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51m3caICwmL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_Reviewed by Alyssa Katanic

I Am Otter, by Sam Garton, is told as the autobiography of an otter that reminds me, quite a bit, of a certain inquisitive monkey (who’s really an ape, but that’s another review!) who, also, should, perhaps, not be left alone while the man of the house goes off to work!

Otter loves Otter Keeper, but every Monday morning, despite Otter’s best efforts to thwart the event, Otter Keeper must go to work. Otter, with his best friend Teddy, decides that he needs a job, as well. He decides to open a toast restaurant. Who doesn’t love toast, right? Well, things don’t go quite as planned, and Otter blames Teddy. Poor Teddy. Before Otter can get everything quite hidden away, in walks Otter Keeper, home from work. Otter must clean up and put everything where it belongs. Soon, it is time for bed, but where is Teddy? Otter searches everywhere to no avail. He was awfully mean to Teddy. Maybe Teddy ran away?

Garton’s illustrations are wonderfully expressive and humorous. Children will giggle at Otter’s interactions with his toys as he opens his toast restaurant, and parents will get a kick out of all of Otter’s creatively written signs, not to mention the MESS!

It does end “happily ever after,” as Otter and Teddy are reunited, but that doesn’t mean that Otter has learned to stop playing “the blame game.” This may be a good way to approach similar sibling interactions. I know my kids could stand to hear this lesson again… in story form, at least!

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Alyssa Katanic is a wife and homeschooling mother of 7 children under 11 years old. She loves reading and collecting great books to share with others and knows that one can never have too many!

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Balzer+Bray. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.