01 October 2007

Book of the week--Cowboy and Octopus

What a quirky little book! The seven stories chronicling the friendship between Cowboy and Octopus are distinguished by Lane Smith's pick-and-mix artwork and a subtle humor that is truly child-like, reminiscent of James Marshall. Comparisons between Cowboy and Octopus and Marshall's George and Martha are easy to draw. Cowboy and Octopus themselves, however, are not drawn. They are paper cut outs. They can change location, but they can't change pose. It's all part of the charm. My personal favorite is "The Rainy Day." One window, two points of view, no more than two dozen words exchanged, but volumes expressed. Check it out!

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