Emile: The Helpful Octopus

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Emile is an eight-legged hero who has twice as much courage and four times as many legs as most people – except, of course, other octopuses.

When deep-sea diver Captain Samovar is attacked by a ferocious shark, Emile comes to his aid. Grateful to his rescuer, the Captain invites him to stay at his home, where Emile sleeps in a bathtub full of salt water. Emile turns out to be a fantastic octopus: he is a gifted musician (able to play three instruments simultaneously) and a great lifeguard, teaching children to swim and saving people from drowning. One day, Emile and the Captain, who works on a police launch, encounter a suspicious-looking boat in the ocean, with a dangerous group of smugglers on board...

A charming tale of a fearless crime-fighting, eight-legged hero that will delight two-legged readers of all ages.

Written and illustrated by Tomi Ungerer. Published by Phaidon. Hardcover, measures 11 x 8 inches, 32 pages. Ages 5-8. ISBN 9780714849737

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