Cowboy & Octopus

Scieszka, Jon

Book - 2007
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Cowboy & Octopus
Cowboy and Octopus maintain their friendship despite different opinions about things like beans and knock-knock jokes.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Viking, c2007.
ISBN: 9780670910588
Characteristics: [32] p. :,col. ill. ;,27 cm.
Additional Contributors: Smith, Lane
Alternate Title: Cowboy and Octopus


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Jan 13, 2015
  • skyekilaen rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

If you're going to dislike any of the books I recommend, it will probably be this one. It's totally absurd and surreal, or as my husband puts it, "freakin' awesome." We have never laughed harder at a children's book than when we saw the Halloween costume on Octopus. But if you're more comfortable with sweet and classic than zany, you may want to skip this one. (Don't skip if you've disliked other Scieszka, give it a chance.)

Dec 18, 2014

My family has loved this book for years. I even made an adult friend sit and listen while I read it to my son and we all couldn't stop laughing. Classic absurdity!

Dec 18, 2014
  • CRRL_CraigGraziano rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Only Jon Scieszka could have come up with this. His picture book is a gonzo version of children's friendship tales like Arnold Lobel's Frog and Toad and James Marshall's George and Martha.

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Jun 03, 2014
  • darshana_2 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I liked the artwork in this book!

Nov 22, 2013
  • KRockstar10 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This book is super weird, and a little creepy at times, but I laughed my butt off! There's no cohesive story line but Cowboy and Octopus get into plenty of zany situations. I read this to a group of fourth graders and they loved it.

Sep 26, 2013
  • gribbles rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

So bizarre, so amusing.

Aug 18, 2011
  • GVPLfan rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A great book to read aloud, (dead-pan) Octopus, and (Texas drawl) Cowboy are fun characters to enact. An utterly hilarious pairing and a delightfully absurd concept.

Mar 28, 2011
  • Amalthea rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

What a great book by the excellent Scieszka. The story is a little jumpy, but it definitely brought lots of smiles and giggles. I like the paperdoll cowboy effect too.

Nov 03, 2009
  • MichellePC rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I stumbled upon this book while checking out online video book reviews for something completely unrelated. The mixed media illustrations are great, and the humour is almost deadpan...For the unconventional child!


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Nov 03, 2009
  • MichellePC rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is a strange tale of an unlikely friendship between a cowboy and an octopus. The cowboy is none too swift, and the octopus is kind of classy, but after shaking hands and hands and hands and hands (well, you get the idea), they become the best of friends.


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Apr 09, 2014
  • rockmastprogram rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.



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