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.

Literary Titan

Otto: The Not-So-Little Giant
Posted by Literary_Titan
"A seven-year-old boy lives in the village of Biggersville. This is a village of giants. The problem is he has stopped growing. Little Otto is much smaller than the rest of his classmates and family. He wants desperately to be bigger like everyone else to fit in. One day his best friend ends up in trouble, and it turns out that his small size is the one thing that can help her out of her predicament. Can being different be a good thing after all?

Otto: The Not-So-Little Giant is a wonderful children's book exploring a common fear among children. They fear being different and standing out among their friends and peers. It is hard when you are different and not like the other kids in class, and Otto struggles to find where he fits in. However, the message of acceptance and love from his parents is apparent and heartwarming. He has one genuine friend who stands up for him no matter what and doesn't care that he is much smaller than her. This shows kids that there are good people out there that will like them for who they are.

Author David Mulholland gives Otto a great personality, and, despite his desire to be bigger, he is a great kid with a big heart that wants to be helpful to his parents and friends. I feel this showcases that even if you are smaller or different, you can still make a big difference in the lives of the people around you.

Otto: The Not-So-Little Giant is a well-crafted children's story that is perfect for early elementary students and their families. I can see this making an excellent story for out loud reading to a class or in a library. It will take children on an exciting adventure and teach them the value of self-esteem and friendship." - Literary Titan

Bob Billbrough

Gave each of my great nieces (ages 4 and 5 years old) , a copy of "Otto: The Not-So-Little Giant", for Christmas. They both adore this wonderful book! It has, quickly, become a favorite bedtime story for both of them. I should point out that my great nieces are cousins and "Otto..." has become, separately, their book of choice.
"Otto..." is a charming story with life lessons about being different, true friendship, and adventure.
Both of them love books and I couldn't be more delighted that, "Otto: The Not-So-Little Giant" is their new favorite book.

David Mulholland

So thrilled to have been awarded Readers' Favorite 2023 Silver Medal for Children - General. Such an honor to be included with so many wonderful authors writing for children.


Such a cute book to help kids who may have different abilities realize there's nothing wrong with that. In the storyline, Otto is trying everything he can to be a bigger giant but in the end, he was able to help his friend because he was not a big giant like the others. Recommend this book for anyone who has a child or grandchild that struggles with being different. They just need to understand their difference is a purpose, they may not know it yet.


5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful story about friendship, love, and walking in confidence.

This is such a beautiful story of a little boy who is uniquely different from his peers and feels isolation as a result. It's a book about love, compassion, friendship, and walking in confidence despite your difference, and I love how the author ties it all together at the end. I highly recommend this book for elementary school children who either lack confidence due to their own uniqueness, or who tend to isolate their peers as a result of their peers differences. It's an all around great read.