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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,029 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Beverly Cleary Narrator: Johnny Heller Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Ellen & Otis Series Release Date: March 2009 ISBN: 9780061762437
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When it comes to stirring up a little excitement in class, Otis Spofford knows just what to do. He can turn a folk dance fiesta into a three-ring circus, or an arithmetic lesson into a spitball marathon. Even his friends George and Stewy can't keep up when it comes to Otis's mischief.

Best of all, Otis likes teasing Ellen Tebbits. She's so neat and well-behaved—there's something irresistible about making Ellen mad! But when Otis's teasing goes too far, he feels sorry . . . and then nervous. For now Ellen isn't just mad . . . she's planning something!

Beloved author Beverly Cleary brings real understanding to this wonderful story of a "bad boy."

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Mrs. Cleary writes from a sure knowledge of the third grader’s world. It all rings true.”

    New York Times

  • “A really hilarious boy who is a classroom comedian, a show-off and a pest, but still very lovable.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Johnny Heller's clear, crisp voice is perfect for the story. As a comedian, Heller lends an element of levity to his reading. His acting skills are apparent as the story's characters take on subtly different voice inflections.”

    School Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine Woodman | 2/8/2014

    " Beverly Cleary was on eof the favorites of my childhood, and while my kids were less attached to her, they still enjoyed her books--this is a good one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 2/6/2014

    " The kids can't wait to find out what "excitement" Ottis is going to get into. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lars Guthrie | 2/2/2014

    " 'There was nothing better Otis Spofford liked better than stirring up a little excitement.' So starts 'Otis Spofford.' Otis Spofford is an only and fatherless child who lives with his distracted working mother in a small apartment. Otis Spofford, playing cowboys and Indians (one of several anachronisms in 'Otis Spofford,' such as kids using the word 'keen') 'scalps' a classmate obsessed with growing her hair longer by cutting off a hunk of that hair. Otis Spofford meets the 'comeuppance' promised by his fourth grade teacher when the classmate extracts revenge. Otis Spofford--Beverly Cleary's antihero? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 1/25/2014

    " One of the few Beverly Clearys I didn't read when I was a child. As a teacher, I love reading about the wily kid that always gets in trouble. It helps me connect with my own little hellions. Otis Spofford remind me of my sweet little C******* who once told me, with the utmost sincerity, that he wasn't cheating on his spelling test, but "looking at the spelling words in my desk to see how to spell them!" Um...that's cheating. He and Otis could be brothers! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary-Jane | 1/22/2014

    " Entertaining stories about the troublesome Otis. One chapter is dated in which the school children act out as violent Indians. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 1/16/2014

    " Just as good as the Ramonas. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Congdon | 1/16/2014

    " This hilarious book is a must for any 1-3 grade boy! I read it myself just for fun and now I'm reading it with my 6 year old. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelter Somerset | 1/16/2014

    " This was the very first chapter book I ever read. I remember reading under the covers with a flashlight so that my parents wouldn't know I was staying up late. This was the definitive book that made me want to be a writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Needleroozer | 1/3/2014

    " Otis is a naughty boy. As a child I got a vicarious thrill in reading of his escapades because I knew I'd never do the things he did. Not my favorite Beverly Cleary book, but I did enjoy reading it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 12/25/2013

    " How could I not read this book, when the title character has the same last name as me? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 12/15/2013

    " Loved this book!!! I read it to Korynn and we laughed at how mischievious Otis is. Great easy and fun read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zarakoda | 12/7/2013

    " I know it has been many long years since I reread this book, but I remember it very well and am certain I will love it just as much as I did in second and fourth grade. Otis Spofford's mischievous adventures really are hilarious, especially concerning the bull fight ("Ouch!"). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brynn | 12/3/2013

    " A hilarious book. But why does otis have to be so annoying? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Collin | 11/28/2013

    " This is a very fun book. its very funny and very relatable. the author beverly cleary is very creative with the different sittuations i recomend this book if you are lookin for a comedy, even though it is a little more geared tword elementry age kids its still a fun book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Derek | 11/7/2013

    " My favorite book as a kid. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 10/24/2013

    " I wonder if Ellen Tebbits and Otis Spofford got married? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jen | 10/22/2013

    " otis is the class bully and always looking for excitement. he picks on Ellen tebbits throughout the book and by the end of the book the whole class has turned on him and helps Ellen tebbits tease otis and get her revenge. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carly | 9/20/2013

    " This is a good book on a mischievous boy. He did a lot of funny antics, but still learned that his choices were probably not the best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 9/4/2013

    " I just finished reading this to my daughter, and we enjoyed it much more than Ellen Tebbets. Though Ottis is a bully, he is good-natured (just desperate for a little attention). We laughed out loud all the way through. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret | 8/28/2013

    " What a great book to read to kids! They always love it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine | 8/19/2013

    " This book was hilarious. I was in ballet at the time that I read it, so I really related to Ellen and the teasing that Otis gives her. Such a cute book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dale | 7/5/2013

    " so far i am reading otis spofford and it is good:). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorna | 11/2/2012

    " Cute book about a mildly mischevious boy. I enjoyed the Henry Huggins books from the same author much more, however. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl in CC NV | 6/13/2012

    " Not a Ramona book, but still pretty darn cute. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Krissy | 11/4/2011

    " you can't really go wrong with a book that starts out saying that the main character always likes to "stir up a little excitement." why did i not know about this book as a child?! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Evelia | 11/3/2011

    " This book is laugh out loud funny! Clearly understands kids and the way they think, which comes across so well in all of her books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ashleigh | 9/1/2011

    " Scissors... Right up there with Dead dogs, knocked this book down a star. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 7/25/2011

    " Great for beginner reader. Lovable, trouble finding main character... great boy book. Beverly Cleary is a Children's Author genius. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tricia Price | 6/3/2011

    " An interesting perspective, from the bully's point of view. Somewhat dated, but has timeless themes. I loved when the teacher made him spit spitwads in the trash can for hours as punishment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betsy | 5/23/2011

    " Beverly Cleary at her best. She takes Otis, the thorn in sweet Ellen Tebbits' side and makes him real and lovable. Love that Beverly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelter | 5/3/2011

    " This was the very first chapter book I ever read. I remember reading under the covers with a flashlight so that my parents wouldn't know I was staying up late. This was the definitive book that made me want to be a writer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret | 4/29/2011

    " What a great book to read to kids! They always love it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Collin | 11/4/2010

    " This is a very fun book. its very funny and very relatable. the author beverly cleary is very creative with the different sittuations i recomend this book if you are lookin for a comedy, even though it is a little more geared tword elementry age kids its still a fun book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl in CC NV | 3/26/2010

    " Not a Ramona book, but still pretty darn cute. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arasband | 2/6/2010

    " The kids can't wait to find out what "excitement" Ottis is going to get into. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Derek | 1/28/2010

    " My favorite book as a kid. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 5/10/2009

    " Loved this book!!! I read it to Korynn and we laughed at how mischievious Otis is. Great easy and fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brynn | 2/26/2009

    " A hilarious book. But why does otis have to be so annoying? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carly | 1/19/2009

    " This is a good book on a mischievous boy. He did a lot of funny antics, but still learned that his choices were probably not the best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 12/29/2008

    " How could I not read this book, when the title character has the same last name as me? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 12/1/2008

    " This hilarious book is a must for any 1-3 grade boy! I read it myself just for fun and now I'm reading it with my 6 year old. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zarakoda | 8/31/2008

    " I know it has been many long years since I reread this book, but I remember it very well and am certain I will love it just as much as I did in second and fourth grade. Otis Spofford's mischievous adventures really are hilarious, especially concerning the bull fight ("Ouch!"). "

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About the Author
Author Beverly Cleary

Beverly Cleary was born in McMinnville, Oregon, and until she was old enough to attend school she lived on a farm in Yamhill, a town so small it had no library. Her mother arranged to have books sent to their tiny town from the state library and acted as a librarian in a room over a bank. It was there that Mrs. Cleary learned to love books. Generations of children have grown up with Ramona Quimby, Henry Huggins, Ralph Mouse, and all of their friends, families, and assorted pets. Cleary continues to capture the hearts and imaginations of children of all ages throughout the world.

About the Narrator

Johnny Heller, a two-time winner of the prestigious Audie Award, was named a top voice of 2008 and 2009 and selected as one of the Top 50 Narrators of the Twentieth Century by AudioFile magazine. His adult and children’s book narrations have earned him thirty-five AudioFile Earphones Awards.