Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Ottoline and the Yellow Cat

Ottoline and the Yellow Cat

Chris Riddell
Fiction  Series
For ages 7 to 9
HarperCollins, 2008   ISBN: 978-0061448799

Ottoline lives in an apartment in the Pepperpot Building with Mr. Munroe, a very hairy little person who originally came from Norway. Mr. Munroe was rescued by Ottoline's parents, career travelers who brought Mr. Munroe back to their home to live with Ottoline. Though they are not at home at the moment, Ottoline's parents have made sure that she is well taken care of by a variety of people, and her life is a happy one.

One day Ottoline and Mr. Munroe go out for a walk and she sees a lost dog poster. When they get home Mr. Munroe shows Ottoline several other similar posters about lost dogs. It is odd how many there are. Later that day Ottoline is looking at the newspaper and she reads that there have been a series of thefts in town. She also sees an advertisement for a company that specializes in providing lonely people with lapdogs.

Being a curious child, Ottoline decides to investigate the Lapdog Agency and what she finds prompts her to put a clever plan into action.

In this delightful, funny, and unique book Chris Riddell combines his stellar artistic skills with his gift for telling stories to create a book that young mystery lovers will greatly enjoy. Every page is packed with detailed artwork. Images of annotated maps, postcards, newspaper clippings, and much more fill the pages and take readers into Ottoline's deliciously peculiar and interesting world.

This is the first in a series of titles about Ottoline.