Cowboy & Octopus / Jon Scieszka & Lane Smith.

Cowboy and Octopus maintain their friendship despite different opinions about things like beans and knock-knock jokes.

Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Scieszka, Jon.
Other Authors: Smith, Lane, (Illustrator)
Format: Book
Published: New York, N.Y. : Viking, c2007.
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Scieszka and Smith (Math Curse) unpack a bin of old toys and comics for this characteristically oddball entry. Their title page, which depicts a pair of scissors beside a sheet of "Western Heroes" paper dolls and an undersea comic book, reveals the origins of Cowboy and Octopus-both are paper cutouts that pose the same way throughout this episodic volume. Blond, cinematic Cowboy wears pressed jeans tucked into fancy boots and a fringed paisley shirt suitable for the rodeo. Sky-blue Octopus, with a tangle of tentacles, is shaded with pre-digital lavender dots. After cooperating to ride a seesaw, they "shake hands, and shake hands, and shake hands" a total of eight times, cementing their friendship. Octopus wears a doily and tiara for a Halloween costume, proclaiming himself the tooth fairy ("Now that's scary," Cowboy quips) and attempts to tell Cowboy a knock-knock joke ("Ain't nobody there!" the dude protests). At "Chow Time," Cowboy cooks "Beans and Bacon, Bacon and Beans, and just plain Beans... with a little bit of bacon" for Octopus; the cephalopod, who likes neither, "licks one bean" because "Cowboy has worked so hard just for him." Greeting-card sentiments about friendship, punctuated by classic cowboy-isms dot the text. Those who love Scieszka and Smith's absurd humor will get the joke, but this is a lesser entry in the pair's pantheon. All ages. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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