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Thank You, Octopus

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  535 ratings  ·  118 reviews
Fans of Mo Willems will love this funny bedtime story!
Ahoy! It's bedtime, and Octopus is here to help his buddy get ready. First up is a bath (Thank you, Octopus) . . . in egg salad (No, thank you, Octopus)! Then it’s time to brush teeth…with paint brushes!  And don't worry, Octopus made sure there were no monsters under the bed…because they’re all in the closet! No, than
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published May 1st 2014 by Dial Books
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May 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
This is a dynamite read-aloud storybook. Funny stuff. The premise is very simple, and allows for audience/child participation, but it is also clever and surprising, so it won't get stale on re-readings.

Even if you found you child tiring of the punchlines, the book is structured so that a creative parent could easily add their own jokes to keep the story fresh. The illustrations are also bright and adorable.

I would recommend this to any parent with a child aged 3-7, and especially for Mo Willem
J. Boo
Nov 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-to-kids
Picture book story of an octopus who attempts to be helpful, but fails both miserably and surreally. (view spoiler)

I read it a few days ago; didn't think much of the illustrations, and considered the text a clever idea that didn't really pan out. But then I read it to the kids, and both DS#1 (age 5) and DD (age 3) were wildly in favor, demanded an immediate reread, and then another b
Oh my goodness! My son got completely obsessed with this book. It’s one of the first books he started quoting (and still does all the time). I picked it up originally because I love cephalopods. It is a book about a boy and his octopus that live on a steam boat and they are getting ready for bed. But every time Octopus tries to help, things get really silly. Like he tries to give him a bath and the boy thanks him, then the readers realize that it’s “a bath in egg salad”, to which the boy exclaim ...more
Dec 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was hilarious - it had me and my husband ROFL-ing! On each page, the octopus offers to help the little boy with something...and then does something completely unhelpful instead! (E.g. "Let me help put your pj's on...the Statue of Liberty!!") Every time the octopus offers, the little boy says thanks...and each time the octopus doesn't really help, the little boy says "No thank you, octopus!". The illustrations were great - if you look closely in each panel it foretells what might happen next ...more
Edward Sullivan
May 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Octopi are probably not the best choice for babysitting.
Dec 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: storytime, childrens
Kids will think it is funny, but it wasn't one of my favorites. ...more
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
We've read this 100+ times in our household and still laugh so much. It's so great and fabulous illustrations! ...more
Luis Reynoso
Feb 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Thank you, Octopus is about an octopus helping a young child get read for bed. He helps the young boy take a bath, then put on his pajamas, brush his teeth, and even read the young boy a story.
The illustrations are unrealistic. For example, the boys head is not proportional to his body. The illustrations seem to be drawn in pencil and there is a repetitive use of the colors blue and red. The pages are predominantly in blue and red. In this book the red could mean warmth, for, as the octopus is
Rebecca Ann
Mar 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This book was weird, so naturally I loved it. Warning, the child is "naked" in a few of the photos although it is all very tactful and kids will probably find it funny. Octopus offers the boy things like a bubble bath, being rocked to sleep etc, and (much like in Amelia Bedelia) each thing has a hilarious twist based on wordplay. The illustrations were colorful and fun. ...more
Sep 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was really cute and funny -- it can accompany a discussion about saying thank you and no thank you, but it has its own quirky thing going on that makes it funny. At least to me. To be honest, my kids only laughed a few times. They thought it was cool the boy lived on a boat, though.

I also thought the illustrations were cute, and the friendship between the octopus and the boy is very sweet.
I think kids would find this book to be hilarious - the octopus is constantly doing things in different ways than one would expect, which makes the delivery fun and new. It's also pretty random, but I think that adds to its appeal. I agree with others in this thread that lovers of Mo Willems will also enjoy this book! ...more
Jul 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Age: Preschool-1st grade

Octopus and Buddy are great friends. Buddy is always grateful for what Octopus provides but sometimes he tricks Buddy.
"I made you a nice warm bath."
"Thank you, Octopus."
"of egg salad."
"Gross! No thank you, Octopus."
Kids will be rolling on the floor with the humor in this book that plays on our expectations.
Kent District Library
“This quirky picture book was a hit with the Storytime crowd, and we’ve adopted ‘No thank you, Octopus’ as a standard response at home. It’s silly, ala Mo Willems, and tons of fun to read aloud. After reading, you will know what a bathtub full of egg salad looks like and see the results of brushing your teeth with a paint brush. Awesome!”
—Liz at KDL’s Plainfield Township Branch
Aug 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
I can't wait to read this to my 4-year-old grandson as this is just the sort of over-the-top silliness that he loves. Farrell clearly IS a brilliant 4-year-old or knows one well ;-) I love the large blocky illustrations and the bright palette. I am sure that "No Thank You, Octopus"is going to become a common phrase around our house! ...more
Aug 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
I saw this sitting on my desk when I came into work. Even before reading it, I knew I needed to check it out. My daughter has a frienemy octopus! We're constantly reminding him to be nice. Every night I have to tell my daughter that the octopus is going to bed, too, and we say night-night to him.

The book itself is simple and cute. Kids with imaginary friends should enjoy!
Jen Nicol
Mar 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: storytime-picks
I read a fair few children's books every week and select just three for each story time. This is absolutely the most fun book I've read at story time, and the kids LOVED it! It was the final book of the evening and the kids were completely engaged and cracking up, which is the best endorsement possible! ...more
Heydi Smith
Sep 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-storytime
I had fun with this book. It's a great story for 'call and repeat'. At first I thought this was a baby book but it turned out to be totally Storytime worthy.

Would be a great edition to a fun bedtime or even monster Storytime. (Even though the monsters aren't mentioned til the end - it will add to the reveal.)
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
A short, funny book about a boy and his not-so-helpful octopus. The octopus offers to help his friend put pajamas on ("Thank you, Octopus!") ... on the Statue of Liberty, that is. ("No thank you, Octopus!") The pictures are detailed and contain hints as to what's coming for those who pay attention. A humorous way to reinforce thank you and no thank you. ...more
May 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE this book! Darren is just brilliant in how he tells a story and the artwork is not only darling but incredibly creative. AND...he did that, too! I just can't recommend it highly enough. The message is perfect and children will want to hear it over and over again! ...more
Amy Rae
Jul 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A hilarious read-aloud with appealingly detailed illustrations. The general buzz compares it to Mo Willems, but while I was reading it, I couldn't help but be reminded of the quirky humour and human-animal pairing of Adventure Time. ...more
Jul 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Thank you, Octopus is an adorable quick read for little readers and listeners about a helpful octopus that often assists his friend in unexpected and unwanted ways. Kids will belly giggle over the silliness and Fans of Mo Williams will appreciate this lovable eight legged character.
Um, so this is my new favorite picture book. It's super cute, and super ridiculous, and it's one that I can't wait to read in storytime because I think the kids and parents alike will find it highly amusing! I'm making everyone at work read it whether they want to or not, ha! ...more
Dec 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picturebook
Every kid knows the bedtime routine, but octopus keeps putting a silly spin on it. Bath before bedtime? In potato salad! Drying off after? With a tuba! The giggle-inducing twists using simple language will stand up to repeated reading, making this an excellent bedtime book.
Jan 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edith
Well, E. loved this, and it was fun to read. Unfortunately, she now scared of monsters. But, that was bound to happen eventually. I'd still recommend it, but probably best for kids who already think about monsters under the bed, in closets etc. ...more
Bonnie Jean
Feb 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was a very silly bedtime book. Octopus tries to help his buddy get ready for bed, but he has a somewhat unusual sense of how bedtime should go ("I made you up a warm bath..." "Thank you, Octopus!" "...of egg salad!" "No thank you, Octopus!"). My 5-year-old adored it. ...more
Kasey Fernandez
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is too cute and it is absolutely fun to read! It gives the reader tons of practice saying "thank you" and "no thank you." The illustrations and color scheme are lovely. One of our new favorites ...more
Jun 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Weird and might not translate well for storytime, but it cracked me up!
Jun 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I loved the absurdity of this book!
Jun 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Made me laugh out loud! I certainly wouldn't want this octopus putting me to bed! ...more
Justin Bloch
Jun 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Hilarious! We can't read it as our final bedtime story because our three year old giggles so much, she gets hyper! ...more
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Darren is an award winning children’s book Author & Illustrator, having published four books with Penguin and Scholastic. He has been featured in the New York Times, NPR and the Huffington Post and is currently creating his first original series with His newest book, Dandelion Magic, comes out April 2021 from Penguin Random House (Dial).

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