Otto is a lumbering, sweet-natured elephant who can’t forget his childhood chum Georgie, a smiley-faced chimpanzee who was abducted and shipped away from their forest home by the mysterious and sinister Man with the Wooden Nose. Accompanied by a wisecracking but protective parrot named Crackers, Otto decides to hop a plane and look for Georgie in America. But once they hit the wild streets of the concrete jungle, Otto and Crackers court trouble at every turn -- even becoming unwittingly involved in the seedy alligator underworld dominating the city sewers. And little do these out-of-place out-of-towners realize that they, too, are being doggedly pursued across the city -- by the local police! Will the authorities catch Otto and Crackers? Will Otto and Crackers find Georgie? Who is the Man with the Wooden Nose? And what’s an elephant doing sporting a trenchcoat and fedora?
Bill Slavin is an award-winning children’s book illustrator with over 50 books to his credit. His works include Stanley’s Party and The Bear on the Bed. He lives in Millbrook, Ontario.
Bill Slavin brings his trademark humour and lively illustrations to this lighthearted romp.—Quill & Quire
Not for every reader, but fans of comics reminiscent of simpler times will certainly enjoy this.—Kirkus Reviews
Drawn in a colorful cartoon style, with plenty of corny jokes and visual gags, this is a gentle, humorous adventure that children should enjoy.—School Library Journal