Otter searching for toys

The best thing about cereals (if you choose this as a breakfast option) is that you get free toys! That’s right, the people who make cereals actually put toys inside and you don’t have to pay for them – they come TOTALLY FREE with the cereal! Free cereal toys are the reason that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

When me and Teddy are allowed to decide which cereals to buy in the supermarket we actually choose the ones that come with the best toy. We keep this a secret because the cereal people would probably be very upset if they knew we were only buying their cereal for the free toy.  We don’t even tell Otter Keeper any more because it seems to annoy him too. He will start to talk about old packets of cereals not being eaten and stuff like that and it can get quite boring to be honest.

Anyway every now and then a cereal toy comes along that is much better than any other cereal toy that has come before it, and unfortunately with the way cereal toys work, this can cause a huge problem. The problem comes from the fact that clearly once you know about an amazing toy (a wonderful yellow Frisbee in this case) you obviously need to play with it as soon as possible, yet the only way to get to a cereal toy… is through the cereal.

Me and Teddy tried many ways to get through cereal faster but it’s quite hard, multiple breakfast times were not allowed and giving cereal away to the postman was also frowned upon.  One morning Teddy (in sheer desperation as he REALLY wants the Frisbee) even decided to help the cause by requesting to have 8 helpings of cereal in one go! Otter Keeper put a stop to this and told me off when I was helping him pour it into his bowl – as you can imagine I did point out that this wasn’t my idea and I was only helping a friend.

Eventually we felt enough was enough and made a plan to extract the Frisbee whilst Otter Keeper was at work. Part of the plan was to put all the cereal back into the boxes afterwards so Otter Keeper wouldn’t know anything about it. He has enough to think about at the moment because the light bulb in the hallway stopped working this week so he doesn’t need any more stress.

Sadly our plan then went wrong. Firstly there was no Frisbee in any of the packets, just another ball and a bike reflector and we already have these. Secondly repackaging the cereal was harder than it looked (the plastic bags bulge out and won’t fit back in the boxes)  me and Teddy know bad design when we see it so we decided to write a letter to the cereal people to explain the problem. However writing letters is also quite hard and Teddy suggested at this point we do some sofa bouncing. This all ended up with part of the plan not getting finished (the bit where we put the cereal back in its packets)

This was unfortunate because when Otter Keeper got home he was quite cross and we had to put all the cereal into special containers to keep it fresh. This was actually quite a fun game (but we didn’t tell Otter Keeper that). I made Teddy say sorry lots and I think everything is OK now. I still haven’t got my Frisbee and this makes me a little sad. However, I’m going to write that letter to the cereal people suggesting they improve their packaging and the plan is to ask them for the yellow Frisbee in return for my advice. I think that plan will work, wish me luck.



  1. Mark Megson March 13, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Good luck Otter, hope you get your Frisbee. Just don’t play with it at the breakfast table, might make Otter Keeper cross 😉

  2. Heather aka Niftyknits March 13, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Excellent plan Otter – good luck!

  3. Sue Pownall March 13, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Otter, you are luck that Otter Keeper allows you and Teddy to have cereal with toys. I have to eat healthy cereal like museli, which never has toys in the boxes. I hope you get your frisbee soon and if you get two, can I have it?

  4. Pat Longmuir March 13, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Oh how I laughed at your latest escapade Otter, and hope that your plan to get the yellow frisbee works (I shall keep my doubts to myself)! As someone who has porridge for breakfast in the mornings (keeps the cholesterol in check), I don’t have the problem of trying to extract toys from my cereal but can sympathise all the same.

  5. Anonymous March 13, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    oh otter. I really think toys should be packaged with more compelling food, chocolate pudding for example. This would be much more sensible as otter keeper could be quite easily enjoined to help with the noble cause of toy procurement.

  6. Grace March 13, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    I think that plan should work just fine and if it doesn’t – well, you could always save your allowance and buy a frisbee of your choice…

  7. Jackie March 13, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    Cereal toys can be sneaky. Sometimes they put the picture of a neat-looking toy on the box, but in tiny letters somewhere else, it will tell you that you have to send in money and a certain number of proofs of purchase from that kind of cereal. I think that should be against the rules, and I hope that’s not why your yellow Frisbee was missing.

  8. Kirsten Alicia March 13, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    I think toys in cereal are very important & if the cereal people put toys in the boring cereals more people would eat them I’m sure. When the clocks go forward on March 25 – I know, it’s a weird thing human people do – otter keeper won’t need to buy a lightbulb for quite a long time, so maybe he could buy you a yellow frisbee instead? I think that would be a very good idea.

  9. Bev Otter March 14, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Hi Otter and Teddy, you could ask otter keeper to mix the unwanted cereal with melted chocolate – this makes great cakes 🙂 Good luck with your frisbee hunting XXX

  10. otter Lover March 15, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    YAYYYYYYYYYY otter you are just the best. You look so sweet, I LOVE THIS PICTURE OF YOU AND TEDDY!!

  11. sarah March 17, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    You have strange cereals otter…are those weetabix on the right? Do otters eat weetabix?

  12. Catherine + Petey Ferret too March 18, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    What a wonderful breakfast story! Thank you for sharing your ideas with us, Otter! I too get VERY annoyed trying to get at the advertised toy! What a MAJOR disappointment when I finally find it–and it is not even the toy I am expecting! When I go on a Cereal-Toy hunt, I always have my extra bowls lined up ahead of time! I can see poor Teddy with the empty cereal box over his head! Well, good luck with the letter writing and Frisbee hunt! If you need Extra letters written to the cereal company, I will be happy to help! and I hope the Sofa Bouncing that day helped make up for not getting your as-advertised Frisbee! ( when shopping I also tend to select cereals with the BEST toys inside!) Thank you again Otter for another wonderful story! Enjoy your week!

  13. Anonymous March 19, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    I feel your pain Otter – You can never hide it if you’ve taken the cereal bag out of the box to see if you can see the toy.. The bulging box always gives it away!

  14. Anonymous March 19, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    Yay everyone loves free toys – I hope the cereal company give you your frisbee, you deserve it!

  15. Clive March 31, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Gotta say the artistry with the designs on this blog are superb! Great Otter & Teddy story-telling as well :-))

  16. Nonmouse April 16, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    Wonderful story as always. My cat gets into nearly as much trouble as Otter and Teddy, but it’s never as interesting- shredding the couch or peeing on the carpet…

    I noticed going back through the past Otter posts that Otter Keeper has in the past sold prints of his beautiful otter pictures. Is there any possibility for getting prints any time in the near future? I know several people who would love them as presents.

  17. Kathy April 24, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    I can not wait to share this site with my Granddaughter! It is so cute.

  18. Jordy May 5, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    I absolutely love these stories, and pictures! You have wonderful creativity, and imagination. Have you considered putting any of these in print?

  19. Daniel C May 13, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    ha ha this is funny

  20. PaleInk May 28, 2012 at 12:37 am

    Oh, Otter and Teddy trying to eat so much breakfast cereal, yes, if only multiple breakfast times would be allowed. I hope you get some more toys soon.

  21. Lori Degman June 5, 2012 at 3:34 am

    How did it take so long for me to find you, Otter? I have a lot of reading to do to catch up! I went to your store but it says it’s not there anymore. I’d love to buy some of your prints!

  22. Kate June 18, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    Otter you are amazing – my friend told me all about you and you are every bit as wonderful as she said you were!

    Sadly yes I am called Kate (but I am a nice Kate so there is no need to be scared)

  23. alice June 24, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    otter! when is the next otter story?

  24. Chris Wales June 30, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Loved the stories and Pics are brill, so do my children Jack,Ben and Amy. Where can I get a hard copy

  25. Dennis Salvatier July 26, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    This is beautiful work.

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