Octopuses! (Hardcover)

Strange and Wonderful

By Laurence Pringle, Meryl Learnihan Henderson (Illustrator)

Boyds Mills Press, 9781590789285, 32pp.

Publication Date: April 7, 2015

List Price: 17.99*
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Did you know that octopuses can eject ink in the shape of a ghostly octopus or detach a wiggling arm while jetting away to safety? Or that their skin can change color for camouflage? Octopuses are the subject of this latest installment of the successful Strange and Wonderful series. Covering the entire life cycle of these mysterious ocean dwellers and their anatomical details and behavioral quirks, Laurence Pringle's investigation of octopuses is both a comprehensive and accessible introduction and resource.

About the Author

Laurence Pringle has written more than one hundred books for children and teenagers, many of them award-winning science titles. Internationally, his books have sold more than three million copies. He and his family live in West Nyack, New York.

Meryl Henderson has illustrated a number of books for children. She is a regular contributor to Highlights for Children. She lives in Hunter, New York.

Praise For Octopuses!: Strange and Wonderful

Pringle compresses a surprising amount of factual material into this informational picture book. His writing style flows well, with details smoothly woven into a cohesive read. . . . Henderson's charming watercolor artwork effectively reinforces the material within the text. . . . A worthy introduction.' —School Library Journal

A veteran science writer introduces the most intelligent invertebrate of all, the octopus, master of camouflage. . . . The author covers the basics of size and shape, habitat, feeding, relations with humans, survival mechanisms and reproduction in a smooth narrative that flows from page to page, carrying readers along. Like most titles in the Strange and Wonderful series, this inviting introduction is graced with Henderson's detailed and accurate watercolor illustrations. . . . A glossary, index and suggestions for further reading and Web research conclude this stellar example of nonfiction for middle-grade readers. Pringle inks another winner in a long series of engaging, informative invitations to explore the natural world.' —Kirkus Reviews, starred review