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7 to 9
1 to 4
Trim Size:
10" x 9"
Boyds Mills Press
ISBN-13: 978-1-59078-928-5
Full-color illustrations
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About the Book


Did you know that octopuses can eject ink in a ghostly octopus shape to fool chasing predators? Or that they can tear off a still wiggling arm while jetting away to safety? Or that their skin can change color for camouflage, even though their eyes cannot detect color? Octopuses are the subject of the latest installment of the popular Strange and Wonderful series. Covering the entire life cycle of these mysterious ocean dwellers, along with their anatomical details and behavioral quirks, author Laurence Pringle’s investigation of octopuses is both comprehensive and accessible. Includes glossary and further resources.


“Pringle compresses a surprising amount of factual material into this informational picture book. His writing style flows well, with details smoothly woven into a cohesive read. . . . Henderson's charming watercolor artwork effectively reinforces the material within the text. . . . A worthy introduction.” —School Library Journal 

” A veteran science writer introduces the most intelligent invertebrate of all, the octopus, master of camouflage. . . . The author covers the basics of size and shape, habitat, feeding, relations with humans, survival mechanisms and reproduction in a smooth narrative that flows from page to page, carrying readers along. Like most titles in the Strange and Wonderful series, this inviting introduction is graced with Henderson's detailed and accurate watercolor illustrations. . . . A glossary, index and suggestions for further reading and Web research conclude this stellar example of nonfiction for middle-grade readers. Pringle inks another winner in a long series of engaging, informative invitations to explore the natural world.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review  

Meet the Author

Laurence Pringle

Laurence Pringle has written more than one hundred books for children and teenagers, including the Strange and Wonderful series and the Secret Life series, among other award-winning science titles. Internationally, his books have sold more than three million copies.

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Meet the Illustrator

Meryl Henderson

Meryl Henderson has illustrated a number of books for children and she is a regular contributor to Highlights® magazine. Visit

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