Jolly Olly octopus by Tony Mitton; illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees (2010)


Tony Mitton and Guy Parker-Rees have paired up for loads of brilliant picture books, and Jolly Olly octopus is vintage them. We’ve got:

  • bright crazy illustrations
  • a fast-paced delightful rhyming story
  • bundles of repetition offering loads of opportunities for audience participation
  • the all-essential tickling and giggling!

“Underneath the ocean, down beneath the sea,IMG_1228

one wriggly octopus is giggling with glee.

Jolly Olly Octopus laughs away his troubles.

Wriggle-wriggle-giggle – what a lot of bubbles!”

Our wobbly friend is joined by two tickly turtles, three smiley sea horses etc. Everything becomes a little less perky when a shark appears. But as I’m sure you can guess, even sharks are not immune to hilarity.

Loads of fun for a preschool audience, tickles are a must!

Check out Jolly Olly octopus at Auckland Libraries.

Or buy Jolly Olly octopus from Fishpond.

[Recommended by Sian – thanks Sian!]


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