Octopus Shocktopus!

Today I am wishing Peter Bently, Steven Lenton and Nosy Crow a Happy Publication Day for their new title, Octopus Shocktopus!

Octopus Shocktopus! - Nosy Crow

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.

Octopus Shocktopus - Steven Lenton Illustration

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!


      • Hola, Juanita! Thank you for the feedback about the book. It’s really important that we all realise we like different books in different ways so thank you for your thoughts! 🙂


  1. Thank you for writing about this book. It has definitely inspired me to go out and buy it. I really like the funny rhymes the book has to offer and I think the images are colourful and inviting. I cannot remember reading a book like this before – especially involving a giant see creature.
    What do you think you would do if an octopus landed or your house?
    – Class 5 Chestnut

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    • Hello Class 5 Chestnut!
      Thank you so much for commenting on my post – it’s lovely to hear from you. Peter Bently, the author, would be delighted to hear that you would like to buy the book.
      I’m not sure what I would do if an octopus landed on my house! I think I would be scared but, having read the book, perhaps I would be OK about it.

      All the best,


  2. Hello, im a students of british school quito in Ecuador. Im writing this because i want to know what happens later of the end of this story, to see whats the real end.
    Thanks for your attention

    Jose Tomas


  3. I am a Year 5 student in Ecuador and we are learning about blogs.
    I like this because it is about octopus and I like octopus


  4. I am a year five student from Ecuador and I found your book really funny and I liked the twist when all his friends come and a squid plz respond back


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