Book of the Week: Octopus Alone

Octopus Alone by Divya Srinivasan

Published: 2013 by Viking Children’s

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

I love books about sea creatures.

The end pages are colorful and engaging. I can see the many fish that are identified being spotted throughout the book by young readers.

I particularly love the fairy basslets. Oh, and the puffer fish. But who doesn’t love a good puffer fish?!?

Octopus Alone is illustrating is subtle shades of sea green. I approve!

The shade of green gives a calm, almost serene feeling to the book.

Octopus is a shy, she much rather spend her days watching the action rather than be at the center of it.

The three seahorses, who are oddly fascinated with Octopus, don’t quite understand. When Octopus tries to shoo them away with her many legs they thing she wants to play with them.

Crazy seahorses!

Octopus has no choice but to leave the comforts of her cave in the hopes of finding a new, quieter one.

Octopus can change colors! She starts our as a vivid orange but when she leaves her cave and enters the underwater garden she quickly transforms into a beautiful green! She changes colors to hide from the other fish.

In all honestly, I had to look about the page for a good long second to find her.

In the wilds of the sea Octopus sees many kinds of sea creatures and fish: domino fish, sharks, and even sea snakes (which I imagine are not as friendly looking or as cute as author/illustrator Divya Srinivasan has portrayed here.)

Just when Octopus things she’s safe, she spies three very familiar looking sea horses coming towards her. Good thing she can change color so quickly.

Seahorses like to have fun. They twirl about, they wiggled in all directions, and they even did somersaults.

Octopus found them delightful to watch. So do I.

Octopus is very curious, and full of wonder.

She finally understands why the three seahorses are oddly fascinated with her. When Octopus spies luminous jelly fish drifting far and away, she wonders where they are going.

I love, love, love the illustration where Octopus is shown gazing at the jelly fish. She’s a soft rose pink and she looks as if she’s floating atop a bed of blue and green starfish. It’s so incredibly beautiful.

All the illustrations that fill this book are incredibly beautiful.

Octopus’ three little seahorse friends were not very far behind. They had followed her. Scared, she inked them and went on her merry way.

This book sheds light on what life in the ocean may be like. There are things to wonder over, and other things like crab traps to be fearful of.

Octopus swam and swam until she was the only creature.  There was nothing and no one watching her, there was nothing and no one to hide from.

Finally alone, Octopus danced around like the seahorses. She wiggled, she twirled, and she even did somersaults!

But then she heard a rumbling and a whoosh! as a whale swam up and out of the water.

Alone Octopus had time to reflect on her new life alone. The more she reflected the more she missed the lively reef in which she lived. She missed the sea snakes, and the domino fish. But most of all she missed the three silly seahorses.

Octopus realizes that home is where the heart is, and that there really is no place like home.

She quickly swims back to her home in the ocean garden. And was welcomed by all the creatures she knows and loves.

I love how this book is about friends in a way.

The writing that fills Octopus Alone is strong, engaging, and whimsical.

This is the kind of book that readers of all ages will, not only enjoy, but will easily relate to.

This book makes me want to visit the aquarium.