Peter Bently and Steven Lenton
‘One day, we found an octopus / had come to live on top of us.’
What a wonderfully wacky notion and one that instantly grabs the reader’s attention – well, with those eight day-glo orange limbs and body what else would you expect?
Said octopus has descended upon the narrator’s neat-looking house on the cliffs causing consternation with neighbour, Mrs Antrobus who calls the fire-brigade.
However they fail to shift the creature and so it remains, limbs a-dangle and looking decidedly bored with life until the children invite it to play.
It’s great fun for all concerned and they quickly discover that there are lots of other advantages to having a gigantic octopus for a pal. (Pitch that one to a class of five year olds and see what they can come up with.)
But then comes the fateful day when the roof is bare save for the tidy rows of blue tiles. Tears are shed all round but worry not; a splendiferous finale awaits …
With themes of acceptance and friendship Peter Bently’s rhyming narrative is sheer delight to read aloud and Steven Lenton’s wacky scenes are a visual treat: the octopus’s eyes are just wonderful
and there’s SO much to explore on every spread. Make sure you peruse the endpapers too.
A treat from team Peter and Steven that’s bound to be requested over and over …