For those of you who enjoy words of the day… here’s a fun one!
School age kids love Chapter 14 of Otis Goes to School. Midway through the chapter, Otis follows his expert olfactory tracker along the trail of the alluring scent of chicken nuggets and fresh baked cornbread. Throwing all concerns of remaining undiscovered on his Schooldays investigations, he gobbles up tasty morsels of carelessly dropped lunch crumbs and blows his own cover, much to the glorious shock of a lunchroom full of chatty children:
“The news of a dog in School had spread to the other tables, and the cafeteria cacophony had become an uproarious frenzy.”
Much of the fun of Otis Goes to School is inseparably and entertainingly mingled with the introduction of new words to young readers… exciting words, silly words, fun-to-say words, imagination-stretching words. To tell a story is one thing, but to tell it with words that catch the reader by surprise and invite them to know more–that is literature.
It is my hope that Otis Goes to School will become a part of the beautiful scores of children’s literature that seamlessly blend reading into the fabric of their personalities, and make them reach for more.