Ottoline and the Purple Fox

Ottoline and the Purple Fox

Ottoline and the Purple Fox
Chris Riddell

Macmillan Children's Books

ISBN 9781447277927

Ottoline is back in Ottoline and the Purple Fox, a brand new adventure from Children's Laureate, Chris Riddell. Ottoline and Mr Munroe love puzzles, clues and mysteries. One day, they meet an enigmatic purple fox, who offers to take them on a night-time urban safari. The fox shows them all the hidden animals of the city and Ottoline makes notes on them in her field notebook. Mr Munroe is making notes too - on the anonymous poems he finds stuck to lampposts on their journey. Who is the secretive poet, and how can he and Ottoline help them mend their broken heart?

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Ottoline and the Purple Fox5/5

Ottoline and the Purple Fox

Chris Riddell

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Ottoline Brown and her companion, Mr Munroe, are having a dinner party and all their old friends, plus some new ones, are coming. While Ottoline's parents away on their mission as Roving Collectors, she stays at home, taking care of all the unusual and rare objects that they send back. This is a big task, but she has help from all sorts of people who come to Apartment 243 every day, from the meal delivery service to the clothes folding company and the door handle shiners. As well as looking after the collection, Ottoline and Mr Munroe, who is small, hairy and from a bog in Norway, have all sorts of adventures together around the city. A chance meeting with the mysterious Purple Fox sees them embark on an urban safari, learning all about the animals that live nearby. As they journey, they come across anonymous love poems stuck to lampposts across the city. Can they discover who the melancholy poet is and help mend their broken heart? With the return of Ottoline after five years, fans, and those new to the series, will enjoy this quirky, imaginative tale of fun and friendship. Chris Riddell's distinctive style includes lots of visual jokes, puns and references for readers to pick up. The black and white line illustrations are enlivened with purple highlights in a small format hardback which has great shelf appeal. Ottoline, and Chris Riddell's other creation, Goth Girl, are very popular [certainly in my school!], with readers of around eight years upwards. Entertaining and humorous, they are books in which the pictures are integral to the text, in a sophisticated read. 192 pages / Ages 8+ / Reviewed by Jayne Gould, librarian.

Reviewed by: Jayne Gould