Humor, Adventure, and a Happy Ending

Summary:

When a young octopus leaves home for the day, he has no idea of the adventures that lie ahead. First, he climbs into a fishing boat, but gets thrown off by the hippo captain. Then, he gets chased by a beach worker and scuttles into a pitcher of water ... in a restaurant! When Chef Walrus decides he can make soup, the octopus escapes and hides among the melons at the farmer's market. Chefs don't give up that easy and Walrus chases the octopus down to the dock. Voilà! He captures the main ingredient ... except! There is no fishing today! So Chef Walrus throws the octopus back into the ocean ... and he promptly swims back home.


Parent Perspective:
As an adult it is predictable, but that's okay. Octopus Soup is still fun to read! That it is a wordless story told in comics-style panels makes it slow going - not because it bogs down the story, but because I wanted to read the adult-oriented double entendre and wordplay built into the graphics. There is something for readers of all abilities in this story, and as your child ages, the sophistication of the story they want to tell will evolve. And how fun is that?


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

"Physical" humor jumps from the page in this humorous wordless story about the (mis)adventures of a young octopus. Mercer Mayer fans will not be disappointed ... in fact they may be a bit surprised.

Content Awareness Factors:

None, unless you struggle with reading wordless picture books.


Type of Book:
This is a wordless picture book adventure told in comic book panels.
Educational Themes:

Wordless picture books let readers tell stories in their own way. Ask your child to read the story - and don't hesitate to ask them questions or comment on what you see, too.

Reading Level:
na
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
5 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
4 and Up
Purchase Recommendation:
Definitely consider buying. Because it is nearly wordless, the story can/will change routinely. As your child ages, the sophistication of the story they want to tell will increase, too.

Title Octopus Soup
Author Mercer Mayer
Publisher Marshall Cavendish © 2011
Illustrators Mercer Mayer
ISBN 9780761458128
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.99
Genres Animal Character, Adventure, Comics | Graphic Novels

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