Squid and Octopus Friends for Always by Tao Nyeu

Squid and Octopus Friends for Always

A friend for always is someone who... knows how to cheer you up when you're feeling droopy, usually sees things your way, and never lets a quarrel get out of hand. As you'll see in these endearing, silly stories, a friend for always is the very best thing in the deep blue sea.

Details Squid and Octopus Friends for Always

TitleSquid and Octopus Friends for Always
Release DateJun 28th, 2012
PublisherDial Books for Young Readers
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Animals

Reviews Squid and Octopus Friends for Always

  • Lata
    Tao Nyeu writes and illustrates the four stories in this book. Squid and Octopus 1) have a little disagreement, 2) discuss their dreams, 3) are confused by an object that falls into their lives and 4) discuss fortunes. The stories are cute and are about friendship, and I really like the use of only blue, green, yellow and orange in the whimsical illustrations.
  • Casey
    These little stories are short and sweet a la Mo Willems. I look forward to reading this with our daughter when she is older because there is loads to look at and tons of little side conversations happening with characters throughout. So fun to read.
  • alana
    Yes, all the books about artistic cephalopods, please! They knit, they sculpt, they paint, they wear boots on their heads! The illustrations are super lovely in blue and white. The book has four short stories about the aquatic bffs. Super adorable. Babysitting book discovery!
  • Barbara
    In a series of four short stories and silkscreened illustrations of sea life, this picture book follows the adventures of two friends, Squid and Octopus. Even though they sometimes don't agree, they are always there for each other in the end. My favorite story is "The Hat" in which Octopus spies a boot floating through the water and decides that it's a hat. But after he puts it on, the others in the sea tell him he's using it in the wrong way: It...
  • Laura
    In a series of 4 stories, readers learn about Squid and Octopus's friendship. Sometimes they argue, sometimes they have adventures together, sometimes they try something new. The charming, intricate illustrations are a wonderful complement to the easy rhythm of the stories. I also loved the dialog that various animals and friends lend to the story.Recommended for grades 1 - 3. Like Mo Willems' Hooray for Amanda & Her Alligator!, the delightful hu...
  • Jennifer Mitchell
    "Who organizes Tickle Monday each week?" asked Octopus."I do," said SquidLove this book. The illustrations are wonderful, as are the stories.I just found the asides from all the sea creatures so distracting and unnecessary, they end up interfering with the natural rhythm of the book.
  • Lorna
    Frog and Toad, George and Martha, Toot and Puddle, Elephant and Piggie, these are some of the most endearing friendships in childrens picturebooks. To these I welcome, with open arms (all 16 of them) Squid and Octopus.
  • Mary
    Read this at the Tattered Cover Bookstore and wanted to hug the book when I finished. 4 sweet, silly stories of best friends Squid and Octopus. The illustrations are full of details that would make this book perfect for sharing.
  • Angela
    Four storybook vignettes in the lives and friendship of two very approachable cephalopods. Great dialog and a quirky story give this the feel of other classic friendship stories. You will love them, trust me.
  • Jennifer
    Cute little collection of wry short stories about, well, an octopus and a squid. Share this with older kids who will get the humor.
  • Amy
    C'mon. Just look at them!
  • Edward Sullivan
    Delightfully whimsical!
  • Ingrid
    In the vein of Frog and Toad or George and Martha. It is a charming and funny collection of stories, but I would definitely select just one or two for a storytime.
  • Meredith
    This picture book features four stories about Squid and Octopus:* "The Quarrel"* "The Dream"* "The Hat"* "The Fortune Cookie"In "The Quarrel," Squid and Octopus disagree about whether cephalopods should wear socks or mittens.In "The Dream," Octopus comforts Squid after a dream leaves him feeling sad.In "The Hat," Octopus finds an object from the world above and thinks it must be a hat.In "The Fortune Cookie," Squid and Octop This picture book f...
  • Susan
    My new favorite picture book. This one has not one, but four adorable stories of Squid and Octopus. Friendship and love is the theme throughout. So many cute lines in this book, just a few below:"A splendid exchange of socks and mittens followed""Obviously, what we really need is a hot pot of tea.""Who organizes Tickle Monday each week?""Odd to wear a flowerpot on your head, don't you think?""True friends are friends for always."
  • Suzette
    A cute throwback to Frog & Toad, but with cephalopods! The illustrations are made to be scrutinized by young readers, there are so many tiny details to be discussed. I love the artistic Octopus and his friend Squid (who is quite the capable knitter!), but the supporting bit characters are lovely too.
  • Audrey Sauble
    We found this at the library, just browsing the shelves, and we love it--good writing, gorgeous artwork, fun characters, quirky stories, and even clever asides hidden in the pictures. You should find it and read it too!
  • Seema Rao
    Adorable book about a squid and octopus and three tales of their friendship. Linear drawings in a simple blue, green, yellow palette, with one amazingly lovely spread of a whale shark.
  • Katrina Clohessy
    Cute, simple story about squid and octopus who are best friends, told in 4 mini-stories; good to sit down and read with younger child. Cute illustrations highlighting simple outlines & PATTERN.
  • Molly
    Four stories in one book - pretty cute, but kind of wordy for a picture book.
  • Christine Grant
    Picture book with four "chapters". At times sweet, at other times hilarious. Sure to be a winner with preschool children.
  • Anna
    Its format (short stories about two best friends) is very reminiscent of Arnold Lobel's "Frog and Toad" series, but this book is still very good in its own right.
  • mary dewley
    I was not that taken by the stories or the artwork. There seems to be a lot going on and it just doesn't hold your attention. Not recommended for story times.
  • Suzi Sherman
    Happy Friendship about accepting differences and loving each other anyway.
  • Sarah
    A really cute book that is very reminiscent of Kazuno Kohara's art style.
  • Lynn Davidson
    Four short stories about Squid and Octopus - friends forever - and their adventures make up this nicely illustrated book. Chapters are: The Quarrel, The Dream, The Hat, The Fortune Cookie.
  • Maria Waltner
    This is very adorably illustrated and has several little stories about the two friends.
  • Becky B
    Squid and Octopus have four adventures in this picture book. In the first story Squid and Octopus argue over whether they are supposed to wear socks or mittens on their tentacles, and eventually work out a compromise. In the second story Squid is depressed because he just woke up from a dream in which he had incredible powers and he wishes he had them in real life. Octopus finds a way to cheer up his friend and point out some pretty super qualiti...