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Swing Otto Swing!

by David Milgrim

Published by Atheneum, 2004
32 pages
ISBN: 0-689-85564-8

Ages 4 - 7

The latest entry in David Milgrim's sendoff of "Dick and Jane" features the robot Otto attempting to swing in the trees like his monkey friends Flip and Flop. Otto's trepidation is great and determination is mighty despite repeated failures. When success seems impossible, Otto uses a little ingenuity and elbow grease to get in the swing of things in his own way. Children will not find Milgrim's allusion to the past in the text funny in and of itself ("See Otto. See Otto swing."). But they will appreciate the humor and warmth of the story, in which the spare text is juxtaposed with digitally rendered pen-and-ink drawings. Milgrim conveys a range of emotions with just a few expressive lines in the art, making this beginning reader useful in a discussion of visual literacy as well. (Ready-to-Read) CCBC categories: Books for Beginning and Newly Independent Readers. (MS) 2004 Cooperative Children's Book Center

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