AN OCTOPUS FOLLOWED ME HOME by Dan Yaccarino

AN OCTOPUS FOLLOWED ME HOME

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Age Range: 3 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

 Assembling a menagerie of pets to perturb parents is nothing new, found in Steven Kellogg's Can I Keep Him? (1971) and Jake Wolf's Daddy Could I Have an Elephant? (1996), to name two. Superb illustrations make this take on the idea especially memorable. Yaccarino (see review above) keeps the plot simple: When a girl drags home an octopus, her dad decides the eight-legger is one pet too many. He points out that she's already collected the mountain goats on the roof, a bear snoozing behind the sofa, and a refrigerator full of penguins. Reluctantly, the little girl tosses her pal back into the briny deep. She's sad, but not for long; during the return trip, a dinosaur follows her home. The lumpy animal portraits are perfect at conveying the larger animals' bulk; the creatures packed into one room look like escaped balloons from Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Smaller creatures are painted creatively, too: Penguins line the refrigerator rack like a row of bowling pins, and rabbits appear to be part bunny, part carrot. (Picture book. 3-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1997
ISBN: 0-670-87401-9
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Viking
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 1997




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