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51DiFwCFywL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Reviewed by Alyssa Katanic

This year we got a pass to the zoo! One of our favorite parts of our zoo is the aquarium building. My eldest will stand and watch the sea horses all day (I think she just loves anything related to the word “horse”), while her other siblings crowd around the new octopus exhibit. They also love to spot the various species of small sharks in the different tanks. Sharks and octopus are so interesting and fun to watch, but none of my kiddos said that they would be willing to pucker up for a Shark Kiss or spread their arms for an Octopus Hug!

Charlie the shark and Olivia the octopus would often watch the human visitors as they interacted on the beach. Not only did they look like they were having a great time, but there were also plenty of hugs and kisses between kiddos and their parents, grandparents, and puppy! Charlie and Olivia wanted some of those! They tried everything they could think of to show the kids that they were gentle animals just looking for affection, but the kids, parents, and puppy were not falling for it. Nope. They were running for their lives.

Will Charlie ever get a kiss? Will Olivia ever get a hug? You will have to read Shark Kiss, Octopus Hug, by Lynn Rowe Reed, to find out. As you do, please turn the pages slow enough to take in some of the great illustrations by Kevin Cornell. So many of them left my kiddos in a fit of giggles as we talked about what was happening in the pictures. (My favorite is the underwater baseball game – don’t miss it! Look carefully!)

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Alyssa Katanic is a wife and homeschooling mother of 7 children under 11 years old. She loves reading and collecting great books to share with others and knows that one can never have too many!

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Balzer + Bray. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.