Early Lit Bits: Book Review – “Thank You, Octopus”

Thank You, Octopus by Darren Farrell

Bedtime ahoy! In this silly story, we find that Octopus might not be the best choice for getting his little buddy ready for bed. Octopus helps brush teeth with a paint brush and attempts to rock (and roll) Buddy to sleep. The action takes place on a boat and colorful, quirky illustrations carry the nautical theme throughout the book. Invite your child to respond as you read together. They will likely be repeating, “No thank you, Octopus” by the end of the story. Talk about the pictures and ask your child what Octopus should really be doing at bedtime. Can you think of a funny way to change one of your bedtime routines? Reading a bedtime story each night and talking together are fantastic ways to get your child ready to read!

— Liz W. at KDL’s Plainfield Township Branch


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Written by Shelley


Shelley is an Adult Reference Librarian at the KDL Wyoming Branch. She also runs the Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped. She loves to read teen paranormal books because they help her feel young again!

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One Response to “Early Lit Bits: Book Review – “Thank You, Octopus””

  1. Darren Farrell Says:

    Hi Liz and Shelly,

    Thank you for the review. I hope the families
    in your community enjoyed (and continue to
    enjoy) Thank You, Octopus!