My Octopus Arms

with audio recording

Illustrated by Keith Baker

About The Book

Eight arms make for a lot of lovable activity in this cheerful picture book from the creator of the New York Times bestselling LMNO Peas.

Octopus has eight arms!
What can they do?
So many things—
let him show you!

Join a friendly octopus and his crafty crab sidekick as they explore all the wonderful things we can do with our arms. From tying a bow and performing a show to baking a pie and waving good-bye, there’s no limit to the fun.

…But what’s the VERY BEST thing we can do with our arms? Why, hugging, of course! And Octopus can’t wait to show little ones how it’s done.

About The Author

Photograph by L. Cunningham

Keith Baker has written and illustrated many acclaimed picture books for young children, including the New York Times bestselling LMNO Peas1-2-3 PeasLittle Green Peas; Hap-pea All YearLMNO Pea-quel; My Octopus Arms; and No Two Alike. He lives in Seattle, and you can visit him at

Product Details

  • Publisher: Beach Lane Books (September 2013)
  • Length: 40 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781442458444
  • Grades: P - 3
  • Ages: 4 - 8
  • Lexile ® AD360L

Raves and Reviews

“Who hasn’t occasionally wished for more than two hands (or arms) in order to simultaneously accomplish all that one needs to?

In a rhyming response to Little Crab’s query, the colorful, friendly octopus star of this picture book demonstrates that he can manage to pull off quite a few impressive feats with his numerous appendages…the real, intended warm message drifts home: All arms are made to reach out and draw someone in for a loving embrace. The story is sweet…. The watercolor paintings are colorful and full of lively energy…this effort should reassure little ones resting in the human arms of favorite story readers.”

– Kirkus Reviews, July 17, 2013

"In flat, crisp-edged digital art, versatile author/illustrator Baker (LMNO Peas) draws underwater-themed images in contrasting blues and oranges that consider the myriad capabilities of an octopus’s appendages.... Very young children will enjoy working their way through the pictures and talking about the octopus’s unexpected skills (such as playing a guitar, a banjo, and a harp at the same time), and they’ll be soothed by the octopus’s parting words: “With a hug—not too tight!—/ my arms can make it feel all right.”"

– Publishers Weekly, July 15, 2013

"This is a colorful attention-grabbing story with great meaning for young children.... The repeating phrases throughout are a wonderful way to keep the attention of a very young audience. The best part of the book is the color choice and vivid illustrations that complement the story."

– Library Media Connection, January/February 2014

"A cheerful pink octopus shows all the handy uses for his eight arms, including playing games and musical instruments; contributing to household chores and sporting events; and, most important, providing shelter and comforting hugs.... The lilting beat and rhyming text, along with clear illustrations, make anticipating upcoming words easy for early readers. Like Baker’s earlier LMNO Peas (2010), this picture book has the charm and silliness to appeal to a wide audience."

– Booklist Online, October 2013

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