Otto is a mirror who lives and works at Toppers Hat Store. His job is to stand still and reflect the customers as they try on hats. This is tedious work, especially for a mirror who dreams of traveling around the world to exotic destinations. When Otto cant resist playing a joke on Mr. Toppers best customer, Curly Joe, mayhem ensues, but by a stroke of weird fate, Otto finds himself headed for a better place. The preposterous humor of Otto is taken a step further in the gleefully subversive watercolor illustrations.
Of this delectably offbeat debut, Maurice Sendak writes: Ali Bahrampour . . . has rifled through the treasure trove of American and European picture books of the last half-century and cooked up something fresh and delightful. Otto shows remarkable promise.