs. 
I love the Easter Bunny!"

Otter Loves Easter is a children's book filled with bright, beautiful illustrations and tells the story of Otter and his friends as they celebrate Easter.

The illustrations throughout the book are bright and engaging and children will love the simplicity of the characters such as Otter and Giraffe. Giraffe is probably my most favorite character throughout the story. He is so bright and colorful and is Otter's best bud.

I love how the story incorporates numbers which helps to teach younger children how to count and use numbers. The story also teaches the importance of sharing with others which in turn teaches respect, friendship, and caring for others.

"My friends were so happy to have eggs of their own,
and we all agreed that sharing is very important."

Otter makes a wrong choice in the story and once he learns from his mistake then he realizes that sharing his Easter presents with his friends makes him so much happier than playing with them alone. Otter even has fun helping his friends find all of the hidden Easter eggs! Otter learns that sharing anything is better with friends!

Giraffe getting gold stars for good behaviour

**The quotes from this book have been taken from an Advanced Reading Copy and are subject to change when the final book is printed. Please refer to the final, finished copy for exact quotes!**

**I want to say Thank You to Balzer + Bray for the opportunity to review this book!!**


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  4. My grandson will love this book! Will be ordering one for him... Thanks Sam for the great book!