Cowboy & Octopus

Cowboy & Octopus

Book - 2007
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Cowboy and Octopus maintain their friendship despite different opinions about things like beans and knock-knock jokes
Publisher: New York : Viking, c2007
ISBN: 9780670910588
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 27 cm
Additional Contributors: Smith, Lane
Alternative Title: Cowboy and Octopus


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ChristchurchKids Feb 22, 2016

Cowboy is a paper doll, and Octopus was cut from a comic book; they're just like two peas in a (cephalo-) pod... Well, maybe not, but they are really good friends. They do nice things for each other -- like when Cowboy cooks a fine repast of "Beans and Bacon, Bacon and Beans, and just plain Beans" for Octopus, who likes neither beans nor bacon, but "licks one bean" nonetheless. They also entertain one another, and they tell each other the truth. Quirky humour + off-the-wall mixed media illustrations = one wonderfully wacky package from the duo who brought you The Stinky Cheese Man.

May 09, 2015

This book CRACKS me up!!! Maybe I just have a weird sense of humor? Then my daughter starts giggling because I am. Just wish they didn't use the word "dang" so much.

Jan 13, 2015

If you're going to dislike any of the books I recommend, it will probably be this one. It's totally absurd and surreal, or as my husband puts it, "freakin' awesome." We have never laughed harder at a children's book than when we saw the Halloween costume on Octopus. But if you're more comfortable with sweet and classic than zany, you may want to skip this one. (Don't skip if you've disliked other Scieszka, give it a chance.)

Dec 18, 2014

My family has loved this book for years. I even made an adult friend sit and listen while I read it to my son and we all couldn't stop laughing. Classic absurdity!

Dec 18, 2014

Only Jon Scieszka could have come up with this. His picture book is a gonzo version of children's friendship tales like Arnold Lobel's Frog and Toad and James Marshall's George and Martha.

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Jun 03, 2014

I liked the artwork in this book!

KRockstar10 Nov 22, 2013

This book is super weird, and a little creepy at times, but I laughed my butt off! There's no cohesive story line but Cowboy and Octopus get into plenty of zany situations. I read this to a group of fourth graders and they loved it.

gribbles Sep 26, 2013

So bizarre, so amusing.

GVPLfan Aug 18, 2011

A great book to read aloud, (dead-pan) Octopus, and (Texas drawl) Cowboy are fun characters to enact. An utterly hilarious pairing and a delightfully absurd concept.

Mar 28, 2011

What a great book by the excellent Scieszka. The story is a little jumpy, but it definitely brought lots of smiles and giggles. I like the paperdoll cowboy effect too.

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Nov 03, 2009

This is a strange tale of an unlikely friendship between a cowboy and an octopus. The cowboy is none too swift, and the octopus is kind of classy, but after shaking hands and hands and hands and hands (well, you get the idea), they become the best of friends.


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