How to Get Your Octopus to School

Becky Scharnhorst and Jaclyn Sinquett


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How to Get Your Octopus to School by Scharnhorst, Becky
Regular price $18.99
Regular price Sale price $18.99
*"A charming, eight-armed hug of a story that won't hide long on library shelves"-- School Library Journal (starred review)

Learn how to get your octopus to school in this hilarious and endearing back-to-school story!

Getting your octopus to school won't be easy. He would much rather stay home with you and play hide-and-seek or dress-up. But you know your octopus will love school if he gives it a chance. And you'll tell him that . . . as soon as you can find him . . .

Reminiscent of If You Take a Mouse to School, get your little one ready for school with this silly and sweet back-to-school story. Perfect for any parent who has struggled to get their child ready for school in the morning! Includes an embellished list of octopus facts in the backmatter.

Praise for How to Get Your Octopus to School

"A charming back-to-school book for the nervous octopus in all of us."-Kirkus reviews

"A visual treat of a picture book. The octopus serves as a sweet buffer for viewers who are shy about going to school themselves, and older siblings may benefit from a reminder to be patient with little ones who don't know the drill just yet." --BCCB

"Scharnhorst offers funny and endearingly patient point-by-point advice on a morning routine . . . All the while, Sinquett's breezy digital art depicts a small, salmon-hued octopus humorously exhibiting arrayed behaviors both human and cephalopod . . . [a] sweetly humorous take on a familiar rite of passage." --Publishers Weekly

Publisher: Flamingo Books
Published: 05/16/2023
Pages: 32
Weight: 0.9lbs
Size: 11.20h x 9.20w x 0.50d
ISBN: 9780593205228
Age: Ages 4-8

Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 02/01/2023
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 04/01/2023
Publishers Weekly 06/26/2023
School Library Journal 08/01/2023 pg. 75
BookPage 08/01/2023

About the Author
Becky Scharnhorst is a children's book author who lives in Wisconsin with her husband, two kids, and several silly pets (but, sadly, no octopuses). She is the author of My School Stinks and This Field Trip Stinks. You can visit Becky online at or follow her on Twitter and Instagram @beckyscharn.

Jaclyn Sinquett grew up playing in her dad's garden, feeding worms to box turtles, and tossing french fries to seagulls at the Jersey Shore. She received her BFA in illustration from the University of the Arts in 2008 and has been illustrating professionally ever since. She now spends her time avoiding sunburn at the beach with her daughter, catching up on a certain great baking show, and illustrating books for children. Jaclyn is the illustrator of Loud Mouse, written by Idina Menzel and Cara Mentzel, and It Will Be OK, written by Lisa Katzenberger. She lives in Brick, New Jersey. You can visit Jaclyn Sinquett online at or follow her on Instagram @JSinquett.