In this new entry in the resurrected Simply Small series, a baby octopus tries to find a good place to swim, but the sea is so big.
Tecka is a cute lavender baby octopus with purple spots. As Tecka looks for a good place to swim, it finds that “up near the clear blue sky” is too high to jump; “down below by the soft sand” the seagrass tickles; and “right in the middle,” a jellyfish stings (and then apologizes). Finally, near “a pretty pink rock” is the perfect place, and the other creatures it had previously encountered join Tecka and they swim together. There’s no questioning that it’s sweet, but as stories go, it’s pretty thin. The introduction of onomatopoeia (“Splish-splash, squiggle-squirm!”) adds a little sonic interest. In the simultaneously publishing Spookie, a small bat loves flying but not when it is wet and stormy; when it encounters a small owl also hiding from the storm they keep each other company, and when the storm is over they fly out together. Boldly outlined, simple graphics in saturated pastel colors characterize the series look.
Sweet, if a little bland.
(Board book. 1-3)
Pub Date: today
Page Count: 26
Publisher: Simply Read Books
Review Posted Online: Oct. 27, 2020
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15, 2020