Book Review: An Octopus Followed Me Home

Rating: ★★★☆☆

This is a brief, funny fantasy told in rhyme, about a little girl who just can’t say no to the exotic animals she runs across, and she invites them home to live with her.  The story is told mostly in the form of a diatribe from Dad, who describes each of the animals crowding their home: the crocodile under his bed, the seals in the pool, the goats on the roof.  He forbids her to adopt the octopus for which she has requested, and she returns him to the ocean; but then escalates the excitement when she finds a dinosaur and leads him homeward on a leash.

The illustrations are only average, and there’s not much substance to this story, but it’s told in a pleasing limerick-y fashion, and the ridiculousness of the exotic pets wreaking havoc in an ordered home has a rather elemental appeal.

This book inspired a preschool cartoon series called Willa’s Wildlife, which began airing in 2009.

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Publication Information: Yaccarino, Dan. Octopus Followed Me Home, An. . 1997. ISBN: 0670874019.
Categories: 3 Stars, Age 00-04
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Posted on June 15, 2009


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