Squid and Octopus by Tao Nyeu
Friends for Always

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An award-winning author presents a delightful picture book about friendship under the sea. For fans of Jon Klassen’s This is Not My Hat and Oliver Jeffers’ This Moose Belongs to Me.
 
The four tales in this charming picture book show funny moments in the life of best friends Squid and Octopus. Yes, they argue sometimes (about things as silly as whether they should wear mittens or socks to keep their tentacles warm!), but they are always able to cheer each other up in glum times (such as when Squid wakes from the dream of being a superhero and feels disappointed to be plain old Squid again).
 
They are a very lucky pair. And as the fortune cookie in the last story says, true friends are friends for always.

 
“This positive, upbeat, and comforting bundle is sure to bring smiles. A good choice for goofy, interactive read-alouds.”—Booklist (starred review)
 
“Readers may find themselves turning the pages as if carried along by a gentle but unstoppable wave.”—Publishers Weekly
 
“Inventive, quirky, gentle, and sweet.”—School Library Journal
 

About Tao Nyeu

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Tao Nyeu lives in Southern California Tao Nyeu (www.taonyeu.com) earned a BFA from Cornell University and an MFA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She won the Ezra Jack Keats Award and Golden Kite Honor for Bunny Days, and the Original Art Show Founder's Award and Marion Vannett Ridgway Honor for Wonder Bear. She lives with her husband, daughter, and several pet chickens in Southern California.
 
Published June 14, 2012 by Dial. 40 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When Squid knits socks for his multiple limbs and Octopus tells him they wear mittens, not socks, the buddies argue.

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Sweet in Wonder Bear and naughty in Bunny Days, Nyeu is back to sweet with this look at an ideal friendship between two genial cephalopods. In four stories, Squid and Octopus show readers that there’s

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and that friends let friends wear cowboy boots on their heads, even when everyone else says it’s a fashion “don’t.” Nyeu’s undersea world is filled with an amazing array of trippy-looking plant life and a large secondary cast of aquatic creatures who offer asides and non sequiturs throu...

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Nyeu has been an illustrator to watch for several years now, and she seems to really be coming into her own with her handsomely designed books.

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