[I received a review copy of this book from the author. No other compensation was received.]
Awww, pickles! What is it about bedtime? It does not seem to matter that bedtime happens every single night — it is always a disappointment when you are little. However, when you live on a tugboat with a most fashionably adorned Jacques-Cousteau-cap-wearing Octopus, there’s hope! Happily, Octopus will help you get ready! Ready for fun! Oh, Octopus! He means well, but let’s just say his ideas about getting ready for bed are just a bit unconventional.
Thank You, Octopus is about an octopus helping his buddy get ready for bed! First they’ll take a bath, then put on pajamas, brush teeth, and read a story — but be prepared for some egg salad (which you cannot help but imagine being squished between your toes), the Statue of Liberty, monsters, robot language, and oh, don’t forget the bear! Bear HUG! Told exclusively in dialog, it is so much fun to have your little one join in with you saying, “No, Thank You!”
Thank You, Octopus is not a sweet sing-songy or a lull-you-to-sleep sort of bedtime book — this is a hilarious bedtime book that is perfect for when everyone is deliriously tired. Well, truly, it is perfect for any time, but… I can attest to the fact that, yes, one night when I read this book to my son before bedtime he giggled so much that he got the hiccups. (Which then led to more giggles… it was fun.)
The illustrations created in pencil with predominately reds, blues, and creams are clean and modern with touches of classic and iconic images. As you read, you’ll quickly notice Jacques Cousteau’s iconic red cap, New York City’s skyline, and the Statue of Liberty. Even Octopus’s eyes, with one being an exaggerated large circle, reminds me of Pete, the dog from the classic show The Little Rascals. Then there are the sweet, idyllic-childhood details like a tugboat, the cute hooded-animal towels, and even the gingerbread man!
However, be careful! The illustrations are deceptively simple. If you read it too fast, you’ll miss all of the incredible details! Fortunately, you and yours will want to read this book a gazillion times — so don’t worry too much, just enjoy the giggles and the fun!
All Ages. Dial Books for Young Readers. May 2014. 40 pages. ISBN: 978-0803734388. Fiction.
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You Should Read Thank You, Octopus because:
- It is crazy! Crazy Good!
- The illustrations are so much fun and so superbly done. There’s a seek-and-find quality to the illustrations where the details gently foreshadow the next set of events. These details do a marvelous job of building suspense even when you know what is about to happen.
- It has a uniquely sophisticated sense of humor that reflects the child’s literal interpretation of language and takes that to an extreme that both parents and children can easily identify with and laugh.
- The humor is very good natured.
- There is a point when Octopus takes things a little too far, and his buddy has had enough. I am impressed with how they smooth things over. It is a great example of resiliency while being very funny.
- Manners! The excellently placed “Thank Yous” and “No, Thank Yous” drive home the point that even when someone offers you something ridiculous the best response is usually a polite one.
- Reluctant Reader or Studying English? The text is all in dialog with repeating words and phrases, in large text, and is fairly sparse — while making you laugh the entire time.
- It’s really wonderful! It’s a joy and I am sure you’ll love it!
Author and Illustrator Websites:
More Reviews of this Book:
- The Horn Book
- Publishers Weekly
- Kirkus Reviews — Starred Review!
- The New York Times
- NPR — Best Books of 2014!
- The list goes on and on!
Where Obtained: I received a review copy from the author. Thank You, Darren! No other compensation was received. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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