The Octopus (Grandpa Spanielson's Chicken Pox Stories #1)

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Poor Barney has chicken pox, and he's itching something awful. Thank goodness Grandpa knows how to help! His famous anti-itch stories will have Barney feeling better in no time ? especially the story about how Grandpa bravely battled a fierce octopus with a toilet plunger one dark and stormy night . . . .

The creator of the popular beginning readers about Minnie and Moo and Elvis the Rooster, Denys Cazet captures the humor and warmth between ...

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Poor Barney has chicken pox, and he's itching something awful. Thank goodness Grandpa knows how to help! His famous anti-itch stories will have Barney feeling better in no time — especially the story about how Grandpa bravely battled a fierce octopus with a toilet plunger one dark and stormy night . . . .

The creator of the popular beginning readers about Minnie and Moo and Elvis the Rooster, Denys Cazet captures the humor and warmth between grandfather and grandson with this zany story-within-a-story delight.

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Fish raining from the ceiling, an octopus in the bath tub, fighting with a sword fish? Only Grandpa can come up with a story exciting enough to take Barney's mind off of itchy chickenpox while the pup soaks in a warm bath. This "I Can Read," Level Two book features dog characters—Grandpa and Grandma Spanielson, and their grandpup as well as Dr. Storkmeyer (Can you guess what animal he is?). Grandpa is determined to tell enough anti-itch stories to see Barney through the duration his of chicken pox and he is off to a fine start. Wait—is that a sponge or an octopus in the tub? What will Grandma say when she sees the wet mess? The color illustrations are funny and charming enough to make any reader forget that dogs do not really talk and that chicken pox spots can't show up on fur! A fine beginning reader and a worthy addition to the "I Can Read" family. 2005, HarperCollins, Ages 4 to 6.
—Judy Crowder
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The creator of Minnie and Moo opens an equally engaging series featuring a flop-eared young pup and his yarn-spinning grandpa. Grandma draws little Barney a warm bath to soothe his chicken-pox itch, but as soon as she leaves the room, Grandpa supplies a remedy of his own with a rousing tale from his days as a lighthouse keeper, about the time a storm drove a huge octopus up out of the tub's drain. Cazet's soft colors get stronger and wilder, as does the story, one of swordfish-fighting and the like. Then the cozy domestic setting gets a good drenching as Grandpa, growing more and more animated, suddenly spots a spongy "octo" in Barney's bathwater and jumps in, fully clothed, to "rescue" his excited listener. Later, mopping up the mess, he promises Barney a thrilling tale from his days as Fire Chief-a clever link to the as-yet-unscheduled second episode. Fine, splashy fare for developing readers. (Easy reader. 6-8)
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Denys Cazet is the author and illustrator of more than 25 picture books for children, including Never Spit On Your Shoes, winner of the California Young Readers Medal.

The books about Minnie and Moo are his first for beginning readers. He was inspired to tell stories about the silly cow best-friends when he passed a herd of cows in which all but two were facing the same way. The other two stood next to each other, facing in the opposite direction from the rest of the cows. He immediately dubbed the two nonconformists Minnie and Moo and imagined the adventures two cows who were loyal friends rather than followers of the herd. Mr. Cazet is currently writing I Can Read Books featuring Elvis the Rooster from the farm on which Minnie and Moo live.

Mr. Cazet was an elementary school teacher for 25 years, and has also been a school librarian and elementary school media specialist. He remains active in his local elementary school parent and advisory committees. A California native, Mr. Cazet lives with his family in the foothills of the Napa Valley.

Denys Cazet is the author and illustrator of more than 25 picture books for children, including Never Spit On Your Shoes, winner of the California Young Readers Medal.

The books about Minnie and Moo are his first for beginning readers. He was inspired to tell stories about the silly cow best-friends when he passed a herd of cows in which all but two were facing the same way. The other two stood next to each other, facing in the opposite direction from the rest of the cows. He immediately dubbed the two nonconformists Minnie and Moo and imagined the adventures two cows who were loyal friends rather than followers of the herd. Mr. Cazet is currently writing I Can Read Books featuring Elvis the Rooster from the farm on which Minnie and Moo live.

Mr. Cazet was an elementary school teacher for 25 years, and has also been a school librarian and elementary school media specialist. He remains active in his local elementary school parent and advisory committees. A California native, Mr. Cazet lives with his family in the foothills of the Napa Valley.

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