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The story starts off under an old house where a “spinspider” is tending to her webs. While complaining about the upcoming winter, she notices a struggle in one of the webs. To her delight, she finds a “tomebeetle” struggling to get escape his certain death. As she inspects her prize, she notices a book attached to the tomebeetle’s back. Eager to bribe for his freedom, the captive offers to read a few stories to the spinspider out of the book. He starts with a story about a colony of otterwills, creatures who depend on water for survival. One day, their water supply dissappears. Desperate to find out ¬†what the problem is, an elderly otterwill, Grandma Lilibud, and her grandson, Puffer, embark on a long journey to find the answer.

I feel that this book would be thoroughly enjoyed by someone much younger than me. It’s a fun, adventurous story that can be read in one to two sittings. It’s the perfect bedtime story. However, I do not recommend this book to anyone much older than 8 or 9 years old. It’s definitely a children’s book.


I'm a 15 year old girl with a passion for reading and writing, like most other people on this site. I mostly read realistic fiction. My favorite authors are Agatha Christie, Sarah Dessen, Sara Shepard, Anna Godbersen, and George Orwell.

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4 Responses to “Tales of Tossledowns: Otterwill By Laurence Knighton”

  1. Jenna

    Wow, great review :) I mite just buy it for my little brother’s bday :)

  2. Lola

    loll i read this book…cool review :)

  3. Jesse

    Great job Imani :)

  4. Gina

    Is it weird that im like 14 and read this book :pp

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