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Octicorn Party!

Written by Kevin Diller and Justin Lowe & illustrated by Tian Mulholland
Published by Balzer + Bray
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Goodreads Rating - 4.0 / 5.0
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Mar 31, 2020
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What Does Bookroo Think of Octicorn Party!

“While its simple illustrations (still) won’t appeal to everyone, this sequel is true to the humor and character that delighted many readers.”

Octicorn wants to have a party, but he doesn’t want to have a catastrophe—which is sure to ensue if no one shows up to his party. He sets out inviting guests, starting with Unicorn, then inviting a handful of others, including Turtle, Beaver, and Lion. Octicorn celebrates each guest’s acceptance of his invitation until he realizes that their conditions of acceptance conflict: Turtle wants a party where no one talks, but “Unicorn will talk Turtle right back into his shell,” and Lion “will probably show up and try to eat the other guests!” Just when it seems Octicorn will have to call off the party, he changes it from a pool party to a “do what you want, be who you are, no matter what anyone else thinks, party.” Fans of Octicorn, first introduced in Hello, My Name Is Octicorn, will enjoy this sequel, which offers many of the same elements: clever humor, a creative character, and very simple illustrations. Details from the original story are also incorporated, including Octicorn’s love of cupcakes, his stereo, and his interest in being part of a party. For others, the book’s style will feel unprofessional and unappealing, with the childish design of Octicorn and his guests and the bare simplicity of the pages.

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Publisher Summary

In this utterly charming sequel to the popular Hello, My Name Is Octicorn, Octi learns that he can’t please everyone. . . . but he can encourage everyone to just be themselves.

Octicorn dreams of having a pool party. But what if no one comes? That would be the most embarrassing thing ever! So Octi sets out to have a party that will make everyone happy―until he realizes that may just be a disaster waiting to happen.

Octicorn Party! is for anyone who’s ever felt just a little bit different . . . which, as it turns out, is pretty much all of us.

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What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • Octicorn wants to have a party, but he’s worried about how it might turn out. In the end, he decides to throw the party, and it is a success. Have you ever worried how something you want to try might turn out?

  • Octicorn says that a catastrophe is worse than being caught in a pickle. This is a good opportunity to talk with your young reader about this new vocabulary word.

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Who Wrote Octicorn Party!

Kevin Diller

Kevin Diller is a writer and producer who lives in Portland, OR, with his wife and two kids.

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Justin Lowe

Justin Lowe is an artist and filmmaker who somehow entered adulthood with his childlike imagination entirely intact. Over a decade ago now, Justin took Sharpie to paper and combined an octopus with a unicorn.

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Who Illustrated Octicorn Party!

Tian Mulholland

Tian Mulholland is an artist and creative director at an advertising agency in Portland, OR. He lives in Vancouver, WA, with his wife and three kids. Octicorn Party! is his picture book debut.

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Kevin Diller's Book Dedication

For Frankie and Milo, of course

Tian Mulholland's Book Dedication

For Sara, Karen, Owen, Evan, Mom, and Nana

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Publication Date:
March 31, 2020

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