Monday, March 16, 2015

Diary of a Wimpy Kid - What's Next?

Parents are always on the hunt for books that resemble Diary of a Wimpy Kid.  There are quite a few good contenders in this genre and today I am introducing you to Otis Dooda.  I liked him, but of course any kid that will take on the local Lego genius has got to be a contender in my book.

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Title: Otis Dooda:Downright Dangerous

Author: Ellen Potter

Target: Grades 2-5


What this book is about: 
In this second book in the series, Otis is about to start at a new school.  He continues to get to know the residents of his apartment building, Tidwell Towers, manage his brother Gunther and put up with the dogs his mother insists on “training.”  In this story he will be involved with alien baby eggs, he will battle the greatest Lego genius that ever lived and  he will manage a rice pudding explosion - not very successfully. 

Why I love this book: 
I like Otis, which helps this book along considerably.  He has an absolutely silly group of friends, and by silly I mean quirky character who happily inhabit the extreme.  Potty humor is abundant, but it was done well so I have no complaints.

There is not a lot of story here, but simply following the antics of Otis and his group proves to be quite entertaining.

Who this book is for: 
With plenty of illustrations and large type, this will appeal to kids who like the Wimpy Kid Series.  It is also ideal for reluctant readers, although I imagine even voracious readers will enjoy the antics of Otis.  I have not read the first book, and that was not a problem so the books are not dependent on one another.

Final thoughts: 
It isn’t often I read a series that also has a soundtrack.  You can hear for yourself here!

To purchase this book:
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