Otis Grows by Kathryn Hast

Otis Grows is one of my favorite new books on the market. Explaining certain issues to children can be difficult, but Kathryn Hast really tackled a hard-to-explain issue with Otis Grows. Otis Grows explores the issues of family conflict. This book did a wonderful job of understanding what happens when mom and dad don’t get along, which is a growing issue for children these days. This book also covered the issue of children not fitting in. I really love how Kathryn Hast covered such dark topics with adorable illustrations and super fun characters. Some of the unique characters included Otis (the son of a chicken and a flower), The NUH-UHS (Otis’ mother), and The YES-CHUMS (Otis’ father). In my opinion this is a must-read for children of all ages, and I can’t wait to see what kind of issues Kathryn Hast covers in her next children’s book.

Book Excerpt: Young Otis is forced to question his origin and allegiances, given that his mom, a yellow chicken, is part of the Nuh-Uhs, and his dad, a blue flower, stems from the Yes-Chums. Struggling to find answers, Otis runs away, only to encounter more colors (and cultures) than he could ever imagine, including a giant portrait full of possibilities.

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  1. Thanks to all of you for providing such encouraging feedback. I’m the author, and although Jessica informed me back in March about this lovely review, I didn’t realize until today that so many of you expressed interest. I encourage you to check out http://www.lujubooks.com (if only for the free coloring pages you can download!). You can also find discussion questions there, and a links to my social media. On April 14th, we’re setting up a giveaway for 15 signed copies of the Otis Grows through Goodreads.

    You all sound like such compassionate, kind people. I’m truly touched you took an interest in my book.

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  2. Books like this are rare and it’s awesome that Kathryn Hast has chosen a topic like this. It’s sensitive, yes, but it will definitely help parents make their kids understand the situation better.

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  3. It seems like a book that’s perfect for the times that we’re facing now. It’s really nice that authors are now choosing to discuss this on a level that kids will understand.

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