Playful bedtime reading, with octopuses.
Protagonist Floyd is a rambunctious, anthropomorphic octopus child who’s quite a handful. Even with their combined 16 arms, his Mommy-O and OctoPop can’t contain him. Of course, “giggly, squiggly, oh-so-wiggly” Floyd has eight arms of his own, and they never stop moving. The characters’ anthropomorphism extends to the degree that they appear to live in a space that isn’t underwater (though perhaps it’s a submerged submarine of sorts?), and part of Floyd’s bedtime routine includes taking a bath. He fills a massive, three-tiered tub, and all three of them end up soaking wet. Tooth-brushing is a frothy mess, but getting Floyd into his pajamas proves the most challenging with so very many arms and armholes to negotiate. “Get ready for the nightly rumble…the OCTO PAJAMA TANGLE TUMBLE!” reads the emphatic type, and it takes two double-page spreads to get everyone sorted out. Throughout, Schwarz’s bright, cartoon art depicts the octopus family as rounded, downright cuddly beings in bright hues that capture the lively spirit of the text.
Silly, wiggly, giggly fun. (Picture book. 2-5)