Monday, June 24, 2013

Cowboy and Octopus

Cover art for COWBOY & OCTOPUS

Author: Jon Scieszka
Illustrator:   Lane Smith
Publisher:  Viking
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.

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