Agnes has a beak that can crush bones and arms and stretch wide as a car―but that doesn’t make her a monster! After she comes across a postcard, Agnes, a giant Pacific octopus, strikes up a correspondence with various other creatures below―and above―the waves. Readers will delight in this unlikely introduction to the octopus life cycle.
This was a very fun idea, and has a lot of information about octopuses. However, the format made it difficult for my four-year-old to follow. It’s a cute book, so maybe we’ll try again in a few years!
Irene Latham is the author of more than a dozen current and forthcoming books, including two novels for children: <i>Leaving Gee’s Bend</i> and <i>Don’t Feed the Boy</i>. Winner of the 2016 ILA Lee Bennett Hopkins Promising Poet Award, her poetry books for children include <i>Dear Wandering Wildebeest</i>, <i>When the Sun Shines on Antarctica</i>, <i>Fresh Delicious</i> and <i>Can I Touch Your Hair?</i> (co-written with Charles Waters). Irene lives in Birmingham, Alabama with her family where she does her best to “live her poem” every single day by laughing, playing the cello, and walking in the woods.
<p><strong>Thea Baker</strong> is an award-winning children’s book illustrator from Somerset, England. She currently lives in Australia, where she encounters many a mollusk along the beautiful coastline. Although fascinated by ocean life and a keen snorkeler, when it comes to deep water, she prefers to make observations by boat. Find her online at www.theabaker.com.</p>