Octopus coverOne day, we found an octopus
had come to live on top of us.

When a giant octopus arrives, the children LOVE their new friend: he makes the perfect slide and is fantastic at football! But some of the grown-ups aren’t so pleased. Will they drive away their spectacular, tentacular chum … or will they realise just how helpful and fun an octopus can be?

Winner of several awards including the national 2022 Children’s Book Award, Octopus Shocktopus! is magnificently illustrated in glorious day-glo Octocolor©® by the brilliant Steven Lenton. Steven also illustrated our new picture book version of The Hundred and One Dalmatians, and our 2019 World Book Day title Cruella and Cadpig.

Octopus Shocktopus! is published by the good folks at Nosy Crow.

download“Witty rhyming fun, perfect for reading aloud.” – Sunday Express, UK.

“Sure to be a winner with children – the rhyming text is fantastic to read aloud and the quirky story makes it impossible to guess what will happen next.” – Scottish Book Trust, top ten new picture books for summer 2020

“This glorious picture book…. Illustrator Steven Lenton rises brilliantly to all the challenges set by Peter Bently’s ingenious rhymes depicting the various ways in which the octopus helps around the house – often eight different activities at a time, plus one very special octo-tastic Christmas tree. Making friends has never been so much fun and it all comes to a wonderfully octopussy conclusion too. Fabulous!” – LoveReading4Kids, full review here

WINNER of Federation of Children’s Book Groups Children’s Book Award 2022 (Winner of the Early Years Category; winner of the overall prize.)

WINNER of the Cogan Friendship Picture Book Award 2022

Shortlisted for the BookTrust Storytime Prize 2021

Shortlisted for the Laugh Out Loud awards (LOLLIES) 2022

WINNER of the Teach Early Years Picture Book Award 2020




Octopus cover

ISBN: 9781788002684