I adore the Ottoline books, both as items and for the content. This one is my favourite, though, because it has Norway and the sea in it! It’s another one I reviewed for The Scotsman. Here are my thoughts from 2010:
Chris Riddell returns to delight and amuse with Ottoline at Sea. In this instalment Ottoline is devastated when Mr Munroe disappears. Eventually, with the help of the bear, she puts together the clues and realises where her friend has gone: back home to Norway to search for Quite Big Foot. Ottoline and the bear set off after him, meeting many interesting people on their journey. Chris Riddell’s absurd story and brilliant annotated illustrations are a constant joy. With its combination of oblique references and obvious humour this will appeal to children and adults alike.
I see no reason to change my mind about any of that. But I would add my congratulations to Macmillan for publishing such beautifully tactile items and not stinting on the number of pages. Whoever was responsible for the design deserves praise. And I’m happy to say that since then another two instalments of Ottoline’s adventures have been published, bringing the total to four.