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I Am Not an Octopus

Eoin McLaughlin, Marc Boutavant (Illustrator)


List Price: 18.99*
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Can a scaredy octopus in denial embrace his true identity? A goofy octopod finally dares to take the plunge—and dip his tentacles into the water he fears.

Terry is definitely not an octopus. He’s just a regular guy who happens to have a few extra limbs and a love of canned tuna. But again, he is NOT an octopus. If he were an octopus, he’d be living in the ocean, right? Not to mention going to Super Octopus Fantasea Adventure World. He definitely wouldn't be on land, unless he was afraid of the water. Which he absolutely isn’t! OK, maybe, just maybe, it’s time he learned how to swim? Kids will smile at this very silly story about being brave, facing your fears, and accepting who you really are.

Praise For I Am Not an Octopus

The interactive text is dramatic and funny—and sure to affirm readers with their own worries. . . . An engaging and humorous lesson about diving in and facing your worst fears.
—Kirkus Reviews

Candlewick, 9781536225051, 32pp.

Publication Date: February 14, 2023

About the Author

Eoin McLaughlin is a picture book author whose books include The Hug, illustrated by Polly Dunbar, and Secret Agent Elephant, illustrated by Ross Collins. When he is not writing for children, Eoin McLaughlin works as a television copywriter. Born in Ireland, he has lived in Amsterdam and New York and now lives in London with his family.

Marc Boutavant is an award-winning graphic artist, illustrator, and comic-book author. He is the creator of Around the World with Mouk and has illustrated numerous children's books, including What Happens Next? by Nicola Davies; Edmond, The Thing by Astrid Desbordes; and Never Tickle a Tiger by Pamela Butchart. Born in Bourgogne, France, Marc Boutavant now lives in Paris.