Summer Reading Fun: New Picture Book by NYWW Faculty Member Allison Estes

Izzy & Oscar*, by Allison Estes and Dan Stark, Illustrations by Tracy Dockray

izzyoscarfinalEver taught an octopus to roll over? It’s harder than it looks. Izzy has always wanted a pet. So when an adventurous octopus squiggles into town, Izzy decides to keep him. After all, a real pirate captain has to have a mascot. Oscar is not very good at going for walks or playing fetch. (Although he is amazing at hide and seek). And he’s definitely not like other pets…but he is just right for Izzy. Readers will be tickled by Izzy’s attempts to teach Oscar to behave like a dog, a parrot, a pony—and gratified by Izzy’s realization that in the end we love others for who they are…eight arms and all!

“This exciting story is full of rich vocabulary, beautiful pencil and dye illustrations, and belly-laugh humor that young children will love.”  School Library Journal

“A goofy, good-natured story of a decidedly nontraditional pet.”  Publisher’s Weekly

“A grand addition to any pet-themed read-aloud session.” Kirkus 

*An Accelerated Reader Quiz Selection

Release date: April 7, 2015 | Age Range: 4 – 8 years