Thursday, March 7, 2019

Wee Reads: Octopus Escapes by Nathaniel Lachenmeyer

Ever since Finn was born, and even before then, we would read to him. We wanted to show him reading from an early age. Now he loves us to read the same books, over, and over, and over. But it is the sweetest thing, when he likes to pick out a book and climb into our laps. 

Octopus EscapesOctopus Escapes by Nathaniel Lachenmeyer

Told in rhyming couplets, Octopus Escapes is a story that keeps up with Octopus and a security guard who is outsmarted at every turn. A sure bet for read-aloud fun, this entertaining maraud through the amphibious exhibits also includes fun facts about cephalopods. This fun fanciful story is shored up with real information about octopuses and depicts how they move and sneak. With a blend of kid-appeal and fun facts, this engaging story creatively uses sound words, easily enticing repeat readings

Do you like this book?

Eh, not really. It looked funny.

What's your favorite part of the book?

When the octopus inked on the shark! And he splashed the penguins!

What do you think of the cover?

I like the octopus. And he's making a funny face. 

The only reason Finn says Nah is because the book was completely difficult to read on the kindle. It was out of order and the words were weird. 


This book was short but quite funny. It would have been a lot better if it was in order and easier to read. 

The artwork is interesting, I can't really decide if I like it or not. It looks like a kid drew it, which is normally a good thing but this just looks kind of awkward.

I received an e-book to review and it in no way effects my review.

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I am an award-winning author of books for children and adults. My published books include The Outsider, Octopus Escapes, The Origami Master, and Broken Beaks. My forthcoming books include my first all-ages graphic novel The Singing Rock and Other Brand-New Fairy Tales, which is being published by First Second, an imprint of Roaring Brook Press, June 18, 20189.

Between 2000-2007, I presented 80+ keynotes and lectures on mental health and homeless issues at universities, hospitals, and mental health centers across the US, Canada, Sweden, and Australia.

Media appearances include: NPR's "Fresh Air", "All Things Considered Weekend Edition," WNYC's "The Leonard Lopate Show." 

I live outside of Atlanta with my wife, our two wonderful, inspiring children, and a menagerie of pets. My hobbies include collecting classic movie autographs and original illustration art.


  1. The pages were out of order? That's weird.

  2. It is hard to read picture books on the Kindle. I am so glad that Finn is loving reading. I started reading to my kids at an early early age as well. They are 10 and 8 now and both are avid readers, especially my ten year old daughter. Nothing makes me happier.


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