Reading/Interest Level: Preschool
Author: Suzy Senior
Illustrator: Claire Powell
Publisher: Little Tiger Press
Everyone has underpants except Octopus. It’s just too hard to find a place that sells them for someone with eight legs. Octopus checks all over town. He even shops online. It seems a futile effort, until one day, Octopus comes across the “Under-Sea Emporium.” This store is famous all over the ocean for having clothes for everyone. Even so, there are no octopants. It turns out he doesn’t need them. What Octopus thought were his legs were really eight great arms.
Octopants is a much-needed book as it addresses children who need specialized clothing. This book addresses those children with their concerns and helps them feel validated. It shows the octopus’s frustration at not finding clothing after checking store after store, embarrassment from being teased for being different, and sadness at feeling peculiar. The illustrations are colorful, engaging, and silly. The text has a lovely rhyme and is rather short, which makes it an alluring read for all preschoolers. Octopants should have a permanent home in any children’s library.