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Octopus Stew by Eric Velasquez

Octopus Stew

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Octopus Stew by Eric Velasquez
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Feb 02, 2021 | ISBN 9780823448487

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“Velazquez draws a great octopus, the intense primary color palette is wonderfully energized for a group read-aloud, and the story provides an invitation for families to create tall tales together.”—The New York Times

★ “With love and humanity, Velasquez (Looking for Bongo, Grandma’s Gift) once again affirms young Black Latinx boys’ identities and family experiences. . . . With the exaggerated detail of a tall tale and the pacing and sound effects (‘Bloop, Bloop, Bloop, Brrrr’) of oral storytelling, Velasquez depicts an intergenerational tale filled with food, family, humor, and love (fans of Looking for Bongo will find some familiar characters). The oil-paint illustrations effectively convey the story’s larger-than-life supernatural elements as well as the protagonists’ affectionate relationship; the many shades and features of Afro-Latinx families are displayed, including in a central foldout spread that contains a humorous and effective narrative surprise.”—The Horn Book, Starred Review

★ “Pura Belpré and Coretta Scott King-John Steptoe honor winner Velasquez will surprise primary grade readers with a story that is as fascinating and hilarious as it is absurd. The English text intertwines with Spanish phrases that provide a multicultural approach and validates the boy’s family background. The vibrant paintings, done in oils, strike the eye with large and expressive characters. . . . A hilarious read-aloud that could be read during a storytime.”—School Library Journal, Starred Review

“Realistic oil paintings bring to life the action and excitement of encountering a giant octopus. Important cultural notes are detailed in the story and pictures through emphasis on art, storytelling, musical instruments, and more. Spanish dialogue mixes fluidly into the primarily English text, with a glossary providing definitions and pronunciations of Spanish terms. Happily, Velasquez also includes a recipe for octopus stew.”—Booklist

“A delightful modern tall tale sure to entertain and inspire readers to share (and embroider) their own stories.”—Kirkus Reviews
<“Oil paintings by Velasquez (Looking for Bongo) have a lush, generously sculptural feel—a heightened comic realism that’s perfect for this domestic tall tale, its multi-armed nemesis, and the wonderful gatefold twist that occurs at the action’s height.” —Publishers Weekly

“It’s just such a nice book with beautiful illustrations and about a kid being a kid—and he’s a really cool kid who anyone can identify with. I wish I had books like that to read to my sons, and I definitely wish I had something like that to read when I was a kid.”—Jerry Craft, author of New Kid

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