Monday, December 14, 2009

Cool Contest Alert!

I'm going to be unselfish here and share the news of Holiday Giveaway #4 - Otto Grows Down, on Suzie Townsend's blog Confessions of a Wandering Heart. I say unselfish becuase I'd LOVE to win a copy of Otto Grows Down by Michael Sussman all for myself! Still I've got to share, since in the short time I've been lurking about and engaging with the online kid lit community I've come to see that it is filled with highly generous and enthusiastic individuals. Many have been extremely encouraging and they've also shared knowledge and invaluable insight. In fact, I've been meaning to check out Otto Grows Down and the work of illustrator Scott Magoon for a while now as I've read about both the book and the artist on several blogs.

Here's the gist of the story as found on Suzie's blog: Otto has just one birthday wish: that his new baby sister Anna had never been born. And it comes true when the days suddenly start moving in reverse. But now, instead of growing up, Otto's growing DOWN. He's getting younger every minute and in danger of disappearing entirely. Can he turn things around before it's too late—for Anna and himself?

I need to know what happens to Otto! If you do too enter by commenting on Suzie's blog and include your email address so she can contact you. Enter by midnight on December 20th and who knows maybe the winner will have it before Christmas!


  1. I love OTTO. It was one of my favorites of this year and I reviewed it on my blog a few months ago. I even nominated it for the Cybils!

  2. I got a chance to read Otto the other day and really enjoyed it. It's a book that doesn't underestimate kids and their capabilities for understanding, empathy, and dealing with more complex emotions. AND it's funny and a bit of nail-biter. Can't wait to get it for my soon to be five year old!