Cowboy & Octopus
Jon Scieszka
Viking Juvenile (2007)
ISBN 9780670910588
Reviewed by Grace Schaefer (age 7) for Reader Views (8/08)

In “Cowboy & Octopus,” the main characters of the book are Cowboy and Octopus.  This is the story of how they met and became friends.  Even though they don’t get along very well, they know it is important to have a friend.

There are 7 chapters in “Cowboy & Octopus” which makes for easy reading for early readers aged 6 to 8-years-old.  The recycled pictures are my favorite part.  They are funny and weird to look at.

One of the other parts of the book that I really like is the chapter called ‘Very Scary.’  The Octopus makes a great tooth fairy and Cowboy thinks Octopus is very scary.  I also like the knock-knock joke but Cowboy doesn’t understand it.

Overall I did like “Cowboy & Octopus” because of the silly stories and interesting pictures.  I don’t like the ‘dang’ part.  It is inappropriate.  I recommend leaving that word out of the book.

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