Otto the squirrel is perfectly content living by himself in his treehouse in the forest, when a small creature, Pio, arrives on his doorstep, looking for his mother, and Otto invites him in. Pio eats all the hazelnuts, takes up the entire bed, and just gets bigger and bigger! Though Otto worries he may not be very good at caring for a little creature, Pio is very happy. Otto and Pio is a heartwarming tale about finding love and family when it is expected least and needed most.
Marianne Dubuc is an award-winning author and illustrator of many picture books, including The Lion and the Bird, Up the Mountain Path, and Mr. Postmouse's Rounds. Her books have been translated into twenty-five languages. She lives in Montreal, where she joyfully divides her time between her artwork and her family.
In this quiet story by Dubuc (Up the Mountain Path), the unidentified creature who appears in front of squirrel Otto's tree trunk dwelling isn't just uninvited, he's inconvenient... Slowly, Otto realizes that Pio is generous and helpful. And when Pio rescues him from a frightening predator, he decides that it might be worth making room to accommodate his new friend. Dubuc doesn't insist that readers warm right up to new or strange situations. It takes a long time, sometimes, for creatures to learn to love each other.
- Publishers Weekly Starred Review
" The pacing and feelings ring true in this heartwarming depiction of someone accustomed to being the center of his universe but who responds to the impulse of hospitality and friendship."
- Kirkus Reviews