Giveaway: Children’s Book Otter and Odder 2/7


Otter and Odder is a children’s book by author James Howe for ages 6 -10. It’s a love story for kids just in time Valentine’s Day! One Moms Own Words reader will win a copy of Otter and Odder!

Otter and Odder Children’s Book Review

My kids are in third grade and fifth grade, and sadly, I find that I am reading out loud to them less and less. Ryan (3rd) has to read on his own for 15 minutes every night and write a response for school and James is currently reading his own books. When an opportunity arises for me to share an appropriate children’s book with them (and with you!) I take it.

Here I am, a few days ago, reading Otter and Odder to the kid’s at breakfast. As you can see, Ryan enjoyed it, while James (whose a bit too old for this kind of stuff) just listened as he ate breakfast.


Since Ryan didn’t do his reading response the night before, he wrote it based on this story. Here is what he wrote –

Otter fell in love with a fish. Other animals were saying it is not natural to love your food source that is named Myrtle.  So they broke up. The beaver made otter realize that there is the way of the otter and there is the way of the heart.

His teacher responded with a smiley face and “cute story.” I thought so too. The water color illustrations are great as well as the story and message of the book.

About Otter and Odder

The day Otter found love, he wasn’t looking for it. He was looking for dinner. But then he gazed into the round, sweet, glistening eyes of Myrtle the fish, and he knew. “Impossible,” he said. “I am in love with my food source.” As for Myrtle, her first desire was: Please don’t eat me. But soon her heart awakened to a future she could never have imagined. The inseparable duo played hide-and-seek and told each other stories, but everyone said that was not the way of the otter. Could their love (and Myrtle) possibly survive? Aided by Chris Raschka’s illustrations in a fresh faux-naïf style, James Howe tells a warm, witty tale about finding kindred spirits in the oddest of places-and having the good sense to keep them.

When an otter falls in love with a fish, can he dare to follow his heart? A delicious ode to nonconformity from a stellar picture-book pair.
suggested retail price (U.S./CAN): $14.00 / $17.00

  • isbn-10/isbn:-13:076364174X / 9780763641740
  • on sale date: 10/2012
  • type/format: Picture book / Hard Cover
  • age range: 6 yrs – 10 yrs
  • # of pages/size: 40 / 7 7/8 x 8 11/16
  • grade range: Grade 1 – Grade 5

About the Author

James Howe is the acclaimed and beloved author of scores of books for young readers, including BRONTORINA, illustrated by Randy Cecil; the E. B. White Read Aloud Award-winning HOUNDSLEY AND CATINA and its sequels, illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay; and THE MISFITS, the book that inspired national No Name-Calling Week. James Howe lives in New York State.

Buy It

Otter and Odder is available at and online for a suggested retail price of $14.00. Click here to purchase.

Giveaway: Children’s Book Otter and Odder

One Moms Own Words reader will win a copy of Otter and Odder!

Giveaway ends on Feb. 7th, 11:59 PM EST. Open to US. Winners will be chosen by through PromoSimple and contacted by email. Please respond in 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen. To be fair to everyone, comments not meeting requirements will be deleted. Thank you for entering and good luck!!

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Kristi Maloney is a work from home mom to two boys ages 10 and 13. Since 2009, she has featured in-depth product, and book reviews and hosted high-quality, exciting giveaways on her blog Moms Own Words. When she is not blogging, you can find her working at her son’s school, or behind the wheel of her car in the roll of “taxi driver”. Email at maloney(dot)Kristi@gmail(dot)com.

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  1. Jean F. says

    The Adventures of Little Nutbrown Hare! – we’re big fans. My girls also love all things Halloween-related (any time of year) so they’d also like AlphaOops!: H is for Halloween.

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