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Octopus's Garden

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  188 Ratings  ·  38 Reviews
Come sing and dance around in an octupus’s garden in the shade! The classic Beatles song comes to life with colorful illustrations from bestselling illustrator Ben Cort and a CD with a new music recording and audio reading from stellar musician Ringo Starr.

I’d like to be under the sea
In an octopus’s garden in the shade
He’d let us in, knows where we’ve been
In his octopus’
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 4th 2014 by Aladdin (first published January 1st 2013)
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Jul 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It's so sweet and the pictures are adorable!
May 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mariam
Oh what joy for every girl and boy! If ever there was a Beatles song in need of a vibrant new kids' book, it's this one. (And it was a lot of fun watching my daughter realize that I already knew the words somehow.) The CD includes a new recording of our old friend Ringo singing it and reading it, too. My only complaint is that the tones on the CD signaling page turns are pretty fast, which puts the pages in danger of being ripped as we try to keep up. Four stars.
Edward Sullivan
Jan 31, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books, songs
I love Ringo and I love the song but a great song does not necessarily make a good picture. In this case, it's quite awful thanks in large part to the dreadful illustrations.
Dec 31, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-wee-ones
This is a bit silly - great song but it doesn't work as a story book. Just comes across as a further attempt to squeeze more money out of The Beatles fame.
Aug 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
The Beatles' song is now illustrated in a large format picture book and includes a sing-along c.d.
Heather Jo
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: meggie-list
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Matti Karjalainen
Oct 22, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: The Beatles -faneille
Vuonna 1969 ilmestynyt The Beatles -albumi "Abbey Road" sisälsi Octopus's Garden -nimisen kappaleen, jonka oli sanoittanut ja säveltänyt bändin rumpali Ringo Starr. Hän myös lauloi kappaleen levylle.

Lastenlaulua muistuttaneesta kappaleesta on nyt tehty samanniminen kuvakirja, jonka on kuvittanut Ben Cort. Cortin kuvitustöitä ei ole nähty meillä Suomessa, mutta maailmalla hänet tunnetaan mm. Aliens Love Underpants -kirjan kuvituksesta.

"Octopus's Garden" seuraa sanatarkasti alkuperäisen laulun te
Jun 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-books, ocean
I didn't realize this was written by Ringo Star until we sat down to start reading it this weekend. I grabbed it because it was summery (ocean) and the illustrations looked cute and appealing to my daughter.

This book is basically the song by the Beatles, but with kids illustrations. Since I grew up listening to the Beatles thanks to my dad, this book was fun! While I can't quite remember the whole rhythm of the song, the book was still fun anyway.

The illustrations were cartoony and brightly colo
I thought this was a great book! I really loved the colorful illustrations and I think that kids will really like them. I have to admit, I couldn't figure out how the song went when I read through it the first time (Beatle mania was a bit before my time.) But then I played the accompanying cd and knew it right away, of course. It's a catchy tune and since the cd is included with the book, will naturally get parents singing this with/to their kids. Will definitely be going on the nominations page ...more
Mar 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An illustrated picture book of classic Beatles awesomeness with musical accompaniment?? Yes please!! I admit I kind of jumped about excitedly when I saw this in the new arrivals section of the library. Ben Cort did a nice job bringing this underwater adventure to life for young readers. The disc includes three tracks:

1. With the original song,
2. Ringo Star himself narrating (LOVED IT),
3. Karaoke style without the lyrics.
I picked this book up on a whim because HECK YEAH BEATLES and I hoped the kids at work would enjoy it.

They love that the book has a soundtrack (they honestly say "Hi Ringo!" when he speaks ;__;) and a song to sing along to. I also noticed that the little boy who is more or less the main character has a pet goldfish following him around on each page, and the kids like searching for him in every illustration.
Nov 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Octopus Garden is written by Ringo Starr (the Beatles member) and illustrated by Ben Cort. It is a beautifully illustrated picture book that leads children to a mysterious underwater world and the importance of friendship.

The book comes with a CD of Beatles song: Ringo singing and reading along with the book. This book is good for children 3-9, they can read and sing along with the book. It would be a good book for children who like to use their imagination.
Feb 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Other Children's Book of the Month Selection .. whoops missed the cancellation deadline. This is suggested for age 4-8. Comes with a CD of the Beatles song. My GK's will probably enjoy it. It's a silly song. Haven't listened to this version , as it will be a gift. The text is simple.I think the pictures are cute and colorful. I usually like to choose my own books.
Chelsea Merkley
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I sang through most of it as I read it to myself. The Pictures are absolutely beautiful, and so colorful. My son and I have read it together before. He suggested we get it. I will have him look at it while we listen to it tomorrow in the car. I am a special education teacher's aide- so this book is just up my alley.
Apr 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
While it's a lovely fun little song for children, it's a pretty unordinary children's book as far as the illustrations go.

Would be fun for an ocean-themed storytime.

A bit painful as far as the Ringo read-through goes. I do like that there's a 'karaoke' version of the song with just the music that would allow the reader to sing their own way through the book.
Apr 21, 2014 added it
Shelves: multicultural
This book is great for children who like to use their imagination. It tells about a boy and his friends who wish they lived in an octopus's garden. It can be used to allow children to come up with their own ideas of places they would like to go which lets them use their imagination and creativity.
This book illustrates the lyrics of Octopus's Garden by the Beatles. If you know the song, it's nice to sing the words, and even if you don't, the illustrations are beautiful. Great for an ECE audience!
May 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
Love the song, making it a picture book was sure to happen eventually, but I can't say this book makes much of a splash for me.

The artwork is cartoony and the octopus isn't nearly as memorable as he ought to be. The CD is included which makes for a fun read aloud experience for PreK-2.
I understand that no illustrator could come even close to the images I have conjured up in my head after listening to this song a million times...however these illustrations seem particularly commercial and soulless.
Apr 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jp-2014, jp-st-ocean
Fun brightly colored art. Might be hard to do as a story time, because you have to rotate some of the pages. BUT, this version I have was a book WITH a cd, so that might make it easier, if I'm not worried about reading it.
Sarah Herrington
The illustrations in this book were vibrant and wonderful, but there just wasn't much to the book. I mean the words are a song, so I don't know that I should've expected much. Maybe just a bit more descriptive writing or a more engaging story?
Jul 06, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Illustrations are beautiful! Really vibrant and detailed. Me & the kid both enjoyed, he actually let me sing it to him ;-) Didn't listen to the CD. Recommend for Beatles fans and their children.
Mar 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Joyous and stunning!
Angeline Theis
Jul 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love that my little guy is enjoying the Beatles through this silly picture book.
Mar 17, 2016 rated it liked it
reviewed May, 2014 column
Aug 07, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Absolute rubbish. I picked this up in Waterstones thinking it was a story book but it is more like an illustrated song. Very poorly done.
Feb 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We enjoyed singing along to this one. The illustrations were quite nice too.
Charming little story with a lovely message for children. Even better, listen to the audiobook. I love Ringo's accent!
Sep 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bit like Butlins really
Great Books
Feb 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: family, ages-5-8
Come visit an octopus's garden in this colorfully illustrated picture book of the classic Beatles song.

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Richard Starkey, MBE, better known by his stage name Ringo Starr, is an Academy Award-winning English musician, singer, songwriter and actor, best known as the drummer for The Beatles. He was the oldest member of the band, and the last to join the "Fab Four" line up. He now enjoys a successful solo career.
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