Saturday, 28 December 2013
Octopus's Garden by Ringo Starr and Ben Cort
Based on the lyrics of the world famous Beatles song, this glorious picture book follows five children on a magical journey through the Octopus's garden. The playful Octopus takes them on a wondrous underwater adventure - riding on the backs of turtles, playing pirates in a sunken city and sheltering from a storm in the octopus's cave.
Written by Ringo Starr, this book has been based on the popular Beatles song lyrics. It is a fantastic book which children will love looking at (or listening to , as the hardback copy I have has a CD included which has the song and the book narrated by Ringo Starr himself, although whenever I hear his voice I expect to see Thomas the Tank Engine and the Fat Controller). The illustrations throughout the book are brilliant - they are bright and cheerful and would look brilliant on any children's bedroom. I especially love the page where all the sea anemones are, it would look perfect with a little glitter spread throughout too.
An interesting feature to the book is that not all the double page spreads are landscape, some have to be turned to portrait to read the words, something I have not seen in many books, and I thought it was just a little bit different.
It is a good book for Beatles fans to give to children or for any one who wants to pass on a great story with a strong rhythm and easy for children to join in with.
Thank you to Simon and Schuster Children's Books for sending me the book to review.