Publisher: Nosy Crow
One day, a huge pink octopus appears on the roof of a young family's house, and despite the fire brigade’s best efforts, it seems that it’s there to stay. Yet, when the local children challenge it to a game of football, the octopus is an enthusiastic player – as well as being a brilliant slide and rollercoaster. In fact, the octopus turns out to be a huge help through the whole year – clearing snow from driveways with its giant tentacles, finding toys stuck in trees and being a frankly spectacular Christmas tree. When the octopus disappears one day everyone is very sad – until it returns with an excellent surprise for everyone!
Peter Bently’s wonderfully crafted rhyming story is brilliant to read aloud, with a bouncy rhythm and hilarious vocabulary which will delight small listeners and is sure to become a regular favourite. It’s such an absurd notion that a giant octopus would arrive on a roof for no reason (and become so useful), but that’s the joy of this book, coupled with Steven Lenton’s colourful, characterful illustration – we really feel like we know Mrs Antrobus with her big hair curlers and slippers, and her diverse and friendly community – and the octopus itself, of course. It’s both a cosy and silly read, perfect for bedtime and any other time of the day when a story is needed.