Also an Octopus – written by Maggie Tokuda-Hall and illustrated by Benji Davies


51g4dvgp-nl Also an Octopus – written by Maggie Tokuda-Hall and illustrated by Benji Davies, Candlewick Press, 9780763670849, 2016

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre:  humorous picture book

What did you like about the book?  This story starts out with… nothing.  Every story starts out with nothing.  Add in a character or two or three, a plot (or two) and all of a sudden-  you have a story!  That’s what we learn in this delightful book about a ukelele playing octopus who wants to build a rocket ship and fly into outer space.  But he’s no rocket scientist, so things don’t turn out the way he plans.  However, he does learn a few things and does eventually make friends with rocket scientists, so who knows! Maybe he’ll get his ship!

The illustrations are so funny and so cute-  he’s a big bluish-gray octopus with a little red hat!  And his friend the bunny is a fluffy little white bunny who loves carrots (big surprise!).

Anything you didn’t like about it? nothing

To whom would you recommend this book?  I would recommend this to kids who like funny stories.  Some read-a-likes are “I Am a Story” by Dan Yaccarino and “The Bear Who Wasn’t There” by LeUyen Pham.

Who should buy this book? elementary schools and public libraries

Where would you shelve it?  juvenile picture book

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? no

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State:  Laureen Cutrona, Townsend Public Library, Townsend, MA

Date of review:  November 22, 2016

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