Cowboy and Octopus

by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith

The dynamic duo of Scieszka and Smith offer another offbeat tale—this time... read more

The dynamic duo of Scieszka and Smith offer another offbeat tale—this time featuring the unusual twosome of Cowboy and Octopus. Cowboy and Octopus meet on a playground when Octopus offers to help Cowboy utilize the teeter-totter. Deciding that they should be friends, they shake on it. And shake and shake and shake and shake and shake and shake and shake. Their friendship has a few peculiarities, such as Octopus not being too fond of Cowboy’s favorite meal of beans and bacon and Cowboy not understanding how to respond to Octopus’s knock-knock jokes. While the two have different opinions, they also have a real good time together. The wacky jokes in this story are complemented perfectly by the collage illustrations made from paper dolls, cartoon cutouts, photos, and fabric. (Ages 5–9)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2008

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