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Children's Nonfiction Marine Life

Gentle Giant Octopus

Read and Wonder

by (author) Karen Wallace

illustrated by Mike Bostock

Candlewick Press
Initial publish date
Apr 2002
Marine Life, Zoology, Environmental Science & Ecosystems
Recommended Age
4 to 8
Recommended Grade
p to 3
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2002
    List Price

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Discover the mysterious, magnificent octopus!

Follow a goggle-eyed octopus as she jets through the shadows, tentacles flying behind her. Finally she finds a well-hidden den in which to lay her eggs, which will dangle from the roof like grapes on a string. In silky verse, Karen Wallace explores the mysterious world of the octopus, while Mike Bostock’s flowing illustrations bring that world vividly to life. Back matter includes an afterword, resources for further information, a glossary, and an index.

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Editorial Reviews

A wonderful tie-in to nature or science units about the sea and its inhabitants.
—School Library Journal

In a picture-book format, this science book presents information on the giant octopus . . . The bold, bright watercolor illustrations help the odd-looking creature become more accessible to young audiences, making this excellent for reading aloud in a classroom setting.

Brief text and watercolor paintings describe how a female giant octopus moves, protects herself, and lays her eggs . . . With its striking artwork, it will make an enticing read-aloud for children interested in this fascinating sea creature.
—School Library Journal

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