Otto: The Not-So-Little Giant

Children - Concept
24 Pages
Reviewed on 12/17/2022
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Author Biography

Award winning author David Mulholland has been a professional actor for over 40 years on stage and in film and television. As a playwright, he has had several of his plays produced and performed. Most notably "Only a Girl", co-written with Jen Faith Brown, which has toured the East Coast of the United States.
Over the years, one of his greatest joys has been when he has had the opportunity to perform in original musical adaptations designed for younger audiences and children. When theaters closed in 2020 due to the pandemic,the desire to continue to reach out to young audiences led David in a new direction. "Otto The Not-So-Little Giant" was born from that desire and is his first children's book! David is looking forward to continuing the adventures of Otto and Lizzie with further books in the works. David resides in beautiful Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Philip Van Heusen for Readers' Favorite

Are you different? Do you have a child that does not seem to fit in? Many people struggle with a part of themselves that is not like everyone else. David Mulholland, in Otto: The Not-So-Little Giant, tackles the struggles those who are different endure. Otto lives in a land populated by giants, but he is not large like all the other giants. Being different causes issues like being bullied or having fun made of you. Otto has a great friend named Lizzie. Lizzie is a normal giant but accepts Otto just as he is. They have enjoyable adventures together. While everyone else calls him little Otto, Lizzie calls him Otto. Otto’s dad reminds him that he is special, not different. Can Otto, the smallest giant ever, do anything to help the regular giants? Read and learn how Otto’s small size made him a giant hero.

Otto’s mom, Gertie, reminds her son, 'you are perfect just the way you are.' Everyone needs to hear this wisdom and pay attention to it. If we constantly seek to be something or someone we are not, we will live a life of disappointment. Otto: The Not-So-Little Giant by David Mulholland teaches children to accept themselves for themselves. This is a vital lesson for children to learn. Otto learns that being a giant is so much more than being big. He realizes that what is important is what you do each day and what you do for others. Several concerns are addressed to help children learn to cope and thrive. One has to do with bullying; Otto knows not to retaliate at being bullied. Also, children reading this book learn to accept themselves. Acceptance should not depend on being alike. We are each different, and that is what makes us special.