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Publication date: 02 Jul 2020
ISBN: 9781788002684
Size: 270 x 240 mm
Length: 32 pages
Picture Books

Octopus Shocktopus!


A brilliantly bonkers story about an octopus who lives on the roof, by two award-winning and bestselling picture book creators.

When a giant octopus arrives, the children LOVE their new friend; he makes the perfect slide and is fantastic at football! But some of the grown-ups aren’t so pleased. Will they drive him away . . . or will they realise just how helpful an octopus can be?

A warm and witty rhyming story about welcoming newcomers. Sunglasses at the ready – this book has zingy fluorescent ink on the cover and inside illustrations.

Peter Bently has won the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and his book with Helen Oxenbury, King Jack and the Dragon, was named an American Library Association Notable Book of the Year.

Steven Lenton is the illustrator of the Shifty McGifty series by Tracey Corderoy, and also illustrates books by David Baddiel and Frank Cottrell-Boyce. His books have won awards such as the Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Award and have been selected for the WHSmith’s Children’s Book of the Year and Tom Fletcher Book Club.

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“A fabulously bananas ride from a picture book dream team.”

-Fiona Noble, The Bookseller

“The charming story of an octopus who children adore but adults deplore, Bently and Lenton’s picture Books is a heartwarming winner.”


“Witty rhyming fun., perfect for reading aloud.”

-Charlotte Heathcote, Sunday Express S Magazine

“Peter Bently’s wonderfully crafted rhyming story is brilliant to read aloud.”

“With an underlying message of friendship and acceptance, especially towards those who are different to ourselves, this is just one of those books that we’ll read over and over again.”

-We(e) Read(s) (blog)

“Octopus Shocktopus is such a fun book from beginning to end.”

“With a rhyming text and bright artwork, this is full of humour.”

Mini Travellers (blog)

“A treat from team Peter and Steven that’s bound to be requested over and over.”

Red Reading Hub (blog)

“This is an absolutely joyous read. It’s got a perfect balance between zany and down to earth in both the text and the art – I think this is going to be a real favourite for storytime!”

“This book will encourage you to cast aside any worries and participate in five minutes of shared, carefree reading. It will make you feel as light as the breeze and as giddy as a day at the funfair. After all, anything is possible, right?”

“This book needs to be on every bookshelf.”


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