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Amazing Octopus Books for Kids on Your Holiday List

Maybe you haven’t thought about octopus books or octopus art for the kids are on your holiday gift list. Or maybe you’ve gotten your budding oceanographer (or tattoo artist) the ArtAkimbo Wall Tentacles and are looking for something else in the cephalopod vein.

So what kind of kids are you shopping for, exactly? I was at Thanksgiving recently with an 8-year old who had just memorized the Periodic Table of Elements and recited it at breakneck speed as the thing he was most grateful for. Does this sound like someone you know? If you’ve got a nerdy geeky scientific type of child, an octopus book might be just the thing.

So I wandered over to the Nature and Science section, still in the kids’ section. There were nothing but sharks! Yes, sharks are fascinating.  All those teeth! Two penises (learned that at a nearby aquarium)!  But the octopus is amazing too.

Scientific Octopus Books for Kids

There are at least another half dozen “amazing” books all covering the octopus’s awe-inspiring color-changing, jet propulsive, ink-squirting, and tentacled prowess in surviving and thriving in the ocean depths.

Silly, Quirky Octopus Books for Kids

But considering how downright strange the octopus is, there should be fictional, weird, playful, silly and quirky octopus books. And there are.

Classic Quirky Books Featuring Tentacled Creatures

Walking Your Octopus book coverOne of the best octopus books for children released in the last few years is the now classic Walking Your Octopus, A Guide to the Domesticated Cephalopod by Brian Kesinger. As you can tell from the title, the author doesn’t shy away from big words and the style of the illustrations are beautiful and playful at the same time. Riffing on Victorian style and manners, a young girl plays croquet, bikes, cooks and has other adventures with her pet octopus Otto. This book is liable to instill a love of Victoriana, steampunk, parasols, book collecting, and cephalopods in the impressionable child reader.

Squids Will Be Squidssquids-will-be-squids-cover only includes one story about a cephalopod, but it deserves mention. The book is a classic, one I’ve read to my own children, not so much for tale of the squid, but because it’s downright funny in a quirky way and because we enjoyed the previous brilliant Scieszka/Smith work, The Stinky Cheese Man. I highly recommend both.



Yes, Virginia, There is a Picture Book About the Kraken

krakenkidsbookAnd yes, it’s a story about a friendship between a boy and a misunderstood Kraken. Available only on Kindle and written for the 3-8 year old crowd. It looks like a kraken-good read!

Wait! There’s More!

emilywinesnapLest we forget the middle-school age reader, there’s the Emily Windsnap series featuring mermaids and sea monsters. My niece has been enchanted with mermaids and stories set in the watery depths and I happened upon this collection which seems to include tentacled sea creatures and might be a perfect gift.


book cover of Ringo Starr's Octopus's Garden kid's bookThere are books riffing off of the Beatles’ song Octopus’s Garden, including this charming book Octopus’s Garden by none other than Ringo Starr. There’s also an octopus joke book with the same name and an adult coloring book called Octopus’s Garden (not that kind of adult, ok for kids).


Finally, there’s a children’s book (in print and Kindle) called Dumbo Octopuses, by Tanya Turner, who writes about unusual animals (in yes, another “Amazing Creature” series). Dumbo octopuses, with their large ears (for octopuses) and blobby look, are truly amazing creatures and deserve their own tale.




How Do You Hang a Tentacle?

ArtAkimbo Large Tentacle
It’s easy peasy to hang the ArtAkimbo wall tentacle.

Let me count the ways.  There are two ways, depending on whether you have the smaller 9″ ArtAkimbo tentacle or the longer 24″ feller. We ship both instructions AND hardware with the tentacle to make life easy for all our tentacle fans. In case you’ve  lost the piece of paper, we’re copying the instructions below.   And rest assured: it’s a fairly simple procedure, made easier because you don’t have to run out to the hardware store. You will have to rummage through your tool drawers and find a screwdriver (and possibly a hammer for the smaller tentacle). Continue reading How Do You Hang a Tentacle?

Where Do You Hang a Wall Tentacle?

We think any home decor can be livened up by a wall tentacle. Perhaps you do too, but can’t quite visualize it: behind the lace curtains? In the kitchen cupboard? Above the mantel? To help you envision where a tentacle might perch in your home, we’ve got more great customer pics of the tentacle in situ (thanks, customers!).

Small wall tentacle

Use juxtaposition, an essential element of home decor, and anchor the tentacle near a curtain rod, mantle or bookcase. Continue reading Where Do You Hang a Wall Tentacle?

Tentacle + Home = Great Decor

Nothing says great decor like a an octopus Wall Tentacle. Wondering how an ArtAkimbo tentacle would fit in with your home decor? Where to put it for maximum stupefaction? Here are some customer photos showing just how clever and imaginative tentacle owners are.

The rusty tentacle installed ON a house in the Pacific Northwest. Made of real rust — not faux rust — this version of the tentacle can withstand the forces of nature. I love how it seems to emerge out of the blackness of night.

Rusty Wall Tentacle on House

Continue reading Tentacle + Home = Great Decor