Review: Becci Louise’s Octopus Medicine

There is a  gorgeous review of Octopus Medicine by Aoife Lyall in The Interpreter’s House, issue 66.  She writesØ:

Octopus medicine is not a traditional poetry collection; it is three verse-stories about the octopus, interpolated by illustrations, facts, figures and instructions to the reader. It is doing something new. And it is doing it remarkably well….

…These verse-stories may be read alone but they also need to be read aloud, animated, orchestrated, painted, performed, and recorded. They are enthralling, dynamic and utterly captivating.”

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Get yourself a copy of both the review and Becci Louise’s Octopus Medicine: the story  of an octopus who dreams of stars, a self-important fisherman who gets what’s coming to him, and a misunderstood monster.   Octopus Medicine is  an invitation to adventure for misfits, outsiders, the lonely. These three verse stories call us down into an octopus world where days are dark, everything’s out to eat you, and nothing’s what it seems. Written for young and old alike, this is a collection for reading at bedtime, acting out on playgrounds, for sharing with grandparents. In its mysterious way, the octopus has much to teach us all.