Otto The Boy Who Loved Cars
Shift Your Perception
Otto loves cars more than anything else in the world. But that begins to change when he awakes one morning to find that he has somehow turned into a car. Otto soon realizes that there is a downside to actually becoming his favorite thing. Will Otto ever be able to switch gears and go back to being a boy?
Written by Kara and illustrated by me — the pit crew who brought you the fin-tastic Ugly Fish and perennial favorite, Rabbit & Squirrel — Otto is more than a routine traffic stop, it’s life in the fast lane!
“Otto, as is only fitting, is in love with autos—obnoxiously so. He's even a little bullying about the topic. No food unless it can be referenced to cars, no playing in the school playground unless is has to do with cars. As for a bedtime story: “I don’t want to hear it unless it’s about cars.” . . . LaReau plays the obsessive card closely and well: Otto is selfish in his obsession, but, on a note of hope, he is capable of change when the time is right. It helps that Magoon’s elastic, cartoony artwork can easily shift from little devil to little boy in a flash. Maybe monomaniacal preschool readers will take the hint, too.” —Kirkus Reviews
Behind the Scenes
Here are some sketches I created while working on Otto...: