A brilliantly funny story of facing your fears from the picture book team behind The Case of the Missing Cake.

Terry is not an octopus. He's just a regular guy with a few extra arms. Yes, he loves tuna and yes, he'd love to visit Super Octopus Fantasea Adventure World. But octopuses live in the sea. And Terry is afraid of water. Maybe he should learn to swim?

A very silly story about being brave, facing your fears and accepting who you really are.


Eoin McLaughlin is a picture book writer whose books include The Hug, illustrated by Polly Dunbar, and Secret Agent Elephant, illustrated by Ross Collins. When he is not writing for children, he works as a copy writer for Channel 4. Born in Ireland, Eoin has lived in Amsterdam and New York, and now lives in London with his wife and their baby. Find him on Twitter as @eoinmclaughlin.

Marc Boutavant is an award-winning graphic artist, illustrator and comic book author. He has illustrated numerous children’s books, including What Happens Next?, written by Nicola Davies, Edmund, The Thing, written by Astrid Desbordes and Never Tickle a Tiger, written by Pamela Butchart. He is also the creator of the bestselling Around the World with Mouk, which has been adapted into a television series for Disney Junior UK. Born in Bourgogne, France, he now lives in Paris. Find him on Instagram as @chienpourriii.


The well-thought-out and bright illustrations captivate young readers and help them learn new words.

Books Up North

I love this book, which is written, and illustrated, with fantastic humour. […] This is a great book on so many levels – fun and funny, and helpful in allowing us to reflect on facing our fears.


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