Otis Dooda: Strange but True by Ellen Potter

14 Oct

otisdoodaOtis Dooda: Strange but True

Written by Ellen Potter

Illustrated by David Heatley

Soundtrack by David Heatley

225 pages – ages 7+

Published by Feiwel & Friends on June 4, 2013

Otis Dooda and his family have moved from the small town of Hog’s Head, to the big city of New York.  They live on the top floor of Tidwell Towers, neighboring a girl whose bedroom is on the ceiling, a boy who has a rare “French Gerbil Hound” (It’s really a miniature horse/pony, but the apartment doesn’t take horses, but it takes dogs), and some weird old lady. And it doesn’t help that there is some strange lady named “Ms. Yabby” who writes news that goes on in the Towers, called the Tidwell Tidbits – and, the fact is, most of it isn’t true, just rumors and gossip. That’s a problem, especially when it targets a new family in the Towers… The Doodas! And, apparently, Otis is cursed by a guy hiding in a potted plant, saying that Otis will break all of his bones before the next full-moon. Otis finds out that the weird potted plant guy’s predictions ALWAYS come true. What can a kid do?

I will say that I am a fan of Ellen Potter. I have read Spilling Ink and Slob. Ms. Potter didn’t disappoint me with Otis Dooda! It is a hilarious book! I really like the unrealistic (but possible) things that happen – it actually makes the story even more hilarious! I like the cannon that shoots you into a giant vat of marshmallow fluff, and Peaches (the horse/dog/rodent 🙂 ). The illustrations are pretty funny, realistic, and they are incorporated into the text, similar to  Diary of a Wimpy Kid, or Big Nate. The illustration style of the book makes it more fun to read. Otis Dooda is great character and I LOVED reading about him. He makes some really dumb decisions in the book (but what kid doesn’t) that leads to hilarious outcomes! This is a great story that is guaranteed to make young boys (and girls) laugh out loud (I’m a BIG boy, and I sure laughed out loud! 😀 )! I am already waiting for Book 2 (which is titled Otis Dooda: Downright Dangerous and due out March 2014)!

I give this book 5 out of 5 bookworms!fivebooks

BONUS!  Did I mention that there is also a soundtrack for the book, which you can find HERE? Yes you heard me right! A book with its own sound track! It’s pretty good and VERY silly! Kids will love it! The soundtrack is written and performed by the very talented David Heatley (who also illustrated the book). It is based on the book and the 16-songs in the soundtrack go well with the story. I especially like the “Poodles of Mass Destruction” song. My sister liked paging through the book while the songs were playing and finding which parts of the book the song was about. The theme song is very catchy. In fact my sister and I sang the “Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo Dooda” for two days straight (then my dad started singing Surfin’ USA and we all agreed to just stop). You can hear samples of the soundtrack HERE!

Visit the Otis Dooda website HERE!

Check out the cool trailer for the book!

30 Responses to “Otis Dooda: Strange but True by Ellen Potter”

  1. Michelle Isenhoff October 14, 2013 at 9:44 am #

    This is a hoot! And I love the wacky soundtrack. I’ve never seen that before. I think I found the next book I’m going to read aloud with my boys for homeschool. 🙂


  2. Angela Brown October 14, 2013 at 9:45 am #

    Sounds like a fun and silly read worth checking out. Thanks 🙂


  3. julie rowan zoch October 14, 2013 at 11:31 am #

    LOVE that trailer! French gerbil hound!!!!Hahahaha! Definitely want to read this!!!


  4. ontheplumtree October 14, 2013 at 2:10 pm #

    I think children have a bizarre sense of humour, which this author seems to capture!


  5. readingwithrhythm October 14, 2013 at 2:18 pm #

    Great name! Dooda! Pretty bizarre kid and book and trailer. I like bizarre. I’ll have to check this one out.


  6. Patricia Tilton October 14, 2013 at 3:03 pm #

    I’m sure this will be a hit with kids. The trailer is hilarious, although I wasn’t quite sure what the story line was at first. Love the play on names. Quirky and funny is in! Great review.


  7. Catherine Johnson October 14, 2013 at 5:12 pm #

    Sounds right up my street Erik :0)


  8. Barbara October 14, 2013 at 10:35 pm #

    Sounds great Erik! The goofier and funnier the better:)


  9. Darlene October 14, 2013 at 10:41 pm #

    I can see why you like this one! With all the lego, great soundtrack and illustrations it would interest most kids.


  10. jama October 14, 2013 at 10:42 pm #

    Sounds like a hoot! I enjoyed Ellen’s book Pish Posh and can’t wait to read this one. Who could resist a character named Otis Dooda?


  11. Stephanie@Fairday's Blog October 14, 2013 at 10:43 pm #

    This sounds like a lot of fun! Great trailer! I haven’t read anything by this author yet, but I will have to read one soon. 🙂


  12. Pragmaticmom October 16, 2013 at 5:48 pm #

    My son (8 at the time) and I loved this book. It really made us laugh! A lot!!


  13. Myra GB November 7, 2013 at 6:44 pm #

    Otis Dooda sounds like someone I’d want to know more about. And it comes with its own soundtrack, how cool is that! 🙂


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