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COWBOY & OCTOPUS by Jon Scieszka

COWBOY & OCTOPUS

By Jon Scieszka (Author) , Lane Smith (Illustrator)

Age Range: 6 - 8

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-670-91058-8
Publisher: Viking

The Dynamic Duo set a new standard for unlikely pals in seven mini-tales on the ins and outs—and responsibilities—of buddyhood. The friendship that develops between bulbous blue Octopus and dim-bulb Cowboy begins when Octopus demonstrates that a seesaw works so much better with someone at each end. It survives every ensuing challenge, from a multi-course dinner of disgusting (to Octopus) beans and bacon, bacon and beans and just plain beans to Cowboy’s honest, if undiplomatic, opinion that Octopus’s new hat “looks like something my horse dropped behind him.” Paper-doll cut-outs, the square-jawed cowboy and rubbery octopus almost never change, despite being placed in wildly varied settings assembled from clipped photos, newspaper and wallpaper. And despite vast differences between the retiring, mannerly mollusk and his extroverted bud, the two get along famously. How? It’s usually clear enough, but for truly clueless readers, Octopus is generally good for a pithy summation. (Picture book. 6-8)