If I Had An Octopus

The duo behind If I Had a Dinosaur, If I Had a Sleepy Sloth, and If I Had a Unicorn are back at it! Gabby Dawnay and Alex Barrow have struck gold again with the fourth installment in the “If I Had A” series, If I Had An Octopus.

In If I had an Octopus we follow our familiar narrator, a young Black girl who imagines what it would be like to have an outlandish pet. Just like the previous titles, this book is packed with imagination, as we learn all the adventures a young girl would take if she only had a pet octopus. The lyrical text makes it a perfect read-aloud sure to entertain young readers.

The illustrations by Alex Barrow are absolutely adorable and perfectly capture all the hijinks our narrator and her imaginary pet get into — from silly multitasking to eight-legged hugs.

I really appreciated that If I Had An Octopus included a few interesting facts about octopi that readers (young and old) may not know. I for one didn’t know that an octopus has three hearts until I read this book. You learn something new every day!

If I Had An Octopus is available now wherever books are sold, including Bookshop and Amazon. (Please note: Some links provided are affiliate links. Affiliate links allow me to receive a small commission for recommendations at no cost to you. This commission is used to maintain this site and to continue bringing content to you. I always appreciate your support!)

Gabby Dawnay is a best-selling author based in London. To learn more about her and her work, please visit her website at gabbydawnay.blogspot.com.

Alex Barrow is an illustrator, art director, and regular contributor to OKIDO magazine. Please visit his website alexbarrow.co.uk to learn more about him and his work.

I would like to thank Thames & Hudson for providing me with a review copy of this book. I am so pleased to see this series continue!

Have you read If I Had an Octopus, or any of the books in the series? Which is your favorite? Leave a comment below to tell me what you thought.

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This Small Blue Dot – A Sister’s Welcome to The World

I am so excited to share This Small Blue Dot By Zeno Sworder with you all today!

Zeno Sworder was inspired to write This Small Blue Dot when his daughter struggled to find picture books with characters who looked like her.

This heartfelt picture book is all about a little girl welcoming a new sibling to the world. Our narrator shares everything she’s learned so far, from the billions of stars and planets, to her thoughts on broccoli.

Though it’s told from a child’s perspective, This Small Blue Dot effortlessly handles so much knowledge and wisdom! There are life lessons included that even some adults may need a reminder of, such as mindfulness and the importance of caring for our planet. From silly dances to dark days, this book truly captures the human experience.

The illustrations in This Small Blue Dot are unlike any I’ve seen before. I loved the contrasting combination of pencil and crayon, and the crayons immediately brought me back to memories of my own childhood.

This Small Blue Dot officially releases next week (January 12, 2021), but you can preorder it today wherever books are sold, including Bookshop and Amazon. (Please note: These are affiliate links. These links allow me to receive a small commission with no additional cost to you. This commission is used to maintain this site and continue bringing you content.)

To see more of Zeno Sworder’s work, be sure to visit his website, zenosworder.com.

I would also like to Thames and Hudson for generously providing me with a review copy of This Small Blue Dot in exchange for an honest review.

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