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Book Review: Otto Grows Down by Michael Sussman

Author: Michael Sussman

What would it be like if time went backwards? One unlucky little boy is about to find out!

Otto has just one birthday wish: that his new baby sister Anna had never been born. And it comes true when the days suddenly start moving in reverse. But now, instead of growing up, Otto’s growing DOWN. He’s getting younger every minute and in danger of disappearing entirely. Can he turn things around before it’s too late-for Anna and himself?

Brilliant illustrations by the fabulous Scott Magoon capture all the fun of this whimsical tale.

Otto Grows Down challenges children to think in new ways as they imagine life in reverse, and helps them cope with the difficult feelings entailed in sharing the spotlight with a new sibling.

Otto Grows Down
Sterling, February 3, 2009
Illustrated by Scott Magoon
Picture Book
Ages 4-8
32 pages

About the Author

“!emit sdrawkcab ni kcuts llits m’I, ottO ekilnU !pleH” Michael Sussman is a clinical psychologist, writer, and musician. He lives in reverse – in notsoB – with his son, Oliver Quinn. This is his first picture book.

Web Site

For more information about Jim, please see www.jimwhiting.com. To inquire about availability of specific titles or to send a comment, write him at jimruns3@gmail.com.


Christine Crosby

About the author

Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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