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Octopus Alone Hardcover – May 16, 2013
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From School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-As she did in last year's sweetly graphic Little Owl's Night (Viking, 2011), Srinivasan again produces a visually appealing story of a young animal finding its way in the big wide world. In this case, a bashful, doe-eyed orange octopus ventures away from home to escape the friendly enthusiasm of three seahorses. Charmingly stylized sea creatures (helpfully labeled in the delightful endpapers) float through an aqua-and-purple waterscape with an occasionally confusing perspective that renders the seahorses tiny on one page and larger than our timid heroine on the next. Reserved or introspective children may sympathize with the octopus, who employs authentic octopus tricks like camouflaging her color and squirting ink at the boisterous trio before escaping to deeper waters; even more readers could benefit from a reminder that not everyone always wants to play. But the narrative does not quite cohere and the paean to shyness gets lost in marine diversions: drifting jellyfish, an attacking eel, a breaching whale that earns a gatefold. After restoring herself with quiet and a solo jig, the octopus wishes for companionship and the text concludes that she is "glad to be back with her friends." Once readers realize that the seahorses she avoided, fled, and squirted are her friends, this final line provides a pleasant resolution as well as gentle encouragement for the bashful among us to dip a toe-or tentacle-into the ocean of sociability.-Robbin E. Friedman, Chappaqua Library, NYα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Praise for Divya's first book, LITTLE OWL’S NIGHT:
"This debut picture book gets it all just right. The story, while familiar, is executed deftly and with heart, and the crisp graphic elements of the artwork juxtapose well against the pretty prose." —Booklist, starred review
"The story's chief virtue is its graceful, balletic prose... It's a provocative inversion of the classic bedtime story, and a solid first outing. Srinivasan's message is that night is a delightful place, and that's useful knowledge for small children." —Publisher's Weekly
"A graceful bedtime story celebrates the beauty found in night... Hold on to Little Owl's tail feathers and soar." —Kirkus Reviews
"This exceptional first book by Srinivasan, a talented illustrator... follows Little Owl during his nighttime explorations... this bedtime tale may even convert children who are afraid of the dark into adventuresome night owls" —New York Times Book Review
"This is the most visually and verbally gorgeous picture book of the year... Simple, dazzling - and simply dazzling." —The Boston Globe
Praise for OCTOPUS ALONE:
"Srinivasan follows her debut, Little Owl’s Night (2011), with a similarly striking rendition of the marine world in this no-place-like-home tale." —Kirkus
"...every page is stunner." —Publishers Weekly
"a visually appealing story " —School Library Journal
“Srinivasan, an animator and the author of the luminous “Little Owl’s Night” (2011), brings the same distinctive beauty to this story of a glowy orange octopus, ‘hidden in her cozy cave.’” —New York Times Book Review
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This one does not disappoint. The art is gorgeous and the story, about a shy octopus trying to find some alone time, is very sweet. It isn't written like the others, it has more words and is more complex of a story, but each page has a lot of things to find and search for. It is a great progression from her other ones.
Cool little pop-out surprise in the middle of the book too! =)
Octopus feels overwhelmed by her friends and swims away to a part of the ocean where she can be alone for a little while. She plays alone and has a nap, (and a snack too) and when she wakes up she misses her friends and goes back to them. A very simple story, but meaningful.
Great for exuberant kids who sometimes need to calm down, great for quiet kids who are easily overwhelmed and need a chance to get centered before joining others, great for family and friends of kids who need alone time, to help understand what others are feeling.
A favorite in our collection, highly recommended.
Most recent customer reviews
About a shy octopus making friends with 3 seahorses.
My 3 year old son loves it.
Fun story and awesome art work.