Book of the Week: Squid and Octopus Friends for AlwaysThe

Squid and Octopus Friends for Always by Tao Nyeu

Published: 2012 by Dial Books

Reason why I liked this book, and chose it as Book of the Week:

I love that there are four stories featured in this one picture book.

These four stories are all unique and all are extremely fun.

The stories featured in this picture chapter book are: The Quarrel, The Dream, The Hat, and The Fortune Cookie.

I love how Squid is a knitter and Octopus an artist. They are both creative and inspiring (inspiring at least to me being that I can’t knit, not create anything art wise).

Squid has a pet fish (that lives in a fish bowl…of course!) and Octopus has a pet lobster.

I love how the first story show that friends will disagree sometimes, and that’s okay. Even if you do quarrel a bit.

Even though friends disagree this first story also shows that some silly quarrel isn’t worth losing a good friend.

Friendship always triumphs in the end.

The story illustrates how we all view the world differently. Why? Because we’re all different and unique.

Lesson learned: agree to disagree.

I love how Squid and Octopus quarrel over such silly things. Squid insists they wear socks, while Octopus insists they wear mittens. I think this shows that most squabbles among children are often silly.

Even though the stories are told with a squid and octopus as the main characters, the stories are relatable and realistic.

The second story, The Dream, takes readers on an adventure through Squid’s dream.

He dreams he can fly high in the sky, he dreams he’s the world’s strong squid able to life a whale above his head, and he dreams he has x-ray vision and is able to see inside the sea cruise line.

I love how this story shows readers how sometimes we don’t see all the good and super aspects  that live inside of ourselves. Sometimes it takes a good friend to point it out to us.

Octopus isn’t a good friend … he’s a GREAT one.

The third story, The Hat, reminds me of the story of Chicken Little. However, instead of the sky falling, a cowboy boot falls from the sky above.

I love what Octopus’ friends think the cowboy boot is. He things it’s a hat, one friend thinks it’s a soup bowl.

The sight of an octopus wearing a cowboy hat is funny. Laugh out loud kind of funny.

The pet lobster wears a fedora.

Not only sea creatures are found in Squid and Octopus’ underwater world, but other creatures like a white bunny wearing swimming flippers, a scarf, and snorkel goggles are also present.

The story celebrates the characters differences yet still manages to show their similarities.

The last story, The Fortune Cookie, I think shows the risk one takes when cracking open that fortune. To quote Octopus “Well, the fortune could be good or the fortune could be bad.”

Squid inks himself (and Octopus)  out of fear of a bad fortune.

Doing something with a friend is always more fun.

I love how these two friends make an adventure out of anything and everything. Like opening a fortune cookie for example.

The book as a whole is amazing. I love how imaginative it is.

The writing is superb. Author Tao Nyeu’s writing is vivid and colorful. Besides that it is super smart and does not underestimate her potential young readers.

I love how the whole book is illustrated in various shades of blue, green, white, orange, and yellow.

The illustrations are beautiful, and to be honest they are what drew me to the book in the first place. Readers will find skilled artistry among the pages.

I think this is a book true art loves will really appreciate.