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Friday Pick{ture Book}: The Octonauts Explore The Great Big Ocean

The Octonauts Explore The Great Big Ocean: Meomi (HarperCollins' Childrens Books, 2012)

The Octonauts Explore The Great Big Ocean: Meomi (HarperCollins’ Childrens Books, 2012)

MG, DG, and pretty much every single child we know were enrapt by the Octonauts TV series from the moment it arrived on CBeebies two years ago. Actually, every adult we know too. Octonauts are brilliant! When I found out there were original books, they went straight onto the wish list.

We now have three of the four original books and at first I wasn’t sure because they didn’t seem as realistic as the TV series (because talking animals are so realistic!) but they are not the TV series and are wonderful in the own right and for being the inspiration of it.

This is the fifth book of the series, and I think the first to be written after the TV series which is evident in some changes (“Sauci Sausage Dog” is now “Dashi Dog” like the TV series!) It is also the first to be in portrait format, the other four being landscape.

The story follows the Vegimals wanting to find their natural habitat. It therefore is wonderfully educational with mentions of biomes and habitats plus gives a back story to the Vegimals – I hadn’t worked out that Tunip was half tuna, half turnip for instance – although it contradicts “The Only Lonely Monster”‘s comment that Vegimals are all the same…

The Octonauts Explore The Great Big Ocean: Meomi (HarperCollins’ Childrens Books, 2012)

This book is probably my favourite, and a huge hit with MG and DG too. How could it not be, including a pull-out spread of the internal workings of the Octopod, Shellington’s notebook on the Vegimals, lots of pictorial lists and a glow-in-the-dark double spread!

Glow-in-the-dark sections inside books can be a pain – they’re shut up inside a book so can’t charge in the light, plus you can’t read the words if you turn the light off to see the glow-in-the-dark parts – but it’s not a problem with this book. The glow ‘recharges’ really quickly (10 seconds or so in front of a lamp or other light source) and shines very bright and clearly. We’ve been reading the book with a lamp on, then turning it off to see the wonderfulness of this spread but you could maybe read with a torch for added fun.

This is a book to be flicked through, back and forth, to grab the other books and read them again, to play Octonauts games (again!) and for both studying the packed illustrations during the day as well as snuggle up with before bedtime. Great fun, and hugely recommended!

You can see more of Meomi’s art here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/meomi/

This will be the last Pick{ture Book} for a while. I’ve put the linky up for a month, but not sure whether I will continue after that point or just review books as and when instead of having a Friday deadline I generally keep missing! Thank-you to everyone who has joined in so far, and please feel free to tweet me your reviews. I read every one.

Disclaimer: We were sent a copy of The Octonauts Explore the Great Big Ocean by HarperCollins’ Childrens Books for review. No other financial reward was given and the opinions are my own. I was not asked to write this post.

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