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If I had an octopus (If I had a…)

Gabby Dawnay, Alex Barrow


This charming and imaginative story in the bestselling If I had a... series imagines life with an octopus as a pet

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I really want a clever pet, a pet with many charms.
The sort of pet with talents, and a large amount of arms.

Have you ever thought about what the best aquatic pet would be? It's an octopus, of course! Playing different ball games simultaneously and staying camouflaged when it’s bedtime is eight times the fun – just watch out for the ink... With vibrant illustrations and playful rhymes, If I Had an Octopus is a charming and imaginative tale about bedtime story that follows a little girl's flight of fancy as she imagines the advantages and disadvantages of having an octopus for a pet.

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'A joyous, imaginative journey into a child’s desire for a very unlikely pet told in rhyme that sings'
Joseph Coelho

'I am a huge fan of these fun, vibrant, rhyming stories. My children love the predictable and comic format that each of the books take'

'Charming illustration[s] and fun rhyming text'

'Vibrant illustrations and playful rhymes'

'Imagine having an octopus as a pet ... what an amazing pet she'd be!'

'The octopus is really super cool and especially great for hugs'

'Wonderful ... so much fun'

'Joyful ... so much fun to read'

'The illustrations are so vibrant and fun and the imaginative way these stories are told just burst from the pages'

'I guarantee it will bring smiles to all faces ... vibrant and bright'

'Vibrant and clever ... the rhyming text is perfect for reading out loud'

'Whimsical, sweet illustrations, and perfectly rhythmic text'

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Product Information

Book Details

Format: PLC

Size: 26.0 x 23.8 cm

Extent: 32 pp

Publication date: 8 April 2021

ISBN: 9780500652251

About the Author

Gabby Dawnay is a writer and poet. She is a regular contributor to OKIDO magazine and a
script-writer for children’s television. Alex Barrow is a London-based illustrator. He is
the art director for and a regular contributor to OKIDO magazine.