Otto Tattercoat and the Forest of Lost Things
Otto Tattercoat and the Forest of Lost Things

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Annotation: From a masterful storyteller comes an adventure filled with magic and mischief, courage and family. Perfect for fans of ... more
Catalog Number: #219716
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Penguin
Copyright Date: 2020
Edition Date: 2020
Pages: 256
Availability: Available
New Title: Yes
ISBN: Publisher: 0-525-51527-5 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-8416-9
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-525-51527-2 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-8416-0
Dewey: Fic
Language: English
Reviews:
Kirkus Reviews
When Otto’s mother disappears shortly after the pair arrives in Hodeldorf—“the coldest city in the world”—Otto meets an orphaned girl named Nim, and a series of adventures ensues.The book evokes the worlds of Roald Dahl, Neil Gaiman, and traditional fairy tales. The third-person narrative meanders gracefully among the points of view of an omniscient narrator, Otto, and Nim. Naïve, kindhearted Otto is easily duped into servitude in the boot-polish factory of villainous Frau Ferber. Nim, motivated by guilt from an earlier encounter with Otto, manages to rescue him—and Otto expands his goal of finding his mother to rescuing all of Frau Ferber’s child labor force. Nim helps Otto join the tattercoats, a band of homeless children with a strict code of honor. Two of its five rules state that they must steal only what they need and that no one may possess more than one coat—despite the atrocious cold that forces them to sleep near people’s chimneys. Other than two brief, death-from-freezing descriptions, threatened dangers are frequent but violence rare; baddies meet imaginative but nonfatal justice. A misunderstood ex-tattercoat named Blink, a rat named Nibbles, and numerous forest denizens add humor and/or menace to an already engrossing tale. The light tone assures young readers that good will prevail over bad and that sometimes people just have to venture into the woods. All characters seem to be white.Both charming and wise. (Fantasy. 8-11)
Publishers Weekly
After Otto-s father dies, he and his seamstress mother move to Hodeldorf, -the coldest city in the world,- planning to sell coats for a living. The city-s temperatures have been dropping for 50 years, and the streets are filled with tattercoats: children who sleep on rooftops, steal to survive, and live by the five rules of the honorable Tattercode (-Rule 5-You must only own one coat at a time-). When his mother disappears, Otto finds himself toiling to meet quotas at profit-obsessed Frau Ferber-s Boot Polish Factory, where the town-s other lone children are housed in exchange for grueling work. Assisted by tattercoat Nim, Otto escapes, joining the tattercoats- number before setting off on a journey, through -wolves and witches and never-ending woods,- to find his mother. Woods (The Girl Who Sailed the Stars) fills her tale with vivid settings-a Dickensian atmosphere, a fairyland forest-and touching teamwork, and Otto-s fortitude makes for a winning read. Ages 8-12. (June)

Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
When Otto’s mother disappears shortly after the pair arrives in Hodeldorf—“the coldest city in the world”—Otto meets an orphaned girl named Nim, and a series of adventures ensues.The book evokes the worlds of Roald Dahl, Neil Gaiman, and traditional fairy tales. The third-person narrative meanders gracefully among the points of view of an omniscient narrator, Otto, and Nim. Naïve, kindhearted Otto is easily duped into servitude in the boot-polish factory of villainous Frau Ferber. Nim, motivated by guilt from an earlier encounter with Otto, manages to rescue him—and Otto expands his goal of finding his mother to rescuing all of Frau Ferber’s child labor force. Nim helps Otto join the tattercoats, a band of homeless children with a strict code of honor. Two of its five rules state that they must steal only what they need and that no one may possess more than one coat—despite the atrocious cold that forces them to sleep near people’s chimneys. Other than two brief, death-from-freezing descriptions, threatened dangers are frequent but violence rare; baddies meet imaginative but nonfatal justice. A misunderstood ex-tattercoat named Blink, a rat named Nibbles, and numerous forest denizens add humor and/or menace to an already engrossing tale. The light tone assures young readers that good will prevail over bad and that sometimes people just have to venture into the woods. All characters seem to be white.Both charming and wise. (Fantasy. 8-11)
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Publishers Weekly
Reading Level: 3.0
Interest Level: 2-5

From a masterful storyteller comes an adventure filled with magic and mischief, courage and family. Perfect for fans of The Penderwicks and the Brothers Grimm fairy tales.

In the city of Hodorf, the Tattercoats live by a strict code. Only steal what you need, don't leave a trace of yourself behind, and if another Tattercoat is in trouble, you must always help them out. These are the rules that guide Nim's life as she and her rat, Nibbles, live on the streets and the rooftops of the only place she's ever called home. So when a new boy named Otto comes to town and gets caught up in the devious plottings of a former Tattercoat who's fallen from grace, Nim takes it upon herself to come to Otto's rescue.

But Otto isn't the only one who needs help: The days in Hodorf have been growing progressively shorter and darker since the legendary sundragons went extinct. The air is getting colder, hope is waning, and it won't be long until the freeze grows so bone-deep that the chimneys the Tattercoats use for warmth at night will no longer suffice. With things growing more dire, Nim sets off into the murky woods surrounding the city, searching for Otto--and for answers.

With this story of magic, wonder, adventure, and smarts, Matilda firmly establishes herself as a powerful voice in the middle-grade space.

Praise for Otto Tattercoat and the Forest of Lost Things:

* "An engrossing tale...Both charming and wise." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Woods fills her tale with vivid settings--a Dickensian atmosphere, a fairyland forest--and touching teamwork, and Otto's fortitude makes for a winning read." --Publishers Weekly

"[A] frosty tale of magic and bravery." --Booklist


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