Otis Spofford Author:Beverly Cleary, Louis Darling There was nothing Otis Spofford liked better than stirring up a little excitement, particularly at school. A less resourceful teacher than Mrs. Gitler would have found him pretty hard to take. Even Mrs. Gitler did not entirely relish the affair of the bullfight at the fiesta arranged for the P.T.A. meeting. Otis was disappointed at not being ... more »the toreador, but as the front half of the bull he managed to steal the whole show, to the annoyance of his classmates and his teacher. It was then that Mrs. Gitler suggested that Otis might some day get his come-uppance.
Of all Otis's acquaintances, the neat and well-behaved Ellen Tebbits was the one he most enjoyed teasing. Strangely enough, it was Ellen who, at last outraged beyond endurance, brought about his come-uppance. But before that happens, his losing spitball battle with Mrs. Gitler, his surprising affection for the experimental baby rat, and his insect collecting on behalf of the football hero provides a feast of fun for any child or grownup.« less