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Ottoline At Sea: 06/05/13

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Ottoline At Sea by Chris Riddell is the third of the Ottoline books. As of writing this review, it's also the last of the books. To fully appreciate the story, one needs a pair of bog goggles to follow Mr. Munroe as he heads back to the Norway bogs.

Ottoline and Mr. Munroe are once again home alone. Munroe, though, for reasons not made immediately apparent (to Ottoline, at least), gets the urge to go home. It all starts when he puts on a pair of newly delivered bog googles. Ottoline, worried for her friend, is hot on the trail with the help of the laundry stealing bear.

The Bog Goggles are special glasses that come in the back of the book. Putting them on reveals hidden artwork — clues that Mr. Munroe is following on his way home. For adult readers, I must recommend, not trying them out while drunk — they don't work. Although if you're drunk enough you'll see the hidden images without them (but won't be able read the text).

Thematically the book reminds me of the wonderful memoir, Attention All Shipping by Charlie Connelly. Maybe it's all the rain and boggy goodness.

Five stars

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