Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “How the Octopus Got Eight Arms: Two Arms Are Never Enough” as Want to Read:
How the Octopus Got Eight Arms: Two Arms Are Never Enough
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

How the Octopus Got Eight Arms: Two Arms Are Never Enough

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating details ·  15 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Oscar Octopus and his wife, Sharky Shark, are the proud parents of a sizeable brood. Oscar adores his children, and spends every spare moment playing with them. Things go swimmingly until, one day, Sharky has to make an emergency visit to see her ailing mother. Suddenly, Oscar is left in charge of his offspring. Because of a huge physical shortcoming, Oscar is unable to me ...more
Paperback, 46 pages
Published April 12th 2013 by Outskirts Press
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about How the Octopus Got Eight Arms, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about How the Octopus Got Eight Arms

Community Reviews

(showing 1-23)
Rating details
Sort: Default
|
Filter
Sandra Stiles
Sep 09, 2013 rated it really liked it

Oscar Octopus, like all octopi only had two arms. He was okay with this until he met Sharkey McGhee and they fell in love. They strolled the ocean bottom together, dined out and went to movies together. Finally, they got married. It wasn't long before they had eight little ones swimming around. One day Sharkey had to leave Oscar in charge of the kids while she went to visit her sick mother. He tried his best but just didn't have enough arms to take care of everything. He frantically calls his wi
...more
Joe Hempel
Apr 05, 2014 rated it did not like it
What should have been a cute little fable ended up sending out the wrong message. Was this the author’s intent? I really don’t think so, but nonetheless, there were several things wrong with the story that were almost quite offensive as a father.
This review is courtesy of topoftheheapreviews.com
First we’ll start with the good though. It’s illustrated beautifully, and the text is very easy for everyone to read. The pages are durable, and the book is easy to read upside down when reading to a grou
...more
Patricia Kemp Blackmon
My Thoughts:

Deep in the ocean a romance grew, it must have been love at first sight, between Oscar the Octopus and the lovely Sharkey McGhee. They enjoyed a wonderful courtship and were seen out dining and even at the movies. Then one day Sharkey donned a lovely bridal veil and Oscar a handsome top hat and were joined in matrimony.

I would like to say they lived happily ever after. You see their family was blessed with eight babies. Thing became stressful for the new parents because Sharkey had
...more
LeighAnn
Sep 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Oscar is an octopus with 2 arms just like you and I. He marries Sharky and they become parents. Sharky has to leave for awhile so Oscar is responsible for taking care of the children while she is away. Oscar can't keep up with all of his kids' needs. When Sharky returns, her husband is so exhausted he is almost dead. She rushes him to the hospital where the doctor performs and emergency operation on Oscar. He is not more prepared to meet the demanding needs of his family.

Oh how I wish I could ha
...more
Stacie
Oct 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
HOW THE OCTOPUS GOT EIGHT ARMS tells the funny story of Oscar the Octopus. When octopus, like Oscar, first came to sea, they only had two arms, like you and me. The rest of the story is told in rhyme and shares how Oscar met and fell in love with Sharky McGhee, a shark. Eventually Sharky and Oscar marry and are blessed with multiple versions of themselves and Oscar just doesn't seem to have enough arms to care for them. So, Sharky hatches a plan to get Oscar some help to handle all these babies. ...more
Mason
Aug 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Ever wonder how octopus came to have eight arms? Author Yvonne Arroyo answers that intriguing questions in her delightful tale about Oscar the Octopus.

Oscar originally had only two arms and was quite happy. Then he meet the lovely Sharky McGhee. They were soon married in a fairy tale wedding and before long they were blessed with eight offspring.

Oscar discovered he couldn’t care for all of his family with only two arms. He has to make adjustments in order to keep up with his demanding family lif
...more
Sally Wolf
Dec 01, 2013 rated it liked it
I have mixed feelings about this book. The concept of it is very endearing: a two legged octopus marries a shark and they have eight children. When the wife is called away on a family emergency, the octopus is left to take care of the children on his own. He is unable to do so and falls ill. The wife returns home and takes him to the hospital where they give him more arms. I liked this book up to the point where he goes to the hospital. He drinks some green fluid and then gets surgery to have th ...more
Gayle Pace
Aug 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
REVIEW:

I feel every child should have this book HOW THE OCTOPUS GOT EIGHT ARMS. It is such an enjoyable read. The story has the child using his imagination to the fullest. It introduces sea animals to the child. The author used rhyming to add a little humor in telling the story of the troubles that Oscar Octopus goes through. He has only two arms and the child can use his imagination to discover how Oscar got six more. The book is beautifully illustrated and is quite colorful. Children love colo
...more
Lauren Monsey Nagel
Nov 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids
I thought this book was a quite enjoyable to read. I also had the pleasure of reading it to four of my grandchildren a boy age 4 and a pair of 6 year old boys and a just turned 8 year old girl. I share their ages because I think it's something good if assorted ages of children enjoy having a book read to them, this one did that.. This is the amusing tale of 2 different fish that meet up and fall in love. After their fun and romantic days of dating, they have a fairy tale wedding and soon after b ...more
Momma Frugal
Jan 06, 2014 rated it really liked it


This book is a great myth book! As an adult, you must remember that when you are reading the book. I agree with other reviewers that this is a great way to teach children (ages 5 - 9) about myths.


In this book you will be introduced to Oscar Octopus (a octopus), who only has two arms. He meets Sharkey McGhee (a shark) and they fall in love.


Soon afterwards they have a family and when Sharkey has to leave due to a family emergency, Daddy (Oscar) is left to care for their eight children.

What happen
...more
My Book Addiction and More MBA
HOW THE OCTOPUS GOT EIGHT ARMS: TWO ARMS ARE NEVER ENOUGH by Yvonne Arroyo an exciting Poetry/General/Children's book. A whimsical story of Oscar the Octopus,his family and how the Octopus got eight arms. Written with rhyming words,and vivid illustrations. An absolutely delightful tale that will have you smiling....Loved it! Has beautiful illustrations that are rich in detail,and vivid color. Young and old are sure to be delighted in this well written story of a fairy tale wedding,and what follo ...more
Susan
Aug 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Yvonne Arroyo pens "How the Octopus Got Eight Arms", a fantastic rhyming book that shows how Oscar Octopus got his eight arms in colorful illustrations. Although an octopus has always had eight arms, this delightful story does teach a lesson in family. love and responsibility. My neighbors son fell in love with this book and now comes over quite often for more "O'car". Highly recommended for all pre-schoolers.

This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an
...more
Shannon Clark
Jul 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: not-reviewed-yet
Oh my word!! What a snarky little picture book!! My 6th graders are going to love this. I wonder if they will catch on to the quirky phrases throughout.

A laugh out loud kind of book! My kind of book!
Dlsetlor
rated it it was ok
Jul 29, 2013
Fran
rated it it was amazing
Aug 23, 2014
Niki (Daydream Reader)
marked it as to-read
Jul 30, 2013
Julie Johnson
marked it as to-read
Jul 30, 2013
Alinka Rutkowska
marked it as to-read
Sep 04, 2014
Mindy Mymudes
marked it as to-read
Sep 04, 2014
Julie Jerome
marked it as to-read
Nov 01, 2014
Angelisa Contreras
marked it as to-read
Nov 03, 2015
Ummmohd75
marked it as to-read
Nov 09, 2015
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »