Cowboy & Octopus

Cowboy & Octopus

Book - 2007
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Cowboy and Octopus maintain their friendship despite different opinions about things like beans and knock-knock jokes.
Publisher: New York : Viking, c2007
ISBN: 9780670910588
Branch Call Number: P SCI
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Smith, Lane
Alternative Title: Cowboy and Octopus


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Oct 28, 2019

A fun tale of an unlikely friendship. Knock knock!

laurendouglass Jan 30, 2019

Excerpt from Cowboy & Octopus by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith.
"Do you like my new hat?" says Cowboy.

"Wow," says Octopus.  "That is  Do you like my new hat?"

Cowboy says, "Nope."

"Hey!"  says Octopus.  "I said something nice to you.  Why don't you say something nice to me?  I thought we were friends."

"We are friends," says Cowboy.  "And that's why I am telling you-your new hat looks like somthing my horse dropped behind him.  'Cause that's the truth."

And so concludes one of the funniest and sweetest bromances in all of children's literature, the enduring friendship between Octopus & Cowboy in the children's picture book Cowboy & Octopus.  Most everyone has read a Jon Scieszka book in their lifetime.  His contributions to children's literature, and most notably, the movement to get boys and guys reading, are well known and celebrated.  But even if you loved The Stinky Cheese Man or just can't get enough of the Trucktown trucks from Design Garage, there's a good chance you have never given Cowboy & Octopus a try.  Trust me, this is one you don't want to miss.

ChristchurchKids Feb 22, 2016

Cowboy is a paper doll, and Octopus was cut from a comic book; they're just like two peas in a (cephalo-) pod... Well, maybe not, but they are really good friends. They do nice things for each other -- like when Cowboy cooks a fine repast of "Beans and Bacon, Bacon and Beans, and just plain Beans" for Octopus, who likes neither beans nor bacon, but "licks one bean" nonetheless. They also entertain one another, and they tell each other the truth. Quirky humour + off-the-wall mixed media illustrations = one wonderfully wacky package from the duo who brought you The Stinky Cheese Man.

May 09, 2015

This book CRACKS me up!!! Maybe I just have a weird sense of humor? Then my daughter starts giggling because I am. Just wish they didn't use the word "dang" so much.

Jan 13, 2015

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

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

I liked the artwork in this book!

KRockstar10 Nov 22, 2013

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.

gribbles Sep 26, 2013

So bizarre, so amusing.

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Nov 03, 2009

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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