How the Squid Got Two Long Arms
Greed can stretch more than the truth! Author Henry Herz tells a clever story about a selfish squid who pays the price for stretching the patience of his fellow sea creatures thin. The tale trails a shivering squid swimming through the cold waters of winter who spots a cozy looking sweater. Although it belongs to an octopus, the squid makes off with the sweater. Still not cozy, the squid keeps swimming and helping himself to more clothes to keep himself warm, until the true owners of the clothes come after him with dire consequences! This charming new twist on a pourquoi tale is complete with colorful comic book style illustrations and scientific information about real life squids that will interest readers of all ages!
- Hardback | 32 pages
- 216 x 279 x 7.62mm | 362.87g
- 05 Oct 2018
- Pelican Publishing Co
- Gretna, LA, United States
- 31 colour illus
"A bright, fun and whimsical meeting of storytelling and science all rolled up into a delightful story that you can wrap your two arms around." --Vanessa Brantley-Newton, Illustrator/Storyteller/Diversity Activist Once upon a time, a shivering squid swam through the cold winter water and spied a cozy sweater. From this chilly beginning, a comically heartwarming tale unfolds. Although the sweater belongs to an octopus, the selfish squid quickly makes off with it. Still not warm enough, the squid keeps slipping through the ocean depths, helping himself to more clothes. Things heat up when the real owners come after their belongings! Author Henry Herz offers a Rudyard Kipling-inspired explanation for the squid's long arms in this hilarious tale of aquatic acquisition and squid facts. Illustrator Luke Graber, whose quirky, colorful characterizations add another layer of humor to this undersea pourquoi tale, joins Herz in this fresh and entertaining picture book.
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"Witty and whimsical, this mischievous squid will inspire you to turn the pages." --Eugene Yelchin, author and illustrator of the Newbery Honor Book Breaking Stalin's Nose "Herz writes with a flourish of phrases that are really fun to read and Graber's richly colored illustrations are a nice match. We finally [keep italic] know how the squid got his long arms, thanks to Herz and Graber." --Tim Bowers, NYT best-selling illustrator of Dream Big, Little Pig! and Dinosaur Pet "Enjoy following the exploits of a ten-armed bandit whose thievery makes waves and whose plan to 'cap off' his piratical pursuits turns out to be eel-conceived." --Dee Leone, author of Dough Knights and Dragons "Rudyard Kipling, watch out! Here comes Henry Herz creating new explanations why strange creatures are built the way they are." -- Wendie Old, author of the award-winning book, To Fly: The Story of the Wright Brothers "A great read-aloud, with art by Luke Graber that recalls classic animation." --Daniel Kirk, best-selling author and illustrator of the Library Mouse series
About Henry Hertz
Henry Hertz delights in telling tales about crafty characters. His picture books have their roots in the science and fantasy genres that he loves. Hertz is a frequent speaker at conferences and hosts a blog focusing on childrens literature. Luke Graber earned a BFA in illustration from the Cleveland Institute of Art and illustrated his first pourquoi tale about a rhino while still a student. He honed his distinctive comic style through several more book projects before joining Essence Cartoon as a freelance illustrator and 2D animator.