The Snow Whale) and Mistry (Stories from the Silk Road) teach readers about the life cycle of an elusive ocean-dweller"/>

NICO'S OCTOPUS

Caroline Pitcher, Author, John W. Whelan, Author, Nilesh Mistry, Illustrator , illus. by Nilesh Mistry. Interlink/Crocodile $15.95 (32p) ISBN 978-1-56656-483-0

Pitcher (The Snow Whale) and Mistry (Stories from the Silk Road) teach readers about the life cycle of an elusive ocean-dweller in this agreeable story of a boy with a pet octopus. Set in what appears to be Greece, the book opens as Nico spies "an alien" in a fisherman's net: "It had rays of pink light streaming out behind it." Readers may be disappointed that the marvelous apparition can only be glimpsed within Mistry's realistic, full-spread rendering of a small Mediterranean dock. But a few spreads later, he offers a detailed view of the octopus in a bucket of sea water, which Nico uses to sneak the creature home. Kids will be intrigued by the octopus's behavior, as Pitcher describes how it can change color, recognize Nico, separate crab meat from the shell and so on. When the octopus stops eating (and finally "collapse[s] like a broken umbrella"), Nico is heartbroken until an old fisherman diagnoses the problem: the octopus has laid eggs. While the plot is a bit contrived, it packs a lot of easy-to-assimilate information, and the airy illustrations allow—and invite—plenty of close-up inspections. An endnote rounds out readers' understanding of the sea creature. Ages 4-8. (June)

Reviewed on: 06/30/2003
Release date: 03/01/2003
Show other formats
FORMATS
X
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Email Address

Password

Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email pw@pubservice.com with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.