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The Octonauts and the Frown Fish [Hardcover]

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4 Mar 2010

Hello Kitty meets Star Trek under the sea! Dive in for adventure in this classic story featuring global sensations, The Octonauts! The classic Octonauts picture books inspired the phenomenally successful animated TV series, broadcast around the world.

The Octonauts are a crew of cute animals who love to explore the big blue ocean. From their underwater base, the Octopod, the eight intrepid friends are always ready for fun and excitement!

When the Octonauts meet a fish with a giant frown on his face, they begin to feel glum too! The Octonauts try everything they can to cheer him up; making music, field trips, miniature golf, and even a baking marathon. Will their new friend ever smile?

Product details

  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks (4 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007312539
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007312535
  • Product Dimensions: 28.9 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 567,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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MEOMI is Vicki Wong and Michael Murphy. They are the authors and illustrators of the Octonauts series.

Meomi enjoys spending their time making up silly stories, drinking tea, and drawing strange creatures. Their artwork has been featured in numerous illustration and design books, while their characters have appeared on clothing, toys, merchandise, and magazines worldwide. They are the designers of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic mascots (Quatchi, Miga, Sumi and Mukmuk).

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About the Author

Meomi is Vicki Wong and Michael Murphy. Meomi's characters have appeared on clothing, toys, merchandise and magazines worldwide and they designed the 2010 Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic mascots. Visit them at

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant pictures 5 Dec 2010
By emne
My son (4yrs) loves this programme on the TV and was delighted with this book. The pictures are beautiful and he loves to 'read' the story to himself. Fantastic!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The Octonauts are a team of cute anthropomorphic animals that try to help others at peril in the sea using a combination of high technology, teamwork, derring do and gentle humour. Imagine an aquatic version of Thunderbirds/Star Trek with character design by Sanrio. My children, like many of the CBeebies-watching crowd of 2011, will probably have fond memories of these characters when they are adults. My eldest wants to be Dashi - a photographer like Mummy. My youngest daughter identifies with Peso, a shy penguin medic, even if she is more a Kwazii Kitten (a brash pirate cat).

We wanted to get my youngest daughter something Octonauts-related for her third birthday, so we decided to buy some of the the story books. Confusingly there are two sets of story books - ones with an orange spine that are based upon episodes from the television series and a series of Meomi books with a blue spine that were written (in part) before the television series. Whereas the television series and orange spined books are all bright colours, representations of real sea creatures and sunlit seas, the blue spined books are more phantasmagorical with a slyer sense of humour. It's not always clear which of the sea creatures featured in the blue spined books actually exist and which are flights of fancy by the authors. I really liked this Sanrio-meets-Thunderbirds-meets-Tove Jansson (The Moomins) vibe.

In the end we bought all of the blue spined Meomi books. My daughters loved them all, but especially the one about the 'Frown Fish'. In this book, the Octonauts team encounter a gloomy-looking fish whose grumpy little face is making all the fish around it feel miserable too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Octonauts 9 Jan 2011
By Steve
This was bought as a Christmas present for my daughter who is a massive Octonauts fan and she loved it. Good stories and excellent quality. Only strange thing is the character Dashi on the tv programme is Sauci in the book?!?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful! 19 April 2011
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Lovely books, great illustrations and thoughtful stories that are cute and intelligent. Loved the random Devo joke that only a handful of UK older readers would get!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Frowns from this! 14 Jun 2011
By Chloe S "Chick Lit Chloe" TOP 500 REVIEWER
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The Octonauts and the Frown Fish is Harry's first Octonauts book, so neither of us knew what to expect when we received it through the post. I was really impressed with the beautiful front cover, full of bright and bold colour that young readers will love and each of the main characters pictured so children can relate that to what they see on the television easily. This trend continues throughout the book, with the pictures being bright and very colourful, and a joy to look at. Unusually for a child's book, there is always a lot of illustrations on each page, even the smallest details are taken care of and each page is fantastic to look at. The characters all appear on each page and feature prominently, Harry loves going through and seeking them out on each page.

The story follows the Octonauts coming a fish that looks very sad, always going around with a frown on its face. The Octonauts decide to take it upon themselves to try and cheer up the Frown Fish, with each of them offering up their own suggestion to make the Frown Fish smile, although none of it seems to work. The Octonauts have to figure out what it is about the Frown Fish that makes him special and save the day once more! It's an easy story for children to follow, with the opportunity for lots of discussion about the ideas going on, and also emotions too which I felt was a good topic for Harry and I to talk about while reading this, and why the creatures all enjoyed different things.

The language used throughout the book is quite adult, and I would certainly say all young readers are going to need help reading this, or even just having an adult read it just like I have to with Harry. Some of the terms used are hard for youngsters to get their heads around, but me explaining the ideas to Harry usually sorts it out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely book for Octonauts fans 26 Jan 2011
Bought this book for my 4 year old son who is a big fan of the Octonauts TV programme. It has been a big hit with him - and with me for that matter. Of the three stories available as I write, this is the closest to the TV stories, involving a real sea creature at its centre. The pictures are wonderful, and encourage my son to point out details that he's spotted. And - further to other reviews - I am pleased to say that Dashi is now Dashi in the books, as well as on TV!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars octonauts & frown fish 26 Dec 2010
By Chezza
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Buy it now before it becomes collectable. Brilliant story and imaginative illustrations. The whole here family love it, (we are 4yrs to 80yrs).
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Book! 29 Nov 2010
By 76Roses
The illustrations in this Octonauts book are beautiful - just as we expected. The story is really cute too. Can't wait to give it to my 2 year old.:)
Package arrived much quicker than expected, although on the down side the book has a crease on the back cover.:(
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5.0 out of 5 stars Octonauts books
This book is great for many ages - easy enough for my 3 year old to understand the story, but with added scientific accuracy to suit older children or adults, combined with a great... Read more
Published 5 months ago by M Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Great kids loved it , great item good quality good value for money recommended. Perfect for bedtime and nice size
Published 5 months ago by Mrs S M Firth
5.0 out of 5 stars GRANDSON LOVES IT
I bought this for my Grandson, who is 3 and an Octonauts fan. He loved both the story and illustrations.
Published 7 months ago by willoughbyimp
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Octonaut fans - young and old
We love these Meomi books. The illustrations are so good. We always find something new to look at and discuss (and delay bedtime with!!). Read more
Published 10 months ago by C. Algie
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely story
All very nice. Including the story, pictures, delivery, packaging and the price!

I chose this story as it looked more fun. And it was. Read more
Published 13 months ago by aknel
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch a toddler light up!
Bought this for a friends little boy, who's a fan of the TV programme. His face lit up when he saw the book and was pointing at his favourite characters. Read more
Published 14 months ago by G A Harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely book
A bit edgier than the tv series with beautifully detailed illustrations. A good read for children who love these characters.
Published 15 months ago by BethanW
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny
My son is only 16 months old and would ordinarily have never considered buying this book for him yet. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mrs M
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully illustrated
A lovely book, sweet story and my two loved it. It is nice to see the original Octonaut creation. Well worth a purchase
Published 19 months ago by VJS
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful pictures
My son loves this story, it's beautifully illustrated and wonderfully told! We especially liked the way the Octoalert is illustrated. Read more
Published 22 months ago by eric the girl
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