- The Washington Times - Saturday, February 16, 2008

By Akilah Goodman, age 9

Friendship Edison Public Charter School, Chamberlain Campus, Washington

“Cowboy and Octopus” is a story about a boy who becomes friends with an Octopus.

I liked this story because the boy needed some help fixing a seesaw and the Octopus came along and saw that the Cowboy needed help and helped him. After Cowboy and Octopus fixed the seesaw, they played on it together.

They had so much fun together on the seesaw that Cowboy asked Octopus if he wanted to be his friend, and Octopus said yes. After agreeing to become friends, they shook hands, but Cowboy had just two hands while Octopus had eight hands, so they shook hands for a while.

Octopus needed some help making a ship, so he called his friend Cowboy. Octopus tells Cowboy that once he holds everything together, he wants Cowboy to swing the hammer. Octopus says, “When I nod my head, I want you to hit it, OK?” So Cowboy agrees, and Octopus nods his head. But instead of hitting the ship, Cowboy hits Octopus on the top of his head.

Cowboy asks if Octopus needs anymore help, and Octopus yells “No.”

The Cowboy and the Octopus did everything together: They played, told jokes, dressed up in costumes and surprised each other with meals. Octopus and Cowboy had fun together. Even when it rained, they spent time inside talking and telling each other how they felt about each other. Even if it hurt each other’s feelings, they told each other the truth about how they felt. Cowboy and Octopus could not be separated; they became the best of friends.

I really liked this story because it talks about real good friends, how they share things together, how they care about each other’s feelings and how they have a lot of fun together. I recommend this book to all my friends, family and classmates. I gave it four stars because it was an awesome book with lots of pictures and a very funny story.


BOOK: “Cowboy and Octopus”

AUTHOR: Jon Scieszka

PUBLISHER: Penguin Young Readers Group (September 2007), hardcover, 40 pages

READING LEVEL: Ages 5 to 8

PRICE: $16.99

INFORMATION: us.penguingroup.com

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