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An Amazon Best Book of the YearMeet Octicorn, the funny, sweet, and disarming character who is a champion for anyone who has ever felt a little bit different. And isn’t that everyone? This is a self-published success story from debut authors Justin Lowe and Kevin Diller. Octicorn is half octopus, half unicorn, half confused . . . which sometimes makes it hard to fit in.ButAn Amazon Best Book of the YearMeet Octicorn, the funny, sweet, and disarming character who is a champion for anyone who has ever felt a little bit different. And isn’t that everyone? This is a self-published success story from debut authors Justin Lowe and Kevin Diller. Octicorn is half octopus, half unicorn, half confused . . . which sometimes makes it hard to fit in.But maybe that’s not such a bad thing....

Title : Hello, My Name Is Octicorn
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ISBN : 9780062387936
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 48 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Hello, My Name Is Octicorn Reviews

  • Edward Sullivan
    2018-12-20 17:58

    Shouldn't an octicorn have 8 tentacles? It's actually a tetracorn.

  • Angie
    2018-12-31 19:01

    Octicorn:"I know i look different than everyone else, but that's okay."self-acceptancefitting in

  • Andy
    2018-12-23 23:51

    I would be friends with Octicorn but I would like to know more about how it's parents met....

  • Sarah Sammis
    2018-12-17 21:46

    Hello, My Name is Octicorn by Kevin Diller is a picture book that tackles the subject of blended families with off the wall humor.

  • Jon(athan) Nakapalau
    2019-01-12 20:04

    When your half octopus and half unicorn it is hard to fit in and you don't get invited to many parties. This is a great book for a child who feels different because it teaches that being different is often a good thing.

  • graveyardgremlin (formerly faeriemyst)
    2019-01-01 02:08

    Who says picture books are just for kids? This is just the cutest thing ever. I have so many more questions festering in my head, some maybe not for young'uns, like how did Octi's parents really meet? Are they still together? How does their home work if one lives in water and the other on land? What does a family reunion look like? If Octi had a sibling, how would he/she look? OMG, I need a sequel!

  • Kerrikoala
    2019-01-10 17:48

    Aww, I'd be friends with Octi! And I'd invite him to my party, if I were having one.

  • Kiri Fiona
    2019-01-15 00:57

    This is a kids' book: Just read it to my nephews and it was spectacular!I'm so used to all these mass-produced, sterile, all-look-the-same kids cartoons, with matching toys and TV shows and stuff you have to buy to get a free gift that tells you what else you now need to buy. And then! My best friend pulled this out of her bag and said 'read them this one.' Octicorn is the cutest thing, and he looks like something I could draw. The kids loved him, I loved the message I was instilling in my nephews, and I've ended up ordering another couple of copies to give as gifts. Octicorn on a jet ski is our little inside joke now.

  • Laureen
    2019-01-04 23:54

    Awwwwwww!!! Octicorns!!! Too bad these animals aren't real because they seem like a lot of fun! An octicorn is a cross between a unicorn and an octopus. They are very unique animal – there's probably only one in the world. This makes it very lonely for Octicorn. They're really good at games like ring toss and juggling. They are very good at dancing and sports. Will you be friends with Octicorn? Illustrations are very simple yet funny. They make you fall in love with Octicorn immediately.

  • Elise
    2019-01-12 22:01

    I'm came across this picture book in Target. The title and cover got my attention, so I read it. It was very poignant. I could easily claim to be an Octicorn. Not only that, I can relate to Octicorn's facial expression so well. To those who say Octicorns should have eight legs, don't forget one of its parents was a unicorn. Here's to all the Octicorns out there.

  • Maggie Branam
    2019-01-15 00:10

    Summary:This story follows an unusual, one of a kind, character- an octicorn. An octicorn is half unicorn and half octopus. Octicorn feels different and is not always invited to parties or feels accepted in social settings. Octicorn explains all the good things about having an octicorn friend, and at the end asks the reader if they will be his friend. Evaluation:I think this book is a great conversation starter for understanding differences. This book is also a cutesy book that will get kids attention and laughing; the kids will love octicorn and be engaged in the story! Teaching Points:Octicorn would be good for teaching inside vs. outside traits (as this teacher did here: Octicorn would also be good for teaching social skills, helping kids understand differences can be a good thing, and self-acceptance. This book could also be a tool to teach children how to identify the moral of the story.

  • Meredith
    2019-01-04 22:45

    An "octicorn" is half unicorn and half octopus, a coupling about which I shudder to think. Octi, the protagonist, looks like a octopus with an off-center horn on top of his head and large horse teeth. Naturally, being a mixed species makes it hard to fit in particularly if one has no peers being the only one of his/her kind, and Octi is no exception. Children are bound to relate to feeling different and unsure of their place in the wider world.

  • Elora K
    2019-01-10 17:46

    WE ALL WANT THE SAME THINGS: CUPCAKES, FRIENDS, AND A JET SKI. Cute, but not actually great for a two year old. Or maybe just my niece.

  • Shandra
    2018-12-28 21:54

    Adorable! Octi is bi-species, and the book is a pretty fun take on a blended family (dad is a unicorn and mom is an octopus). I discovered Octi first in the 'zine, "Portland Oregon Old Town: An Octicorn's Guide To Portland : (and Fitting In As A Bi-species)" and I was happy to find a full fledged picture book in our catalog! I think it may be a tad long for my usual storytimes, but I highly recommend it as cute, fun read.

  • Gayle Swift
    2018-12-19 01:55

    Hello, My Name Is Octicorn by Kevin Diller and illustrated by Justin Lowe invites readers to consider befriending Octi, a creature whose mom was an octopus and whose dad was a unicorn. Octi has trouble finding friends because he is so unique. Everyone shuns him. Because they fear his differences, they miss out on the pleasure of knowing him.Octi showcases his many unique talents he has because he is half unicorn and half octopus. At parties he can juggle and dance with the best. At campfires he can toast marshmallows on his horn!...if he were invited. Ah, but that is the situation. Octi doesn't get invited.After presenting his case, Octi concludes his story with an invitation: "Will you be my friend? Yes or No?" This is brilliant writing because the question lands directly in the reader's personal world. And hopefully, in their heart. Octi challenges them individually. They must make a choice--even if only in their mind. Will they choose friendship or rejection?Justin Lowe's quirky, unsophisticated, child like illustrations further the sense that this story is a personal conversation between Octi and the reader. This is a short, easy read with a message that packs an important punch.Adoption-attuned (AQ) Lens: This book has an obvious and easy segue into discussions of the challenges, realities and benefits of being biracial and/or multiracial. So, kids who are bi-racial or multi-racial may feel a special resonance with the theme of this book. One illustration shows a genealogical diagram depicting Octi's parents. (Dad is a unicorn; mom is an octopus.) This illustration might lead to conversations about the heritages of each birth parent. Parent and child can discuss both the reality and the cultural beliefs of both groups.The book highlights the benefits of Octi's dual heritage. This is an important point for all adoptees. There is a richness that comes from muti-ethnicity. We see it as an additive experience instead of as a subtractive one.

  • Baby Bookworm
    2018-12-28 20:44

    This review was originally written for The Baby Bookworm. Visit us for new picture books reviews daily!Hey there, friends! Our book today is Hello, My Name Is Octicorn by Kevin Diller and Justin Lowe, a ridiculously fun tale with a lot of heart.Meet Octi. He is an Octicorn (his mom is an octopus, and his dad is a unicorn). He’s a fun, friendly fellow who likes the same kinds of things everyone does: cupcakes, jet skiing, and making friends. Unfortunately, he has a bit of trouble with the latter: being half unicorn and half octopus means he has trouble fitting in wherever he goes, so he often feels left out. Say… might you want to be his friend?This is one of those great books that reels you in with some fantastic comedy, then hits the reader with a very relatable message. Who hasn’t felt like they don’t quite fit in? The book ends with Octi asking the reader if they would like to be friends, and that makes for a great message: if you feel a little strange and don’t fit in, eventually, you’ll find someone else who feels the same way – and that person might just become a friend. The text is conversational, fun to read and moves at a perfect pace, which makes the book a fine length. The simple line-drawing illustrations are adorable and very funny, and give the book a unique look. It’s an enjoyable read, and JJ loved it, so Baby Bookworm approved!Be sure to check out The Baby Bookworm for more reviews!

  • Matt Marshall
    2019-01-02 01:59

    It's SO implausible that a unicorn and an octopus could procreate. I couldn't wrap my mind around it. It's like trying to imagine Hagrid's little human dad and giantess mom having sex and making him. It just doesn't make sense.But alas, that's nitpicking, isn't it? What ISN'T nitpicking is wondering where the hell Octi's other limbs went?! I mean, his mother clearly has 8 tentacles. Why does he only have 4? Is this some sort of birth defect brought on by the abomination of interspecies lovemaking?! And, honestly, how does that birthday hat stay on his slimy head?Anyway, I shouldn't be picking on the poor little bastard. What I like about this book, as a parent, is that it is a good lesson in being inclusive with other kids, even if they might be "different". I mean, I think it's a little pitiful that Octi spends roughly 60% of the book extolling the virtues of his friendship, but pity is pretty far over the comprehension level of this book's target audience. Ultimately, I'm checking 'no' on whether or not I want to be his friend, but only because he seems a little self-involved and I probably won't get much out of that friendship.

  • Kathryn (Nine Pages)
    2019-01-11 20:05

    Originally posted on my blog, Nine Pages.This was a surprising success, possibly partially because the craft and costume were so fun (I turned party hats inside out and we made our own horns so Octi would feel less alone). Life is hard for an octicorn. He doesn’t fit in with either the unicorns or the octopi. Because Octi doesn’t fit in, he doesn’t get invited to a lot of parties, but there are a lot of things that Octi (and other octicorns) is good at: ring toss, dancing, watersports, juggling, hugging. “I know I look different than everyone else, but that’s okay because in the end, we all want the same things: cupcakes, friends, and a jet ski.” The one squirmy moment I had was when Octi is wondering how his parents met. (Was it a costume party? A personal ad?) I think the book actually gained a few points because it was a direct plea to the audience for friendship; the “aw” factor came into play, plus the book ends with a direct call for reaction. For a book born of a doodle, this was really quite wonderful.

  • Serenity
    2019-01-08 20:41

    Super cute book about accepting yourself how you are

  • Stephanielaurenwilling
    2018-12-27 23:02

    This book was adorable and it made me laugh out loud. The illustrations are super simple and wonderfully evocative and funny. Who doesn't want to read about the offpsiring of an octopus and a unicorn? It is absurd and wonderful. It's mostly about being different and not fitting in well with others. It's not a far leap to imagine this book in the hands of a multiracial child who doesn't see anyone else who looks like them, or an autistic child whose gifts and challenges are different from everyone else in their class. However, it's also kind of a sad book. It's a plea to the reader for friendship, literally ending the book asking if you'll be their friend. As an adult, my answer is, "Yes, of course I'll be your friend, Octicorn!" But I could see a sensitive child being really sad for the octicorn, and I don't think that's the intended affect. I'm curious what the kid reaction to this book is.

  • Laura
    2018-12-30 20:03

    Octi is half octopus and half unicorn which means she is very unique and not like anyone else. I love that she only has 4 legs. Bugged me for a minute, and then I realized it makes complete sense. This book is a little sad because its really an appeal for acceptance and Octi seems just a touch desperate as she lists all the things she is good at hoping someone will want to be her friend. Full of quirky humor, like noting how unicorns are so full of themselves, using her horn to roast a marshmallow, and eating a favorite food called Plankton O's Cereal of the Sea. The message is sweet and simple and stated with the same direct humor: " the end, we all want the same things: cupcakes, friends, and a jet ski." Note: it isn't clear if Octi is a boy or a girl. Could be either one. I chose to use the "she" pronoun for convenience.

  • Allayna
    2019-01-12 22:01

    I loved this book. It is a book about being different and being your own person instead of trying to fit in. Octi explains that he is good at lots of things that other people might consider to be different. The activity that I came up with was an iMovie activity, similar to one that I have done in the past. I would want my kids to pick things they are good at or things that make them unique in their lives. The goal would be to have them create a little movie about themselves that show off their skills and talents to their friends at the beginning of the year. This could be a kind of ice breaker and 'get to know me' activity that doesn't force them to do the same old thing over and over every year.

  • Teresa Edmunds
    2018-12-30 01:03

    Octi doesn't feel accepted or like he fits in. He is part octopus and part unicorn. Because he is different, he gets left out of parties and yearns for an invitation. The book is written like a letter. Octi tells both the difficulties of being different and then highlights how being different means he has some unique and valuable qualities. At the end, he asks, "Will you be my friend?" No matter our parentage, our upbringing, or our nationality, I think most of us have a time where we felt like an outsider. This book is a great avenue to have a discussion on accepting others as well as accepting ourselves. I highly recommend this for all ages.

  • Dichotomy Girl
    2018-12-29 22:10

    The best part of this book, in my humble opinion, was when the Octicorn speculates that his parents met as the result of a personal ad that might have read: "“Unicorn seeks Octopus for fun, friendship, and possible strange-looking offspring". That struck me as the funniest thing of the night. I laughed even harder when my husband remarked that if he saw that personal ad (back when he was single of course), he would have totally dated that girl. My 5 year old looked at both of us like we were possibly crazy.

  • Amber
    2019-01-17 22:49


  • Dana
    2019-01-12 00:51

    Cute, silly book about being different and wanting to make friends. "Because in the end, we all want the same things: cupcakes, friends, and a jet ski."

  • Jeimy
    2018-12-28 22:04

    Great metaphor for accepting our differences.

  • Awjtf
    2018-12-24 22:50

    odd children's book!

  • Lauren
    2019-01-02 22:59

    So cute! Great way to show diversity and acceptance through a children's book.

  • Auburn Library
    2019-01-05 23:52

    This book is so much fun! We check yes! We would love to be Octicorn's friend!