K-Gr 2 In the opening panels of this wordless picture book, an octopus emerges from his home, pulling a small walrus in a red wagon. He climbs up a rope dropped by a hippopotamus fisherman and is caught, and from there his adventures take off in a series of three-to-four boxed illustrations per page. Young children will giggle as he wiggles his way through busy cobblestone streets, evading a hippopotamus city worker s broom and the clutches of a walrus chef and a rat waiter in a tux. The artist s signature cartoons are colorful, whimsical, and entertaining. Mayer continues to enchant a new generation of readers. --School Library Journal, April, 2011
About the Author
Mercer Mayer has been writing and illustrating children's books for over 35 years. He began the popular Little Critter series nearly 30 years ago and titled the first book Just for You. His wife, Gina, has been co-writing the series since the early 1990s. The books in this series address the major issues of growing up through humorous storytelling.