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Izzy & Oscar

3.4  ·  Rating Details ·  122 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
Octopuses make the best pets! Discover why in this charming picture book from an acclaimed author/illustrator team

Pretend pirate captain Izzy is looking for a pet when an adventurous little octopus squiggles into town. Oscar isn't exactly warm and fuzzy, but Izzy decides to take him home anyway.

Young readers will be tickled by Izzy's attempts to teach Oscar to behave like
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published April 7th 2015 by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
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Recently there seems to be a trend in children's books to feature odd pets such as sloths or tigers. In this humorous picture book, Izzy loves playing pirate but is afraid to get into the water since she doesn't know how to swim. When she finds an octopus, she takes care of it and tries to make it her pet. But it grows up and must find its own way. Young readers will be surprised to see what the octopus ends up doing once it finds just the right job, and how it helps Izzy conquer her own fears. ...more
Katie Ark
Jun 13, 2015 Katie Ark rated it it was amazing
I really should have multiple finish dates for this because we've had to read it every night since it came home from the library last week. Fortunately this cute, funny, and touching story holds up to repeat readings on the grown up end! My daughter is so enamored with octopi now that our fridge is covered with octopus pictures.
Pop Bop
Oct 20, 2014 Pop Bop rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
A Cheerful Change of Pace

The story is pretty straightforward, in a kids' illustrated storybook sort of way. SPOILER. Izzy finds Oscar the octopus, tries to train him up as a pet, gives up, and then finds a new, fun home for him. END SPOILER. That's a fine story, but is it a fun story?

Yes. At least to me, everything comes together nicely here to make this tale work. Izzy is drawn and written to be spunky and nice. Her pretending to be a pirate and to like all things piratey is fun, not precious.
Jul 14, 2015 Judy rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Young children
Recommended to Judy by: Received as an ARC at the ALA Midwest Conference
Shelves: 2015-books
Izzy & Oscar by Allison Estes and Dan Stark
Illustrated by Tracy Dockray

Everyone in the crew had a pet mascot...everyone except Izzy. And since it's not fitting for the captain of a pirate crew to be without a mascot (to say nothing about not knowing how to swim) Izzy chooses Oscar for her pet. Oscar is not your typical pet, however...he's an octopus! What follows is a delightful little tale of how Izzy adjusts to having an octopus for a pet.

Illustrator Tracy Dockray uses pencil and Doc Marti
Dena (Batch of Books)
Apr 07, 2015 Dena (Batch of Books) rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
This book was a huge hit with my kids. They loved the idea of having an unconventional pet and they laughed at all the things Izzy tries to get Oscar to do (like snuggle or perch on her shoulder). It's a really cute story about seeing strengths in others and not being upset when people (or pets) don't conform to the standards we think they should. Izzy and Oscar is a lighthearted, funny, and sweet book that kids will love.

The illustrations are fantastic. Personality practically dances off the p
Apr 08, 2015 Heidi rated it really liked it
As a 'pirate' captain, Izzy needs a pet. When she meets Oscar, the octopus she and her friends think that he will fit the bill. But as Izzy discovers, an octopus has unique needs as well as abilities. The illustrations are cute and work well for the imaginative nature of the story. A fun story about friendship and discovering one's unique talents, after all, even octopuses have special abilities that help them survive. The additional information about octopuses at the end of the book is a great ...more
Carol Mccoy
Apr 21, 2016 Carol Mccoy added it
Shelves: childrens
This book made me laugh out loud. A little girl has always wanted a pet and she got one! An octopus she discovered on the beach. She tries to do things with Oscar that you might do with other types of pets without good results. However, his true talent is discovered at the end of the book. The author uses words like "splooshed" and "spoodled" and "squiggling." Not only is the story cute, the author also slips in things that real octopi do and at the end of the book, she includes a list ...more
Amy Miller
Apr 24, 2015 Amy Miller rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-challenge
Every pirate needs a mascot. Will Izzy end up with a parrot, maybe a monkey? Nope, how about the little octopus she finds at the beach! Hilarity ensues! Izzy tries to train Oscar to do dog, monkey or parrot things and gets frustrated. Then she finally realizes Oscar is just perfect as an octopus and he doesn't have to try to be anything else. Perfect story for the 5 to 8 year-old crowd with a great little lesson about being yourself and allowing your friends to be themselves, too.
Fantasy and humor (plus a girl pirate!) come together in this story of a unique friendship. Kids can also learn about octopi.

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D. Field
Oct 07, 2016 D. Field rated it liked it
Shelves: children
Izzy and Oscar is a cute story about a little girl who realizes that as a pirate captain she needs a pet. All she can find is an octopus. Oscar is a fun but unusual pet that unfortunately makes a mess just as she is deciding he will have to go back to the ocean he saves her. Cute story with fun illustrations.
Kristina Jean Lareau
Apr 22, 2015 Kristina Jean Lareau rated it liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
Perhaps I should not have read The Octopuppy first. This one seems lackluster in comparison.

The illustrations have a watercolored feel, are quite detailed and elaborate, if not a bit cluttered. The plot is fairly strong, but is just too wordy for my taste.
Aug 14, 2015 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: storytime-books
I love the endpapers and the illustrations in general. They're so pretty. I also like the story of an unconventional pet, although not very realistic. However, there is a fact section in the back to tell you about real octopuses, octopi or octopodes. Any plural is acceptable!
Mar 12, 2015 Nicki rated it it was ok
The colorful illustrations are the best part of this book. The drawings work without the words and show just how humorous it would be to have an octopus as a pet. The story was sort of disjointed. The words don't seem to flow off the tongue when reading aloud.
Jul 30, 2015 Karen rated it really liked it
Very cute story of Izzy and her interesting pet, Oscar. Reminded me of the types of books picture books I liked as a kid- a little funny, a little adventure, sweet ending. Love the illustrations, especially of Oscar.
Oct 21, 2015 Amy rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books, humor
Eh, this book was alright. I liked the silly messes that the octopus got into, and it was a cute look into what it's like to own a pet (both traditional and non-traditional. But the illustrations didn't rock my world or anything.
Nov 30, 2015 Katie rated it it was ok
Shelves: for-the-girls

Adorable illustrations, but the story felt disjointed, even for a kid's book. The most disturbing part was the fact that the little girl was aware of her inability to swim, yet jumped in to 'save' a child who was struggling in the water.
Jul 08, 2015 Rachel rated it liked it
Shelves: children, 2015
The illustrations in this story, another featuring a protagonist who brings home a quirky pet, are more interesting & charming than the narrative. Although it includes great details about octopi at the end, there are more charming books out there on this subject.
Feb 17, 2016 Bethe rated it liked it
fun take on the "pirate searching for a mascot" story with a chance to say octopoop and octohugs during storytime! Octopus facts at the end.
I like the happy children in this book - however, the octopus could never be on a leash so this whole story is just not plausible! ARGH!
Juliana Lee
Who would have thought that an octopus would make a good pet? Well, Izzy did. And now her mother agrees.
Shallowreader VaVeros
Izzy chooses a pet octopus. It doesn't really do the things other pets do and though it is weird it finds its place in her life. This was a funny book.
Dec 01, 2014 Emma rated it liked it
Really fun story about a non-traditional pet (Oscar) who finally finds his place. The illustrations are lovely as well.
Quintina rated it liked it
Nov 02, 2015
Kirry rated it it was ok
Sep 16, 2015
April Connelley
April Connelley rated it liked it
Dec 02, 2015
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Jenn Marinacci rated it really liked it
May 23, 2015
Laura Wilson
Laura Wilson rated it really liked it
Jul 11, 2015
Apr 14, 2015 Steph rated it liked it
Not a fan of the illustrations and the end is super corny. Otherwise, pretty cute.
Duane rated it liked it
Aug 24, 2015
Joey Hines
Joey Hines rated it liked it
May 15, 2015
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