By Author / Illustrator
Peter Bently, Steven Lenton
Friends and family
Nosy Crow Ltd
Paperback / softback
A brilliantly bonkers story about an octopus who lives on the roof, by two award-winning and bestselling picture book creators. When a giant octopus arrives, the children LOVE their new friend; he makes the perfect slide and is fantastic at football! But some of the grown-ups aren't so pleased. Will they drive him away . . . or will they realise just how helpful an octopus can be? A warm and witty rhyming story about welcoming newcomers. Sunglasses at the ready - this book has zingy fluorescent ink on the cover and inside illustrations.
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Octopus Shockopus is a beautifully illustrated picture book. It is written in rhyme and has a very sing-song quality to it. This style of writing makes the story quite fast paced when reading it aloud, and there are so many pictorial inferences you can explore when studying the illustrations.
This is a fun story about an octopus living on top of a house which children love but, if you delve deeper, the book can be used to explore the themes of immigration into an area and the initial perceptions people can have of others.
This book could be used as an upbeat way to discuss a very important topic with younger children. I'd highly recommend it; this book needs to be on every bookshelf.
Picture book / Ages 3-6 years / Reviewed by Nia Talbot, teacher
Suggested Reading Age 3+