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The Octonauts and the Only Lonely Monster
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
My 4 year old step Daughter loves the story but I'd have to say some of the dialogue is a bit old for her. Not a problem, just an observation. The art work is great. I still have yet to figure out Vegimals though! ;-) I'll be looking to buy more of these books.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 28 December 2010
This is the 1st Octonauts Book we have bought for our 4 year old daughter (who is completely obsessed with them!).

It is beautifully illustrated and there is some interesting ideas going on which makes it a little bit different. She loves reading it and can't wait to turn to the next page.

There are a couple of problems though. She is at the stage where she is trying to read her books, but the language in here (although some is tongue in cheek) can be very complex and she gets frustrated pretty quickly.

The second point is that story is based on an imaginary monster, not like the real life animals from the TV series which is a bit of a shame, but I assume the books came first...

Definitely worth buying if your little one is into Octonauts, our's now wants to be a marine biologist (a bit more interesting than wanting to be a princess!)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 10 June 2009
This book has a lovely story and is ever so wonderfully illustrated. My son is 6, but he adores 'cute' animals and such. He thought this book was the bees knees. The paper is an unusual matte... gorgeous quality.

I have meomi desktops on all our computers now, her artwork is so lovely. I can't wait to check out the rest of the Octonauts series. Unique and cute!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 17 March 2011
This series (books and tv) is becoming a favourite with my 3 year old. The words in the book are sometimes a little complex than what a 3 year old uses (the humour also) but it can still be followed with no trouble and older children will find it is suitable for their level of understanding. The edition I have now has Dashi (not Sauci) as the name of one of the Octonauts just like in the tv series. NB fellow readers - the creatures in the stories are not fantasy: the Architeuthis (the "only lonely monster") is real - it is the giant squid. Although the species variety sounds made up, this is actually in line with biological fact: sightings of this animal are so infrequent that there is some query as to the exact names and numbers of species and varieties out there. The search around the world in the story is also very accurate, as the giant squid has been sighted (but infrequently) all over the world. Even the foreign language words in the illustrations have been carefully researched - the ones I knew were spot on. A top class book! And super entertaining.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 December 2010
The Octonauts series from Meomi is fantastic and you can understand why the now popular books have been turned into a fantastic cartoon series. My children love the characters as they are all based on animals that help other creatures who are sick or hurt. Each one assumes a role in the crew on board a submarine base under the sea. The books are so colourful and well written that the children have not been able to put them down since Christmas.
A big hit with any child from age 2-5 male or female and a real find for us. Yes there are some big words in here and it is a little different to the cartoon but not noticeably.
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on 6 March 2015
This is first of the original books that inspired the TV show and it differs slightly to what you get on the show. It is still wonderful, however. Ours is a paperback copy.

The resident crew of the Octopod awakens to what appears to be an attack. It is a creature who has mistaken the Octopod as one of its kind, and for whom it is searching. The Octonauts are just the team to help him find what he's looking for. There begins their adventure through the oceans of the Earth.

I love how the text and illustrations lie in the same orientation as the compass during the search for the creature's species. Rotating the book, flicking pages back and forth adds interest.

The journey is adventurous and fun, and provides ample opportunity to lower or raise your voice as you exclaim, or pretend-cry as you read to your little audience.

During the ocean quest there is so much visual detail that you have an opportunity to make up your own search-and-find of sea creatures. Can you find me a walrus, a killer whale, an igloo; how many viking hats can you count? How many tee-pees can you see? (yes, tee-pees).

The message at the end has a beautiful double meaning that is good for discussion.

Everything about this book is beautiful. The colour illustrations are gorgeous throughout. They have so much detail that you miss some the first time, and pick them up on the second and subsequent readings. There are fictional sea creatures as well as real ones (the TV show focuses on real sea creatures only). And there is a clever play on words in the illustrations that older readers appreciate.

Did you see the special message at the bottom of the Dedication page? This book is a winner.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 January 2011
My 4 year old grandson absolutely loves the Octonauts, so I ordered this book for his birthday. He was thrilled when we arrived with it yesterday, left all his other presents, and insisted that his Mum read it to him straight away, so we all sat round and enjoyed the story too! I wish the colours were a little brighter, but that doesn't seem to worry Jacob. Also, in the books the dog is called Sauci; whereas in the T.V. programmes she is Dashi, which is a little confusing for the children.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 11 December 2010
My 4 year old son absolutely loves The Octonauts on cbeebies so I thought the books would be a big hit. He does like them but be warned - while the art work in the tv series is based on the art work in the books, so they look the same, the plots of the books are quite weird whereas the tv series has more of an educational component (learning a few nature facts). Basically the books feature made-up creatures and fantasy lands not real ones. Also, one of the characters has a different name in the books (Sauci instead of Dashi) but that's just a minor point. I think the best book is the newest one, the Octonauts and the Frown Fish. If your kid loves octonauts then do give them a try, they are quite fun, just be prepared for some wacky stuff.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 11 August 2013
For some reason Dashi has been written throughout the book as Sauci Dog!! Made me laugh but big error for a book that's not cheap!
Not compatible for Kindle - images are upside down and not good... it's a shame as my son loves Octonauts.

Trying to return it but the kindle action tab does not seem to be coming up with the refund button.
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on 17 April 2014
The early Octonauts books have a unique and unusual style, which may not be to everyone's taste, and might be surprising if you're expecting something which looks like the cartoons (as the newer books do).

But in my opinion, both the artwork and stories are great, there's so much going on in every page. My 5 year old daughter has learnt a great deal about both common and unsual sea creatures thanks to the Octonauts books & cartoons.

The true proof of the pudding, is of course do the children eat it? We've read this book more times than any other, and my daughter is still fascinated by the 4 pages where the Octonauts search the points of the compass (which necessitates rotating the book on each of these pages) and encounter creatures speaking different languages. She knows all the multi-lingual phrases off by heart.
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