Poor Otis! There he was, a large cheerful dog with big floppy ears, happily strolling down the street when a mean dog comes along and calls him "Big Ears." This leads to a crisis of confidence during which some corrective "ear-do's" are considered, a box of "horrible peppermint cream" is consumed, and several nightmares disturb Otis's sleep. But Lucy, his best friend, saves the day. She loves him no matter what. In fact, she especially loves his "large, silky, fabulous ears." Told from the dog's point of view, this delightful story has a protagonist with an adorable face and a winning, although somewhat insecure personality. The illustrations reinforce his demeanor exactly and the scenes in which he experiments with different ear styles are filled with lots of visual humor, as he mimics the looks of several of Lucy's stuffed animals and dolls. Lucy is equally winning, a skinny young girl with flyaway braids who keeps a low profile until the end when she cuddles with him to declare her love-and save his feelings. A great choice for storytime.
Jane Marino, Scarsdale Public Library, NY
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