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Advanced Review – Uncorrected Proof
Issue: July 1, 2018
Inky's Amazing Escape: How a Very Smart Octopus Found His Way Home.
By Sy Montgomery. Illus. by Amy Schimler-Safford
Oct. 2018. 32p. Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman, $17.99 (9781534401914). PreS–Gr. 2
Acclaimed nature writer Montgomery has written about octopuses for adults and middle-graders (TheOctopus Scientists, 2015). Now she brings the curious cephalopod to the pre- and primary-school sets.Inky achieved worldwide fame after escaping from New Zealand’s National Aquarium via a floor drain.
Montgomery tells Inky’s story by imagining his life as a young hatchling in the Pacific Ocean, noting thefood he would eat, how he’d use his suckers (to grip and taste!), and his driving desire to explore. Drama
enters in the form of a moray eel, which injures Inky, who then hides in a lobster trap. Luckily, thefisherman who finds Inky takes him to the aquarium, and the rest is history. The mixed-media illustrationsmake good use of dynamic spreads, color, and texture—perfect for a book on a master of camouflage.
Montgomery seamlessly incorporates interesting facts about octopuses into the narrative, such as octopuses’ tendency to change color to match their mood. An author’s note provides more information onInky, observations about octopuses in captivity, and fun facts.
— Julia Smith

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