Book Review: Walking Your Octopus


Walking Your Octopus

Welcome to the world of reknowned steampunk (amongst other things) artist Brian Kesinger, and in particular the world of two of his no doubt best known characters: Otto and Victoria.

The world of Otto and Victoria is a Victoriana world where cephalopods live on land as well as in water, and are often seen as companions to people. And it is this world we explore furture in Walking Your Octopus: A Guidebook to the Domesticated Cephalopod.

This lovely book isn’t just full of Mr Kesinger’s awesome art; it also informs the reader in small text features about the trials, tribulations but mostly: the rewards and friendship involved in keeping a pet octopus. As well as following Victoria from the moment she got young Otto at a pet adoption day to the point where the best friends are now.

It’s as much a tale of a girl and her octopus as a cute pet guide and lovely steampunk picture book. It effortlessly combines all these features, making it a fun read for steampunk and art fans of all ages.

It’s sure to bring a smile to the face of everyone that opens it, and even though the star is an octopus, many situations will look familiar to owners of more mundane pets such as cats and dogs, which just adds to the awesomeness of this book.

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