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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...' 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 delightful 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

'Brightly illustrated rhyming fun'
Daily Mirror

'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'

'Wonderful ... so much fun'

'Joyful ... so much fun to read'

'Whimsical, sweet illustrations, and perfectly rhythmic text'

'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'

'Vibrant illustrations and playful rhymes'

'The uplifting and playful rhyming text is a joy to read aloud ... charming'

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Product Information

Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 26.0 x 23.8 cm

Extent: 32 pp

Publication date: 13 January 2022

ISBN: 9780500652879

About the Author

Gabby Dawnay is a writer and poet. She is a regular contributor to OKIDO magazine and a scriptwriter for children’s television. Alex Barrow, a London-based illustrator, is the art director for and a regular contributor to OKIDO magazine. Alex and Gabby are the duo behind the bestselling 'If I had...' series, as well as the picture books A House for Mouse and A Song for Bear, all published by Thames & Hudson.