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Board Book Review: Oscar the Octopus

Oscar the Octopus

Children's Books

Board Book Review: Oscar the Octopus

This makes it a great book to share with both my girls.

We received these books in exchange for an honest review.

Review Date: September 18th, 2019

Written By: Matthew Van Fleet

Cover Copy

Join Oscar as he introduces preschoolers to the months of the year, textures, colors, and fascinating sea creatures. The cleverly textured pages will tickle fingertips and funny bones while revealing clues to what Oscar will catch next, from a shiny friend to a surprise pop-up ending!

Oscar the Octopus


Okay, so this one has a lot going for it. First of all, I love that it features the months of the year. You don’t really see many of those. This makes it a great book to share with both my girls. While the 1-year-old can focus on touching the touchy-feely textures on each page, my 4-year-old can work on her months (and maybe stop calling her birth month Junejuly haha). They both, of course, can enjoy the flip the flap part. Kids love flip the flap books. At least, that’s the case in our house. The fact that it has flaps and textures is a lovely bonus. Maren, as you may know from previous reviews, is a sucker for the texture books. This one is especially nice because it features almost a full twelve different textures. The only one that didn’t have one is the January fish. I’m assuming this is because it’s spiky? While it would have been fun to have a spiky/poky texture, I can see where there may have been worries or issue around that. After all, getting poked isn’t really all that fun. Anyway, aside from that, nearly every other texture is different except that there are two that feature fur. My favorite is the June one because it’s sticky. You never see sticky textures and its such a fun one for Maren to touch. She likes the ones with a little bit of danger, and her finger for a moment is attached to the book (perhaps indefinitely, in her mind haha) so that’s fun for her.

Oscar the Octopus

Kid Ratings

  • Nom Resistance: 8/10
  • Slobber Resistance: 8/10
  • Baby Engagement: 10/10
  • Mommy Engagement: 10/10

Reader, Author, Bookstagrammer, and Mom; Alexis runs Nerdy Post, a fandom artwork box as well as serves as chief editor and writer on Drop and Give me Nerdy.

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