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The Octopus Escapes



by
Maile Meloy
illustrated by
Felicita Sala

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
PenRanHo
Imprint
G.P. Putnam's Sons
ISBN
9781984812698
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None
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JLG Category

Primary

From the bestselling author of The Apothecary series comes a poignant, lyrical tale about nature’s great escape artist.

The octopus is happy in his undersea cave until one day, a diver captures him and takes him to live in an aquarium. The humans give him food and tests that look like toys. But every day is the same, and the octopus soon tires of captive life. And so, under the cover of darkness, he makes his daring escape…

Maile Meloy and Felicita Sala bring us a story full of excitement and heart, about the thrill of hard-won freedom and the pull of home.Full-color illustrations were done in gouache, watercolor, and pastels.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

40

Trim Size

11" x 9"

Dewey

E

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Jun 2021

Book Genres

Picture Book

Topics

Octopuses. Aquariums. Ocean life. Captivity. Escape. Natural habitats. 

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

K-Gr 2–The octopus is content with his life and loves the cave where he lives. He’s able to see all the fish and sea creatures around him and can play around in the waves to his heart’s content. This all changes when a diver whisks him away from his cave and takes him to an aquarium which the octopus calls a glass house. At first, the octopus loves the challenges the humans give him and all of the people that come to visit him and have their pictures taken. Soon though, the octopus becomes bored with the same life eating the same food. He hatches a plan to escape. His journey back to his cave is not an easy one, but this skilled octopus is not one to step away from a challenge. The art and words complement each other well and each has the opportunity to take center stage when the story warrants it. The pages vary in sentence length and number of sentences giving the reader a dynamic and engaging read, but the art is the real highlight of this tale. Each spread is full of vibrant colors and readers will enjoy being taken along on the journey. VERDICT Stunning artwork and an appealing story is sure to entertain readers, especially those interested in marine life. –Myiesha Speight, formerly at Towson Univ., Baltimore

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

K-Gr 2–The octopus is content with his life and loves the cave where he lives. He’s able to see all the fish and sea creatures around him and can play around in the waves to his heart’s content. This all changes when a diver whisks him away from his cave and takes him to an aquarium which the octopus calls a glass house. At first, the octopus loves the challenges the humans give him and all of the people that come to visit him and have their pictures taken. Soon though, the octopus becomes bored with the same life eating the same food. He hatches a plan to escape. His journey back to his cave is not an easy one, but this skilled octopus is not one to step away from a challenge. The art and words complement each other well and each has the opportunity to take center stage when the story warrants it. The pages vary in sentence length and number of sentences giving the reader a dynamic and engaging read, but the art is the real highlight of this tale. Each spread is full of vibrant colors and readers will enjoy being taken along on the journey. VERDICT Stunning artwork and an appealing story is sure to entertain readers, especially those interested in marine life. –Myiesha Speight, formerly at Towson Univ., Baltimore

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