Also an OctopusEvery story must start with a main character, and so we have an octopus--a ukulele-playing octopus wearing a cute knit cap. "But in order for it to be a story, and not just an octopus, that octopus needs to want something." Here, our octopus wants a rocket ship, "a totally awesome shining purple spaceship capable of intergalactic travel." But don't be fooled--you can't just go down to your local store and buy one; you have to make one.
by Maggie Tokuda-Hall
illustrated by Benji Davies
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|"I'm not really qualified to build a spaceship...But it does smell like waffles! So that's nice."|
Young writers will see how a character's desire and the obstacles it faces are key to keeping a story moving. What makes this story stand out is how the narrator's instructions are blended with silly examples and punchy humor. Just look at the rocket scientists who come along to join the octopus's band.
|"Rocket scientists who don't just build rocket ships--they also play the saxophone, tambourine, trumpet and lute!"|
"So what happens next?A perfect invitation for kids to tell their own stories, this will make a delightful read-aloud at home, in the library or at school.
That's up to you.
When one story ends, it's just making room for another story to begin."
Illustrations copyright © Benji Davies, 2016, shared with permission of the publisher. The review copy was kindly sent by the publisher, Candlewick Press. If you make a purchase using the Amazon links on this site, a small portion goes to Great Kid Books. Thank you for your support.
©2016 Mary Ann Scheuer, Great Kid Books