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Anna and Otis by Maisie Paradise Shearring

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Some people are scared of snakes. But Anna knows it’s brilliant having a snake as a friend, and soon everyone else will too!

It can be easy to be frightened of something unknown, especially when that unknown is a snake who happens to be Anna’s friend. To many Otis is something to scared of, something to step away from. However, with the help of his friend Anna the world around him starts to accept that maybe he isn’t scary after all.

Anna and Otis

A children\'s storybook on a wooden background

Written and illustrated by Maisie Paradise Shearring
Published by Two Hoots

Will people ever learn to accept a snake as a friend?

Anna and Otis the snake are great friends and they love having fun together. But Otis the snake knows people are scared of snakes, so he usually just plays at home or in the garden. He is nervous when Anna suggests a new adventure.

At first, people are afraid, and Otis feels he isn’t welcome in the town. But Anna encourages Otis not to give up, and it soon turns out that maybe snakes aren’t as scary as people thought.

Our thoughts of Anna and Otis

Anna and Otis is a hugely endearing, very funny story about overcoming fears and making friends. Full of rich details to spot, Maisie’s artwork makes the book appealing to younger readers.

Where can you buy the Anna and Otis book?

The Anna and Otis book is available to buy from Amazon in Hardback, Paperback and Kindle Edition.

Anna and Otis and Art
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About The Author Maisie Paradise Shearring

Maisie Paradise Shearring studied illustration at Edinburgh College of Art, graduating in 2013. In 2015, Maisie graduated from Cambridge School of Art with a Distinction in an MA in Children’s Book Illustration. In 2015-2016, as part of the Picturehooks scheme, she was mentored by Nick Sharratt and in October 2015 illustrations from their collaboration were featured in a picture book exhibition at the National Gallery of Scotland. In April 2015, Maisie won the International Award for Illustration at Bologna Children’s Book Fair.

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