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David Mulholland Author Interview

Otto: The Not-So-Little Giant follows a young boy who lives in a village of giants, but he is much smaller than the rest of the giants and wishes he could be bigger. What was the inspiration for your story?

After years of working with and performing for young children, I began to see how they start to identify themselves by their “differences” and how that often makes them feel like they do not fit in with their peers or the world in general. It can be anything from being “too short” or “too tall” or “too skinny” or “too heavy” or having to wear eyeglasses or discovering their sexual orientation….mostly things they have no control over. This leaves them feeling “small” and with a sense of not belonging. I was inspired to remind little ones that those things that create these insecurities are actually what makes them unique and special and can be viewed as strengths. And I wanted to tell it in a way that was fun and exciting and in a positive way.

Otto starts off being picked on and has low self-esteem but grows to appreciate his differences. What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?

When faced with his insecurities, Otto is fortunate enough to have loving and supportive parents and a best friend Lizzie who does not see his “difference” and celebrates each day with him. He is taught to never give up. That anything he wants to achieve is his for the taking. When he is faced with a real-life emergency and discovers that what makes him “different” is actually what will allow him to save his friend, he begins to realize his own self-worth and his value in his village. He is also celebrated for what he is able to do.

What were some ideas that were important for you to share in this book?

That each child is unique and special and they should be celebrated for who they are. Childhood for everyone comes with tests on our self-worth and questioning where we fit in. I hope that this story will remind little ones who are questioning themselves, that being true to yourself, finding the good around you, and celebrating our differences will always make them a “giant”!

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

I am currently working on a follow up that will take Otto and Lizzie on a new adventure with some lessons to learn along the way with hopes that it will be ready for publication in 2023.

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Everyone and everything in the village of Biggersville is giant sized. After all, it is a village of Giants! Giant trees, giant houses, giant animals, and all the giant villagers. Everyone and everything, except for a seven-year-old boy named Little Otto. He seems to have stopped growing. Even with wonderful, supportive parents like Big Otto and Gertie DeGrande and his very best friend Lizzie, who is a year younger and twice as tall, Little Otto can’t help but feel that he is too different to fit in. He can ride Gretchen the Giant Goose and swing on Bessie the Giant Cow’s tail and join Lizzie in all their great adventures together, but deep down, all he dreams about is being the same as everyone else. It’s no fun feeling “small.”

Until one day, when his best friend Lizzie has gone missing after school and the whole village was out searching for her, they turned to Little Otto to save Lizzie, and he learned that what made him feel “different” all this time was exactly what would save the day and his best friend! And that loving and being true to who you are will always make you a feel like a giant to yourself and to others.

Otto: The Not-So-Little Giant

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 load 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.

Pages: 24 | ASIN : B0B75N33TX

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