Octopus Soup: A Yummy Wordless Treat


Octopus Soup by Mercer Mayer

When an octopus climbs up an anchor line and into a fisherman’s basket, it causes all sorts of chaos.  The octopus is flung onto the head of someone cleaning the street and from there is chased through a window.  Taking refuge in a pitcher of water, the octopus is discovered by a chef with a taste for octopus soup.  A chase ensues, ending with the octopus hanging from the dock until it drops into the chef’s waiting soup pot.  But don’t fret, there is yet another twist in this tale.

Mayer’s latest features vaudeville physical humor and a timeless story.  The wordless story has more than enough humor to keep children giggling, enough tension to keep them wondering what will happen, and more than enough appeal for young readers. 

Hand this to children too young to be reading yet who want a book they can “read” on their own.  Appropriate for ages 4-6.

Reviewed from library copy.