Otto in the City



ISBN: 9781849761673 Categories: ,

Tom Schamp


Otto, a young cat, and his father spot some weird and wonderful sights as they drive through the village, around the traffic circle, along the highway, and into the dazzling heart of the city. Here is a bus carrying a school of fish, Santa’s reindeer at the shopping mall, and mice racing pen- and pencil-shaped cars! This wonderfully boisterous book, from renowned Belgian illustrator Tom Schamp, can be read from front to back and then, after being turned upside down, read again from back to front! The sturdy cardboard pages make it perfect for children to follow along the road themselves with their own toy cars! Children and parents alike will delight in Schamp’s highly detailed illustrations filled with clever references and visual jokes. Taking in a cross-cultural mix of city sights, Otto in the City is a charming celebration of metropolitan life and the personalities who inhabit it.

Praise for Otto in the City
“Urban oddities aplenty, spiffily presented in a format large enough to spread out on the floor for group viewing.”
–Kirkus Reviews

“Belgian artist Schamp makes the most of this board book’s generous dimensions, plotting out a busy drive into the city for a cat named Otto and his father, then providing an equally eventful return trip by having readers turn the book around and work their way back to the beginning.”
–Publishers Weekly

Additional information

Weight 1059 g
Dimensions 26.4 x 34.6 cm
Publisher name Tate Publishing
Publication date 1 October 2013
Number of pages 32
Format Board book
Dimensions 26.4 x 34.6 cm
Weight 1059 g


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Tom Schamp is a renowned Belgian illustrator with a distinctive style. He has illustrated over 20 books for children and also works on magazines, newspapers, toys, posters, stamps, calendars, and album covers. Schamp has twice been awarded the Boekenpauw Award, an annual Flemish prize for the most beautifully illustrated children's book of the year. This is his first book published in English.