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[Monday Reading] Odd Couples in Love: “Otter and Odder” and “Woof”

"life is far more interesting when love is odd." - topher kearby


It's Monday! What Are You Reading

It’s Monday, What are You Reading is a meme hosted by Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers (new host of Monday reading: Kathryn T at Book Date). Since two of our friends, Linda from Teacher Dance and Tara from A Teaching Life have been joining this meme for quite awhile now, we thought of joining this warm and inviting community.

fall in love
with a weird one
—someone not quite right
in the head—
life is far more interesting
when love is odd.”

—topher kearby

Love comes when you least expect it. Someone said that the best relationships are the ones we never saw coming. Allow these picture books to show you just that.

mr0129aOtter and Odder

Written by James Howe
Illustrated by Chris Raschka
Published by Candlewick Press (2012)
ISBN10: 076364174X
ISBN13: 9780763641740
Copy provided by Wayne County Public Library.

The day Otter finds love, he is not looking for it. He is looking for dinner. But when he gazes into the round, sweet, glistening eyes of Myrtle the fish, Otter knows instantly what has happened…

This is probably one of the most charming picture books I’ve read this year. Otter and Odder follows the story of Otter who fell in love with his food source, a fish called Myrtle. (It was actually “Gurgle” but Otter had water in his ears and heard it as “Myrtle” instead.) Otter’s friends from the banks and beyond thought that Otter had lost his mind. It wasn’t right. It wasn’t natural. It certainly wasn’t the way of the otter.

In a perfect world, predator and prey would fall in love and have a happy ending. But it is not a perfect world. Through Otter and Myrtle (er, Gurgle), James Howe and Chris Raschka show us just how complicated love can be. And sometimes, as Otter learns, it takes a great deal of courage (and sacrifice!) to follow the way of the heart.


Written by Sarah Weeks
Illustrated by Holly Berry
Published by Laura Geringer Books (2009)
ISBN10: 0060250070
ISBN13: 9780060250072
Copy provided by Hudson Library & Historical Society.

A dog is a dog and a cat is a cat. And most of the time it’s as simple as that… Or is it? What’s a dog to do when he falls in love with the cat next door?

On a lovely Spring day, a dog was out and about when his gaze fell upon a cat. His heart thumped so hard in his chest that he needed to lie down for bit. His beating heart could not take it anymore so he declared his love for the cat (who climbed up a tree).

He said every flowery wallpaper word,
But woof, woof, woof, woof, woof, woof, woof, woof’s what she heard.

The dog finally gave up. He left with a broken heart. But love works in mysterious ways. Dog finally figured out how to make cat understand him somehow. Can you guess what that is?

Woof is the perfect companion for Otter and Odder. The playful verses in the book make for a good read-aloud story. (I read this book with the rhyming scheme of the Madeline books in my head. Fun!)

Books I Finished Reading

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These were the top three choices in a global vote to find out the world’s favorite Agatha Christie books in celebration of her 125th birthday. I enjoyed them tremendously. Different stories, different narrative techniques, all fantastic mystery novels.

Books I’m Currently Reading

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I started reading Sue Grafton’s Alphabet Series yesterday. Let’s see how it goes.

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11 comments on “[Monday Reading] Odd Couples in Love: “Otter and Odder” and “Woof”

  1. Both of these sound charming and perfect for reading around Valentine’s Day.


  2. They both sound just perfect, Fats. My daughter’s young dog and one of her cats do love each other, hang out together all the time! And there was a time I read the mysteries. Both Christie and Grafton create good, good stories!


  3. Sarah Sammis

    Woof looks cute. Come see what I’m reading.


  4. A Million Junes sounds like a great read and A is for Albi has been on my list for years. Hope you enjoy them! Come see what I’m reading 🙂


  5. Both of these love stories look delightful! I”ve added Something Like Happy to my reading list.


  6. Aww, what cute picture books!


  7. Those are great Christie reads. Such twisty whodunits!


  8. The cover of A Million Junes. It’s magnificent!


  9. Thanks for the look at two picture books. And I’m glad you enjoyed the Agatha Christie’s. My book club does a January movie night, and this year we rented two versions of Murder on the Orient Express (and most of us saw the latest one in the theater) and it was fun to see what each did with the text.


  10. 15andmeowing

    Woof A Love Story looks adorable.


  11. crbrunelle

    Otter & Odder looks really fun.


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