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Octopants by Suzy Senior & Claire Powell

An octopus tells us about his struggle to find ‘octopants’ in this fun to read rhyming story which had us turning the pages to see how he would find a solution to his problem.

The Story: An octopus is trying to find octopants that will fit him. Nobody in town can help him and online shopping is unsuccessful but then he discovers the Under-Sea Emporium. The shop sells all sorts of clothing and with the help of the owner the octopus realises that he’s been looking for the wrong item of clothing all along so he buys something else…

Octopants, with its fun, rhyming text, had us turning the pages to see whether the octopus would find a pair of underpants that would suit him, it’s not easy to find clothes when you have eight legs! Before we turned the last page we spent some time trying to guess what he would buy. Suffice it to say that the octopus was happy with his purchase and we think he looks pretty good too!

Claire Powell’s colourful underwater illustrations are full of humorous detail, the sea creatures, even the fish, have all found underpants that fit them. The octopus is a friendly endearing character and we can really sympathise with his frustration and sadness, even a squid and a turtle have found underpants to wear! The shops in town are cleverly named but we did feel sorry for the octopus when the shopkeepers laughed at him. In comparison, the seahorse at the Under-Sea Emporium is very helpful and with his guidance the octopus realises that octopants are not what he needs. Our favourite spread shows the two creatures swimming through the shop which has an amazing selection and we particularly love the urchin’s onesies and the jellyfish jewellery.

Octopants is fun to read and very entertaining, we love the final spread showing a very happy octopus. The story gives lots of opportunities for talking about colour, items of clothing and counting different kinds of sea creature. It would be a great story to include in an Ocean topic in an Early Years classroom.

Author: Suzy Senior / Illustrator: Claire Powell

Thank you to Little Tiger Press for sending Octopants, we love the fun to read rhyming text and the humour in the illustrations.

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22 responses to “Octopants by Suzy Senior & Claire Powell”

  1. Carol avatar

    It sounds like such a cute idea for a book! #MMBC

    1. Catherine avatar

      Cute and very amusing 🙂

  2. Kate Eccles avatar

    I’ve seen a lot about this one recently and love the look of the illustrations, Certainly one for our list 🙂 #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s brilliant and a really kid friendly topic 🙂

  3. nic@nipitinthebud avatar

    This sounds like a real giggle and who doesn’t love a story with colourful pants in it!

    1. Catherine avatar

      It is very amusing and there are pants of all colours, we like to choose our favourite pants when we read 🙂

  4. Erin Ek Rush avatar

    That looks really cute! My kids think anything to do with pants is oh-so-funny! The illustrations look really nice too! #TriedTested

    1. Catherine avatar

      The illustrations are lovely and so full of colour 🙂

  5. Fiona Cambouropoulos avatar

    What a cute story with a real fun element #TriedTested

    1. Catherine avatar

      It is! Cute, simple and very amusing 🙂

  6. Yet Another Blogging Mummy avatar

    Sounds such a fun read. Yes I can imagine that it must be difficult to find pants when you have 8 legs #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      But he does find a great item of clothing for an octopus!

  7. Kim Carberry avatar

    hehehe. This sounds like a really fun book. I love that he went online shopping. How modern. x

    1. Catherine avatar

      The online shopping illustration is one of our favourites 🙂

  8. Sarah MumofThree World avatar

    This looks like a very funny book for little ones. Anything with pants in is always a hit!

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s really funny seeing fish wearing pants!!

  9. Kate avatar

    This looks such fun! When we giggle we learn so it looks great #MMBC

    1. Catherine avatar

      There are lots of details in the illustrations that make us giggle 🙂

  10. chantelle hazelden avatar
    chantelle hazelden

    My youngest would be highly entertained by this book!! Very funny indeed #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s brilliant! We’ve never met an embarrassed octopus in a picture book before!!

  11. Jayne @ Sticky Mud and Belly Laughs avatar

    What a fun story! My boys are big fans of the rhyming books. I wonder what Octopus bought in the end?

    Thanks for sharing with #MMBC. x

    1. Catherine avatar

      You’ll have to read the book to find out what the octopus bought, we didn’t guess correctly!