Saturday, October 24, 2015

NEW Kids Picture Books: Day 24

Izzy & Oscar by Allison Estes & Dan Stark. April 2015.

From Amazon: "Have you ever taught an octopus to roll over? It's harder than it looks. Discover why octopuses make the best pets in this charming picture book about friendship and embracing individuality!

Izzy has always wanted a pet. So when an adventurous octopus squiggles into town, Izzy decides to keep him. After all, a real pirate captain has to have a mascot. Oscar is not very good at going for walks or playing fetch. (Although he is amazing at hide and seek). And he's definitely not like other pets... But he is just right for Izzy.

Readers will be tickled by Izzy's attempts to teach Oscar to behave like a dog, a parrot, a pony-and gratified by Izzy's realization that in the end we love others for who they are...eight arms and all!"

My thoughts: This was a really cute book. An octopus for a pet? Really? I would never want one myself -- too wiggly, squiggly, slimy... -- but Izzy makes it work. The last couple of pages give facts about octopi, so this would be a great book for someone who love ocean animals. I just hope it doesn't encourage kids to take random animals home as pets! :)

Recommended Age: 4-8 years

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