Friday, November 23, 2012

Even an Octopus Needs a Home

Even an Octopus Needs a Home
Written and illustrated by Irene Kelly
32 pages, ages 6 – 9
Holiday House, 2011

“There’s no place like home,” begins Irene Kelly. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a person or a penguin, everybody needs a home. From the highest branches of a tree to the ocean floor, Kelly shows the diversity of animal abodes.

Chimps build a new sleeping platform every night – but they aren’t the only ones to sleep in trees. Parakeets construct complex condos, wasps build paper walls and weaver ants glue leaves together to make a place to sleep/

Kelly reveals the secrets of apartment dwellers – termites and corals. She illustrates simple homes: dens beneath tree roots or just enough space to roost. She talks about floating homes (canvas-backed ducks), mobile homes (hermit crabs) and bubble homes (underwater spider).

“But all animals, including humans, need homes for the same reason,” she writes. “To have a safe and snug place to live and raise a family.”

Check out other great science and nature books at STEM Friday - and remember, November is Picture Book Month! Review copy provided by publisher.


  1. Looks like a lovely book.

    You are doing PiBoTdMo this month? Hope it is going well.

    1. Thanks for dropping by, Roberta. And yes, am doing PiBoIdMo (jotting down a Picture Book Idea every day for this month).

  2. This looks like a great book! I like that octopus on the cover. I'll have to look for this one.