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Octopus Shocktopus! is a brilliantly bonkers story about an octopus who lives on the roof, by two award-winning and bestselling picture book creators. A warm and witty rhyming story about welcoming newcomers. Sunglasses at the ready this book has zingy fluorescent ink on the cover and inside illustrations.
When a giant octopus arrives, the children LOVE their new friend; he makes the perfect slide and is fantastic at football! But some of the grown-ups aren’t so pleased. Will they drive him away . . . or will they realise just how helpful an octopus can be?
Octopus Shocktopus! by Peter Bently & Steven Lenton (Nosy Crow)
Written by Peter Bently
Illustrated by Steven Lenton
Published by Nosy Crow
One day, we found an octopus had come to live on top of us
Not everyone likes the octopus at first.
But it fives the car, makes a great slide, is fantastic
at football, and soon makes friends with EVERYONE!
So why does it suddenly DISAPPEAR one night?
Has it gone for good? Or is it about to give
everyone the biggest SHOCK of all?
Our thoughts on Octopus Shocktopus!
This is a bright and colourful book that will certainly be one that children are drawn to in the bookshop. Steven Lenton has worked harder to ensure that with each turn of the page the words of Peter Bently are brought to life and children (and parents alike) are keen to know more about the antics of the octopus and where he disappears to.
Where can I buy the Octopus Shocktopus! book?
The Octopus Shocktopus! book is available to buy from Amazon and all other good book retailers in Paperback and Hardback Edition.
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About The Author – Peter Bently
Peter Bently is the award-winning author of around seventy books for young children. He grew up in an army family and went to ten schools as far apart as Devon, Germany and Hong Kong. Both his parents told him bedtime stories (like the one about Mowberley, the boy who tunnelled to Australia) and he still believes this is crucial in developing a child’s imagination and creativity.
Over the years, Peter has been a journalist and a non-fiction book editor, but writing stories for children is the job he has enjoyed the most. They are often in rhyme, and often (he hopes) funny. His numerous books include King Jack and the Dragon (illustrated by Helen Oxenbury and shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal, as well as being an American Library Association Notable Book of the Year); Cats Ahoy! (illustrated by Jim Field and winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize); and cult classic The Great Dog Bottom Swap (illustrated by Mei Matsuoka). Peter has two children and lives in London with his wife Lucy and daughter Tara.
About The Illustrator – Steven Lenton
Steven Lenton hails from Cheshire and now works from his studio in Brighton, creating an array of charming characters for his books. Best known for illustrating Shifty McGifty series, written by Tracey Corderoy, he has illustrated many lovely books and wrote his first picture book with Nosy Crow, Princess Daisy and the Dragon and the Nincompoop Knights.
Steven also loves to visit schools, festivals and bookshops, encouraging and inspiring his audience to draw, giggle and create! He is also a children’s book blogger – just search for his name on YouTube. More information about him and his work can be found at stevenlenton.com.
Shortlisted for the BookTrust Storytime Prize 2021
Developed in partnership with libraries, local authorities and families, the BookTrust Storytime project will help disadvantaged families with young children engage with their local public library so that sharing stories becomes a regular and long-lasting part of family life. Copies of the shortlist will be distributed to all pilot libraries and used to encourage families to make repeat visits to their local library. The books will also be integrated into a raft of resources and activities available in a smaller number of libraries to help bring the magic of reading to life.
Peter Bently, author of Octopus Shocktopus! said: ‘BookTrust is a wonderful organisation that does so much brilliant work to support children’s reading and I am delighted and honoured that Octopus Shocktopus has been shortlisted for the 2021 BookTrust Storytime prize.’
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