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Also an Octopus
by Maggie Tokuda-hall and Benji Davies


Overview - Even the most totally awesome story starts with a little bit of nothing. What happens next is up to you A delightfully meta picture book that will set imaginations soaring.

It begins with an octopus who plays the ukulele. Since this is a story, the octopus has to want something--maybe to travel to faraway galaxies in a totally awesome purple spaceship.  Read more...


 
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Overview
Even the most totally awesome story starts with a little bit of nothing. What happens next is up to you A delightfully meta picture book that will set imaginations soaring.

It begins with an octopus who plays the ukulele. Since this is a story, the octopus has to want something--maybe to travel to faraway galaxies in a totally awesome purple spaceship. Then the octopus sets out to build a spaceship out of soda cans, glue, umbrellas, glitter, and waffles. OK, maybe the octopus needs some help, like from an adorable bunny friend, and maybe that bunny turns out to be . . . a rocket scientist? (Probably not.) But could something even more amazing come to pass? Debut author Maggie Tokuda-Hall, with the help of illustrator Benji Davies, sets up an endearingly funny story, then hands the baton to readers, who will be more than primed to take it away.

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780763670849
  • ISBN-10: 0763670847
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
  • Publish Date: October 2016
  • Page Count: 32
  • Reading Level: Ages 3-7
  • Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 pounds


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Publishers Weekly Reviews

Publishers Weekly® Reviews

  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-08-08
  • Reviewer: Staff

Debut author Tokuda-Hall offers a capricious crash course in the elements and boundless possibilities of story. “Every story starts the same way... with nothing,” explains an unseen narrator. “And every story needs a character. Any character you can imagine!” The narrator promptly conjures a ukulele-playing octopus who, for a story to materialize, “needs to want something.” Tokuda-Hall subtly introduces concepts like conflict and emotional stakes as the octopus unsuccessfully attempts to build a spaceship from soda cans, umbrellas, glitter, and waffles (“I’m not really qualified to build a spaceship,” quips the bewildered protagonist). Eventually, the octopus’s ukulele-strumming attracts friends and rocket scientists, who help propel the story to a resolution. What happens next, the author tells readers, is “up to you! When one story ends, it’s just making room for another story to begin.” Davies’s (Grandad’s Island) freewheeling digital art keeps pace with the encouraging narration, and the concluding image—of a rocket scientist water-skiing atop a rhino while wearing a colander on her head—cements the idea that, when it comes to storytelling, anything is possible. Ages 3–7. Author’s agent: Jennifer Laughran, Andrea Brown Literary. Illustrator’s agent: Vicki Willden-Lebrecht, Bright Literary. (Oct.)

 
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