Monday, June 24, 2013
Cowboy and Octopus
Author: Jon Scieszka
Illustrator: Lane Smith
Publication Year: 2007
Location: Knox County Public Library- Powell
Awards: School Library Journal and Horn Book starred reviews
Summary: Cowboy and Octopus are unlikely pals (even the endpapers and the dedications show their differences). In these seven small stories, they meet, work together, eat baked beans, dress up for Halloween, explore the weather, tell jokes, and appreciate (or not) each other's hats. Silly but sometimes profound fun! Lane Smiths' "collage" creations illustrate the story perfectly (surreal but nice).
Classroom Ideas: This book has a great theme of appreciating people for their individuality and looking beyond the outside. If you can't figure out the themes, Octopus will point them out for you- great introduction to the idea of theme or moral for younger readers.