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His mom tells him, and correctly so, that the octopus cannot stay in the house because he is a sea creature... the end! Julius goes through a litany of reasons why Mack can stay, even throwing in the Golden Rule, " Do unto other's." Finally mom relents and agrees that Mack can stay the night. Julius and Mack are overjoyed.
The happy duo play games and enjoy each other's company immensely. Julius's mom suggests that Mack sleeps in the tub overnight which is arranged. In the morning he is transported to the splash pool in the yard as Julius heads off to school for the day. But will Mack be safe and healthy there for any length of time? Is this the right thing to do? Perhaps Julius is being selfish and wants a cool pet no matter what the consequences.
Poor Mack's health takes a turn for the worse forcing Julius to make a decision. Should he try to nurse Mack back to normal himself or should he find an environment where Mack can thrive, be healthy and have friends of his own kind to play with? What a hard choice when you want with all your heart to keep Mack as your very own.
The book emphasizes friendship, problem solving and the necessity of returning animals to their proper environment. The illustrations are clear, expressive and colourful enriching the text greatly. This book will be a great catalyst to open up conversations about your intentions versus the good and right thing that has to be done. Sometimes you have to put your own desires aside and think about the well-being ( and survival ) of others. I like the message very much.
When Julius goes to school the next day all he can do is think about his friend at home in the swimming pool. But something is wrong with Mack. He needs salt water, not water in a backyard pool.
Even though Julius loves Mack and Mack loves Julius, they both realize they need to do what is best for each other. That means they cannot live together but can still be friends.
Beverly’s delightful children’s book is perfect to teach children that it is great to be friends with others that are different. It will also reinforce thinking of the needs of other people or octopuses before themselves. Like all good children’s books, it is a great springboard for more discussions with your children.
I loved this book. The story is cute, yet has underlying values that all children need. The illustrations are colorful and cute. It is a book that is likely to be read over and over again, each time the child and reader will love it.
DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a review copy for free from Netgalley and Buzzbooks in exchange for a fair and honest review.
I loved the illustrations of this book and appreciated the message that Pamela D. Beverly was trying to get across of how to be a good friend and care for others' needs, however it got slightly altered with the wordiness of the story.
This book is about a young boy, Julius, who befriends an octopus and decides to bring "Mack" back to his home. Julius soon finds out that Mack cannot live in a house like he does and has some very specific needs to live a happy and comfortable life. Julius and his mom try to find different solutions but ultimately realize Mack should be with other octopuses and in a native habitat. It's wonderful that Julius befriends Mack even though he looks very different and at first doesn't even see his differences. That is a great message to young children to accept everyone as they are. However, later in the story, the message gets muddled. For example, there is a moment where a character tells Julius even though Mack is not like you, you were there for him. This points out the difference in a more glaring light and almost makes the friendship temporary.
Another thing I noticed is that this book is very wordy, a bit too wordy for the age group it is targeting of 3-6. I think if it had been edited a bit further, the message would have actually come through clearer as I got a bit muddled in the beginning and end with the long pages in order to make everything rhyme.
The other situation I had a slight issue with is that Julius and his mother bring Mack to an aquarium rather than the sea, because the sea is <i>too far</i>. I understand it's so Julius can still see him more often and there are other octopuses in the aquarium, but if Julius found Mack elsewhere and his real home is the sea, he should really be returned to the sea. (Also, where did Julius find Mack to begin with? We will never know...)
Again, I could see where the author was trying to go with her message, but I myself got confused a bit which makes me think a child would be even more confused. A good first try at a children's book, and I'd be interested to read more stories from her in the future.
**I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.