I first heard about this charming new book from Amy in a Read Aloud Thursday post. Her glowing review made me immediately go and put it on our hold list at the library and I’m so glad I did. I think all of us loved it, from the 3 yr old on up to the 40 yr old.
This is a hybrid between a picture book and a short chapter book. There are four separate chapters/stories but the illustrations and format of the book are more like a traditional picture book than an easy reader or early chapter book. It works very well. Each story stands alone but as a whole it’s short enough to read in one sitting.
Squid and Octopus are friends like Frog and Toad, Elephant and Piggie, and George and Martha. Each story is ordinary in the events but the underlying theme of friendship is warm and sweet. The sweetness is combined with just the right amount of silliness to keep it from being sugary. The illustrations are beautiful with a muted palette of blue, orange, yellow and green and detailed pen and ink drawings capture the personality of the friends’ undersea world.
If you aren’t reading and participating in Read Aloud Thursday at Hope is the Word, you should be. How’s that for a little guilt? Seriously though, I get a huge number of great recommendations from Amy and the other people who post there. Check it out!