Tentacle Tuesday…All About the Octopus

Something rather interesting happened last week at the Seattle aquarium, Ink the new resident cephalopod was checking out his new habitat and in the process gave onlookers quite the show, it appeared as though he was going to come out of the habitat and get more acquainted with the aquarium patrons.  However, octopi are incredibly curious animals and like to explore by feeling around so maybe he wasn’t trying to make a break for it, but just checking out his new digs.

Ink is a new octopus at the aquarium because the other two were released back into the Puget Sound in February, these are the videos of Hazel & Franklin being released.  Classroom teachers, I am sure your students would love to watch these two videos, especially with the Darth Vader voices and all.

I wanted to share with you some really fun books that your petites might enjoy at all our cephalopod friends the octopus!

Walking Your Octopus

Walking Your Octopus: A Guidebook to the Domesticated Cephalopod

I am a huge fan of Brian Kesinger’s books.  They tell the tale of Victoria Psismall and her land octopus Otto.  These books are so unique, unlike any book I have ever seen before actually, even the shape of the book stands out and is unique.  Walking Your Octopus: A Guidebook to the Domesticated Cephalopod is so fun.  With thirty brilliantly illustrated panoramic pages you get to view the day to day life of Victoria and Otto as they do what any human and land octopus might do: biking, playing croquet, carving a pumpkin (a personal favorite of the petites) and dating.  Although this book is intended for children, it is for people who love art, comics, or octopuses.  I personally love the steam punk, Victorian era fashion.  There are also subtle references to Jules Verne which are always fun. My five year old loves the clothes Victoria wears as well as the silliness of Otto being a land octopus.  I would recommend these books for kids who are five and older.

Coloring with your octopus

Coloring With Your Octopus: A Coloring Book For Domesticated Cephalopods

Brian Kesinger came out with this coloring book in August, so if you love the book you can get one and color his amazing illustrations.

Traveling with your Octopus

Traveling With Your Octopus

Kesinger’s much anticipated second book released in February is sure to be a hit if you enjoyed the first book.  In this tale, Victoria and Otto as they travel the globe.  Sounds amazing right?

Since I declare today Tentacle Tuesday, I have to share with you this most amazing cake my incredibly talented friend Ally has made.  She makes these amazing (completely edible and delicious I might add) cakes just outside of Seattle.   This charming little fellow is made of:  Guinness chocolate cake with Baileys Swiss meringue butter cream. The tentacles are modeling chocolate and the octopus head is made of a cocoa peppermint rice crispy treat.  Isn’t this an amazing cake?  If you’re looking for an awesome incredibly unique custom cake let me know and I can put you in touch with her.

Cake 1

cake 2

Enjoy your Tentacle Tuesday!



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