Today I am wishing Peter Bently, Steven Lenton and Nosy Crow a Happy Publication Day for their new title, Octopus Shocktopus!
In this lovely, community-minded story, a giant octopus lands on a house in a town and everyone is surprised and rather thrilled, apart from Mrs Antrobus, who’s not impressed.
The Octopus soon makes many friends and the townspeople learn to value its contributions as they embrace it as one of them. Even Mrs Antrobus is persuaded that the eight-legged creature has a place amongst them after it saves her cat. But then one day Octopus disappears and everyone feels bereft. Where has their tentacular friend gone?
This is a funny, inspiring and ultimately happy story about friendship, accepting and celebrating differences, and building a community. Peter Bently’s rhymes are superlatively smooth and bring pace and hilarity to the story, while Steven Lenton’s bright and inviting illustrations suck you in like an octopus’s tentacle. This is a story to be savoured over and over, especially if you’re feeling like the world is lacking a little colour – physically and metaphorically.
Because public book launches are not possible at present, the team at Nosy Crow decided to do a virtual launch, with Peter and Steven reading the book at either ‘end’ and book reviewers, librarians and booksellers reading the pages in the middle. I was delighted, honoured and proud to read one of the spreads! So I hope you enjoy this virtual launch and reading and thank you to Peter, Steven and Nosy Crow for giving me this amazing opportunity!