To bathe or not to bathe? To Otis P. Oliver, that’s definitely not the question. Children will giggle at Otis’ tactics and back-and-forth correspondence. The expressive illustrations are humorous, energetic, and incorporate the hand-written notes, shown transcribed on pieces torn from lined notebook paper. Otis is white, chubby, and crowned with brown curls; wavy lines suggest he reeks. His family presents with various tones of pale skin and different hair colors and styles; one sister wears glasses. The skin colors, sizes, and hairstyles of Otis’ chums are diverse. Even bath-happy readers will want to hear this book. (Picture book. 4-7)
School Library Journal (April 2016): The story is a lighthearted tale of an unlikely friendship. Bright Illustrations and cute characters will make this a favorite with young readers - especially pet lovers.