Chris Riddell has a style of his own, which is very recognizable and easy to like. His drawings have infinite number of peculiar and funny details to inspect. There’s not much sense in this story, but the interaction between text and illustrations keeps the reader hooked.
Author: Chris Riddell
Publisher: Gummerus Kustannus Oy 2017, Finland (the Finnish edition)
Category: childrens’ fiction
Original language: English
Ottoline Brown is a young girl, whose parents travel extensively hunting keepsakes for their weird collections. While the parents are gone Ottoline keeps company with Mr Munroe, a strange creature from a bog in Norway. Ottoline loves to solve mysteries and one is now right in front of her nose as several lap dogs disappear without a trace. And not just lap dogs, but all kinds of valuables. Ottoline and Mr Munroe put their heads together to solve the mystery.
The story is hilarious, yet there is a sad undertone – Ottolines non-present parents pop up every now and then in the form of postcards they sent to Ottoline, which she is always happy to receive. But it is obvious she misses them and browsing through an album of old postcards is a lousy substitute for the real thing.