Cover image for Otto and Pio / Marianne Dubuc.
Otto and Pio / Marianne Dubuc.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Princeton Architectural Press, 2019.

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm.
General Note:
Translation of: Je ne suis pas ta mama.
Otto the squirrel reluctantly becomes a foster parent when a strange, furry creature hatches outside his home, saying nothing but "Pio" and growing very, very quickly.


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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.

Author Notes

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.

Reviews 1

Publisher's Weekly Review

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. Otto feels compelled to look after the furry, pink-snouted Pio (he's named for the sound he most often makes), but Pio grows larger every day, pushing Otto out of his green hammock bed, then out of his house. Otto is ambivalent but ethical about Pio's arrival: "I am not your mommy," he tells the furry creature coolly. "Tomorrow we'll hang up posters. I'm sure your real mother is looking for you." Dubuc's gently colored spreads provide almost documentary-level detail-she draws all the leaves on Otto's tree, the tiny posters Otto plasters all over it, and the vegetables Pio chops up for soup. 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. Ages 5-8. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.