Synopsis: Once upon a time, a fairy tale went very wrong! This new twist on a traditional children’s story is packed with fun, mayhem, and laugh-out-loud illustrations.

When Young Angus receives a gift from his famous father, the last thing he expects to unwrap is a weird, wisecracking octopus! The silly cephalopod offers to help Angus make his fortune … and all he wants in return is some fabulous footwear. Can this unlikely pair of heroes defeat Gutrot, the ‘orrible ogre?

Release Date: 1st June 2021

Genres: Retelling, Fairytale, Picture Book

Pages: 33

Thank you to Arcturus and Netgalley for the ebook to read and review.

Review: What a creative retelling, this was so fun and so funny, such an easy and enjoyable read.

I loved that the octopus was an unwanted gift but then isn’t after all an unwanted gift and that Angus actually becomes close with him. Showing that the truly unexpected gifts can be of benefit.

I really enjoyed this book, the illustrations were amazing, the story was just hilarious and all so unexpected. This is a great book for early readers there is so much to enjoy about it.

About Author: Samantha Newman is a children’s fiction author with a talent for humour and a flair for the fantastic. She has adapted folk tales from around the world; brought Shakespeare to a modern audience; and remixed fairy tales. She lives in London, with her fiancé, and during her infrequent desk breaks, she enjoys yoga, cooking, and befriending the birds in the park.

About Illustrator: James Hearne has illustrated numerous children’s books and supplied thousands of decorative designs to company’s around the world as a freelance artist.

Originally from the UK, he lives in Calgary, Canada and while avoiding extreme cold and bears, he loves to create decorative and narrative illustrations from his warm safe house.


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