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Ottoline Goes to School: 08/18/10
Ottoline returns in Ottoline Goes to School by Chris Riddell. In keeping with my accidental trend of reading sequels first, I read this book before Ottoline and the Yellow Cat.
The book pretty much stands alone although I was left wondering why Ottoline has a bear for a friend. In this book Ottoline decides she needs to go to school because that's what children do.
Ottoline is picked up in a bus where she rides with other extraordinary children (the son of the invisible man, for instance) and their pets. Ottoline, of course, brings along Mr. Munroe. He's supposed to be another student but he gets relegated to the stalls with the pets.
As with Ottoline and the Yellow Cat, there's a mystery. This time it involves a haunting at the school and the disappearance of certain items from the students.
Ottoline's school for me was the antidote to Hogworts. Sure it has points in common: ghosts, uniforms, secret passageways, magical creatures but it strikes me as a much happier place. There isn't some unspeakable big bad waiting in the wings to take out Ottoline and her friends; it's just a school.
Like the previous book, the pages are illustration heavy. I would consider this book a graphic novel hybrid.
I checked the book out from my library but I would love to own a copy some day.