The octicorn– half octopus and half unicorn– introduces himself and tells readers why, though strange and unique, octicorns make great friends.
Self-love is a concept that both children and adults can benefit from embracing. “Hello, My Name Is Octicorn” by Kevin Diller and Justin Lowe with additional illustrations by Binny Talib is a story for anyone who has ever felt different.
Octi is, well, an Octicorn. His mother is an Octopus and his father is a Unicorn. As you may have guessed, he just doesn’t blend in easily. Octi is an octopus with a unicorn horn, big eyes and a nervous smile.
Octi speaks directly to the reader, asking silly and charming questions such as “What? Haven’t you seen a octicorn before?” He explains to readers that being different makes it hard to make friends sometimes. But his differences make him unique and fun!
During the story, Octi showcases his many talents. He is great at juggling with his many arms and roasting marshmallows for s’mores with his horn! After a series of fun and goofy examples he kindly asks the reader, “Will you be my friend?”
“Hello, My Name Is Octicorn” is an easy read that everyone can appreciate. Crisp white pages with thin, all caps text are flanked by simple Sharpie-like drawings. Tiny pops of color like bright red lipstick and puffy blue clouds brighten the illustrations. The child-like style is sure to inspire budding artists.