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Cowboy & Octopusby Jon Scieszka
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Peanut butter and jelly. George and Martha. Frog and Toad. Cowboy and . . . Octopus? Yes, that’s right. Meet Cowboy and Octopus—the next great pair to become a household name. Cowboy likes beans’n’bacon and bacon’n’beans. Octopus eats raw seafood. Octopus prefers knock-knock jokes, but Cowboy doesn’t get them. How will these two ever be friends?
Illustrated in funky, vintage-style cut-outs and told in several humorous mini-stories, the famous Stinky Cheese Man duo of Scieszka and Smith have created sweet—and of course hilarious—tales of an unlikely friendship.
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"If there is a more inventive duo at work in the picture-book field than Scieszka and Smith, co-creators of such gems as 'The Stinky Cheese Man' and 'The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!,' I can't name it. The pair strikes gold again with this portrait in seven scenes of a very odd friendship. Not that kids will think a cowboy befriending an octopus is odd. That's the way they play. (When my two sons... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review) were small, they once stopped me from throwing out a broken Transformer, saying they were using it as a penguin). So Cowboy is a paper-doll figure, and Octopus is cut out from a comic, and their stiff forms are inserted into settings composed of torn paper, photos, toys and other scraps as if a child were having them act out scenarios. The climax of the first, 'Cowboy Meets Octopus,' is brilliant: '"You wanna be friends?" says Cowboy. "Certainly," says Octopus. So Cowboy and Octopus shake hands ... and shake hands, and shake hands, and shake hands, and shake hands, and shake hands, and shake hands, and shake hands.' Also not to be missed: the Halloween drama 'Very Scary,' in which Octopus becomes the Tooth Fairy. Elizabeth Ward can be reached at warde(at symbol)washpost.com." Reviewed by Elizabeth Ward, Washington Post Book World (Copyright 2006 Washington Post Book World Service/Washington Post Writers Group)
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With funky, vintage-style cut-outs and several humorous mini-stories, the famous "Stinky Cheese Man" duo of Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith have created sweet-and hilarious-tales of an unlikely friendship between a cowboy and an octopus.
About the Author
Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith have collaborated on the award-winning titles The True Story of The Three Little Pigs; The Stinky Cheese Man; Math Curse; Squids Will Be Squids; Baloney, Henry P.; Science Verse, and Seen Art. Jon Scieszka lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Lane Smith lives in Washington Depot, Connecticut.
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