Boy readers will love Cowboy & Octopus. I read the book to a fourth grade class, and we were all laughing. The humor reaches in and tickles your funny bone.
Jon Scieszka creates a tale of friendship between two odd characters – an octopus and a cowboy. The book does not share how the idea sparked in Jon’s brain, but the end papers give the reader a clue. Savoring a book requires some inquiry, asking questions to develop insight.
Jon Scieszka uses the book’s humor as an in road to discussing how to be a friend. Each character, Octopus and Cowboy, definitely have their differences, and their likes. Yet, they appreciate each other and share their honesty too.
“We are friends,” says Cowboy. “And that’s why I am telling you – your new hat looks like something my horse dropped behind him. ‘Cause that’s the truth.”
Savorings for reading and in writing for Cowboy & Octopus:
- Realistic conversation – “Sounds loco to me,” says Cowboy. “But okay.”
- Interweaving of Detail – Cowboy decides to surprise Octopus and make him dinner. Octopus is definitely surprised. “Heavens,” says Octopus. “What is this?”
- Ellipse – “Wow,” says Octopus. “That is really… um … different. Do you like my new hat?”
- Chapter Titles – scenes that highlight their friendship
- Humor –
- Rereading – you must reread sections to catch all of the humor (knock, knock joke)
excellent Boy Read!
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