It may be a personal opinion but I’ll stand by it; Children’s books need more octopuses. The reason is simple. The octopus is a truly fascinating creature. Now in 2017 a couple of my favorite illustrators have already tackled the octopus in all its tentacular glory. David Wiesner, for example, has a picture book out with Donna Jo Napoli called Fish Girl that features an octopus prominently. Don’t confuse that book with today’s cover reveal, though. Today, we reveal the cover for Jan Brett’s latest. A departure for Ms. Brett in many ways, the book is oceanic, Okinawan, and tentacular. Just the way I like ’em.
Here’s the description:
A striking, under-the-sea version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears as only Jan Brett could create. When Kiniro, the mermaid, comes upon a gorgeous house made of shells and coral, she can’t resist going inside to have a look around. The octopus family is not at home, but the baby octopus’s breakfast, chair, and bed are just right for Kiniro. The bed is so irresistible, she falls asleep. That makes for quite a surprise when the octopuses return home. But the baby’s shock at discovering a mermaid in her bed is forgotten when Kiniro gives her a very special gift.
Intricate, colorful scenes of an underwater paradise transport this classic fairy tale to a magical land inspired by the seas off the coast of Okinawa, Japan. Chock full of fish and fauna and adventure, this mermaid’s story will enchant readers of all ages.
Curious? Little wonder! Now enjoy the cover:
On shelves August 29th. Many thanks to Rhalee Hughes Perry for the reveal.