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Title:
Good thing you're not an octopus!
Author:
Markes, Julie.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : HarperCollins, 2001.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Summary:
A little boy finds that his life is pretty easy compared to how it might be.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.2 0.5 46499.
Added Author:
ISBN:
9780060284657

9780060284664
Format :
Book

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Summary

It"s a good thing
you're not an
octopus!

If you were an octopus, you would have eight legs to put into your pants!

Follow one little boy through his day as he playfully considers how mealtime, bath time, nap time, and many other activities would be different if he were a bird, a tiger, or any number of baby animals. At the end of the day he realizes that the best thing of all is to be himself!

Julie Markes's first picture book is charmingly illustrated by Maggie Smith.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-5. Like many young children, the little boy in this picture book has evidently protested against taking a nap, riding in his car seat, brushing his teeth, and so on. The sensible text answers his complaints through comparison. "You don't like to get dressed in the morning? / It's a good thing you're not an octopus. / If you were an octopus, you would have eight legs to put in your pants." The three accompanying illustrations show a pajama-clad child as his mother hands him his clothes, an octopus in the wild, and the same octopus looking a bit worried as he sits beside the child and attempts to put on many-legged pants. Children will enjoy the visual humor, which juxtaposes the familiar and the bizarre to achieve the silliness that preschoolers best appreciate. Warm, rich colors brighten the line-and-watercolor illustrations. Fun to read aloud. --Carolyn Phelan


Publisher's Weekly Review

First-time author Markes serves up a bit of inventive psychology for dealing with an uncooperative child in this subtle picture book. The unseen caretaker of a preschooler with a penchant for eschewing any idea of a daily routine presents the boy with alternate scenarios that make his own lot seem palatable. As the pajama-clad protagonist grins from beneath his bed covers, the narrative reads, "You don't like to get dressed in the morning?/ It's a good thing you're not an octopus./ If you were an octopus, you would have eight legs to put in your pants!" The boy then envisions an octopus struggling to get dressed on the bed next to him. Similar scenes unfold as the boy realizes that being himself--and doing what's asked of him--is better than being any of the animal characters he imagines. In a simple question-and-answer format, Markes addresses a common and frustrating challenge for parents and suggests a disarming, nonconfrontational solution. Smith (There's a Witch Under the Stairs) uses a crisp watercolor palette to depict a realistic setting filled with child-friendly touches (car seat, bright toys and books) and lots of humor. (Don't miss the shark brushing its teeth.) Ages 3-6. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

PreS-A delightful romp with a little boy who is reluctant to do those daily activities that are part of a preschooler's learning experience. As readers follow him and his stuffed frog through the day, comparisons to various animals are drawn. As he struggles to get dressed, the narrative reads, "If you were an octopus, you would have eight legs to put in your pants!" The accompanying illustration shows an exasperated octopus looking troubled at his attempt to accomplish this feat. Other comparisons include a caterpillar trying to put on 16 shoes, a shark brushing 200 teeth, and a bear having to nap all winter long. All conclude with the refrain, "It's a good thing you're not a-." In the end, the preschooler's challenges are summed up with "It's a good thing you're you!" Just enough science information for preschoolers to absorb is presented simply and entertainingly and Smith's watercolor illustrations in bright, bold colors are whimsical and charming. The ridiculousness of the animals in the boy's situation will not be lost on this age group and will prompt laughter all around.-Patti Gonzales, Los Angeles Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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