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Author: Jay Lynch

Illustrator: Frank Cammuso

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Publisher: Little Lit Library, a Division of RAW Junior, LLC,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Otto love orange. Not red, not blue, orange. When he receives an orange lamp from his Aunt, a genie is inside. The genie will grant him one wish, and Otto knows exactly what he wants. But after everything is turned orange, he isn't so sure he likes it. When the genie won't undo his wish, Otto starts to worry. Will the world be orange forever? This is an easy reader in graphic novel format.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, anytime reading, family reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 7; read yourself: 5 to 8

Interest Level: 5 to 8

Reading Level: 1.6

Age of Child: Read by a 7-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: On a recent trip to the library, our daughter picked this book from the shelf. When we got home, she immediately started to read it, not waiting for us to share it with her. She has picked it as a bedtime book for two weeks now, and insists on being the reader!

Adult Reader Reaction: We were amazed at how quickly our daughter took to this book. She has spent hours looking at the illustrations and re-reading the story. Even though the plot is somewhat predictable, the author has freshened up the genie and "three wishes" elements and added a twist. The result is a clever story that kids will relate to and will engage them in reading themselves.

Pros: Bright illustrations may capture a young reader's eye, but it's the timeless story and words that let him read independently that will get kids hooked on this book.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. The TOON Books are an excellent easy reader series. They help your child learn to read with stories kids will want to enjoy over and over again.


Educational Themes: These graphic novels embed lots of learning and reading practice into well-developed stories. The books have "meat," and will engage kids in reading for themselves. Otto is an endearing cat, and his encounter with the genie can offer lots of things to talk about: honesty, problem solving, being careful what you wish for, etc.

Notes: Flesch Kincaid reading level 1.6

Literary Categories: Fiction - adventure, easy reader series, graphic novel, fairy tale

Date(s) Reviewed: December 2008

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