Nyeu, T. (2012). Squid and Octopus: Friends for always. New York: Dial Books for Young Readers. ISBN: 9780803735651
Annotation: Squid and Octopus are best friends, as shown in the four mini stories collected in this book.
Reaction: Oh my good gosh, this book is so cute. Plus it’s got knitting AND cephalopods?! WIN. Squid and Octopus have a great friendship and would be a wonderful example for little kids. Even though they don’t always get along or agree with each other, Squid and Octopus are always there for each other. Each story is self contained and ends with a reaffirmation of their strong friendship.
The art in this is adorable. Nyeu uses a fairly simple color palette, using mostly greens, blues, yellows and oranges, making the art feel welcoming and soothing, while also being reminiscent of actually being under the ocean. Her animals are all friendly and totally adorable, even her toothy sharks.
I love this book and would love to read it with some small children.
Media Used: Silkscreened using water-based ink and a colored pencil