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A beautifully produced and richly illustrated book that showcases the day-to-day adventures of independent girl-about-town Victoria Psismall and her pet land octopus Otto. Thirty panoramic, full-page illustrations humorously chronicle the duo's home and social activities that include (among other things) bathing, biking, dating, cooking, playing croquet, and pumpkin carvinA beautifully produced and richly illustrated book that showcases the day-to-day adventures of independent girl-about-town Victoria Psismall and her pet land octopus Otto. Thirty panoramic, full-page illustrations humorously chronicle the duo's home and social activities that include (among other things) bathing, biking, dating, cooking, playing croquet, and pumpkin carving. Accompanying text explains the "do"s and "don't"s of living with a large land octopus. The book's art is extremely detailed, and each illustration tells its own visual story. The Victorian era characters and period-influenced design elements combine to create a wonderful, collectible art-object for those who still value the classic elegance of ink-on-paper. The hardcover binding is plussed with two-layer embossing and spot varnish, and the interior is printed on extra heavy paper. An exquisite volume for lovers of books, art and pets....

Title : Walking Your Octopus: A Guidebook to the Domesticated Cephalopod
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ISBN : 9781614040064
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 64 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Walking Your Octopus: A Guidebook to the Domesticated Cephalopod Reviews

  • Richard Derus
    2019-05-24 01:09

    Rating: 4.5* of fiveThe Publisher Says: A beautifully produced and richly illustrated book that showcases the day-to-day adventures of independent girl-about-town Victoria Prismall and her pet land octopus Otto. Thirty panoramic, full-page illustrations humorously chronicle the duo's home and social activities that include (among other things) bathing, biking, dating, cooking, playing croquet, and pumpkin carving. Accompanying text explains the "do"s and "don't"s of living with a large land octopus. The book's art is extremely detailed, and each illustration tells its own visual story. The Victorian era characters and period-influenced design elements combine to create a wonderful, collectible art-object for those who still value the classic elegance of ink-on-paper. The hardcover binding is plussed with two-layer embossing and spot varnish, and the interior is printed on extra heavy paper. An exquisite volume for lovers of books, art and pets.My Review: I can't remember snickering, chortling, giggling, or smirking this much in a very long time. The absurdity of the premise is matched only by the beauty of the object."The adventurous spirit of the octopus is infectious. After spending time with them, you will find yourself attempting many activities that might have heretofore been out of range of one's more mundane lifestyle." This fronts a page showing Victoria, our intrepid octopus-adopter, attempting (with limited success) to ice-skate, supported by the smiling, multi-skated Otto the rescued octopus.Inspired, divine steampunky-bizarro silliness. If the pictures don't make you smile, I'd tell you to unpucker and drink a G&T and then look again. If they still don't make you smile, apply for a sense of humor graft.

  • Donald Armfield
    2019-05-21 00:09

    So this was the book I ended up reading to my kids. The word choice had my kids thinking I'm sure. I found the artwork very rich and amazing.

  • Deborah Brannon
    2019-06-15 00:27

    This book is an object of beauty, and so carefully and lovingly put together. I'm impressed with Baby Tattoo as publishers right off the bat: they designed this book to best present its contents. Remarkable. I wanted an affordable way to have many of Kesinger's Otto & Victoria prints so that I could stare at them in offline space and maybe pet the pages. NO JUDGING.The accompanying text is icing, with an adorable bit of worldbuilding about pet cephalopods in a steampunk Victorian society. Pardon, I'm going to cuddle the book again.

  • A.
    2019-06-11 21:16

    This guidebook is an absolute delight for the eyes and the mind, whether you're a Victorian about town or a cephalapod waiting for its forever home. The charms of these whimsical illustrations are unlimited, and I can't wait to get my hands on Kesinger's subsequent octo-oriented titles! I smiled the whole way through.

  • Jen
    2019-06-14 22:25

    "Please remember that one's pet is a living creature and not an accessory. Always be mindful of it's dignity." "Octopus females can lay upward to 200,000 eggs, so it's suggested that one find a stationary shop that will sell birthday cards in bulk." "Humming the tune God Save the Queen can sooth the octopus into a calm, meditative state." These are some of the tips you'll learn in this quide book as well as enjoying the visual story of the beautiful artwork presented.

  • Morgan
    2019-05-26 04:12

    The book itself is a very awkward size, which caused issues with my purse. But my God, those illustrations were beautiful! I didn't really get the humor in most of the story, but I could look at those drawings all day. Amazing artwork! Seriously, just pick up the book for that!

  • Bibliofiendlm
    2019-06-06 04:11

    This is brilliant and adorable!

  • Ang
    2019-06-03 03:22

    Walking Your Octopus was such a cute freaking book! It's essentially a visual, steampunk inspired guidebook for owning a pet that happens to be an octopus. It's just really darling and the illustrations are whimsical, pretty in detail and have that steampunk flair. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this, so much so, that now I want my own octopus!

  • Gayle Francis Moffet
    2019-06-10 00:10

    Cute and fun, but I'm not certain the oversized design is necessary. This one's gonna take a kid's eye out for how far it juts from the shelf.

  • Heather
    2019-06-07 04:17

    I was all set to buy a second copy of this book so I could cut it apart for framing. I've done this before with art books I really like for artists whose work I can't afford, but it always makes me feel like a barbarian. Fortunately, BK's art is available in the form of highly affordable prints -- I'm so excited! -- although, their low price tempts me to over-buy and I'm not sure really how many pictures of octopuses my house needs. At the rate I'm going, I'll have one in every room.This is the ideal book for devoted pet owners. Otto is The Every-Pet, Victoria, The Good Pet Owner.

  • Blair
    2019-05-29 01:02

    Found this in the comic book store and my friend (whom I trust implicitly on all things bookish) said it was awesome and I had to read it. It went into my pile sight unseen. Yet again, she proves herself a worthy reviewer. This was delightful in every way. From the steampunk illustrations to the advice for raising your cephalopod, I enjoyed every quick minute of this. Every child and adult should be exposed to this and I'm so hopeful that this is going to be one of a series.

  • Marta Fabianek
    2019-05-31 21:02

    I am in love with this book!I love the style, I love the idea, it's incredibly cute and funny. I've got a love for details and this artwork - to me - delivers on every page.It's the kind of book that you pick up thinking *whot the...?*, intrigued you read it and realize that now you do want an octopus. Seriously. LOL

  • Jessica
    2019-06-08 01:24

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this book! Love the art style! Love the story! Love the characters and I myself love two animals more than most others; cows and octopuses. I love them so much that this book made me smile! I really want to own this book and read it whenever I feel sad because it made me smile so much.

  • brea
    2019-06-12 05:02

    I was so surprised by this book. It was simple but really well done. The illustrations were INSANE!!

  • Valerie
    2019-06-14 23:11

    CUTEST STORY EVER!!the art is adorable and the story is too cute. everyone should have an octopus.

  • Kerrikoala
    2019-05-25 04:15

    Adorable! And steampunk! I think I would want a smaller cephalopod for a pet, though.

  • Alias Pending
    2019-06-11 23:59

    Short Review: Everything you need to know if you want to own an octopus. Also, everything you need by way of slightly sassy steampunk art.

  • Patricia
    2019-06-09 23:17

    Un objeto de colección, lindísimo y simpático xDTodos los detalles están demasiado bien cuidados, tanto en las ilustraciones como en el libro como objeto en sí. La edición es preciosa *_*

  • Espen
    2019-05-25 02:11

    Everything anyone could ever need to know about keeping and taking care of cephalopods.

  • Kim
    2019-06-16 23:05

    I love the artwork and humor of this book. I almost want to buy a couple and turn it into framed artwork :)

  • Patricia
    2019-06-13 03:08

    már csak az a kérdés, hogy nekem mikor lesz házipolipom? csak mert kéne!

  • Candace
    2019-06-07 01:19

    Gorgeous and fun!

  • Audrey
    2019-06-04 22:26

    What a lovely little gem of steampunk art this book is!Otto and Victoria are enchanting characters who easily bring you into their pretty world of steampunk adventures. The superficial layer, of visually appealing and humorous images, makes the book worth reading. The simple story also lends itself to a deeper analysis where you might consider the rewards and practicalities of adopting a very non-standard pet. I absolutely love these characters :)

  • Catherine
    2019-06-14 21:15

    If we weren't already big octopus fans we would be after reading this wonderful, fun steampunk guidebook for those considering getting a cephalopod pet. Humorous & with great illustrations

  • Heydi Smith
    2019-05-31 05:25

    I've been waiting to read this book for a long time. Brian Kesinger is amazing! I love everything he's done and I hope to see a lot more in the future.

  • Colleen
    2019-06-18 05:03

    I was skeptical when Jack bought this book, but I admit this was adorable. The art is pretty fantastic, too.

  • Ryn (Crafty_Bookworm)
    2019-05-20 23:27

    Delightful quick read. Great for lovers of Octopuses and Steampunk who have a quirky sense of humor.

  • Lau
    2019-06-14 02:26

    Compré este libro porque encontré al artista en DeviantArt y no me pude resistir.Esta es una guía muy completa para todo aquel que quiera adoptar como mascota un pulpo.Pese a lo que pueda parecer, el texto de este libro es muy serio. Es claramente en broma, pero está dicho con completa seriedad. Tanto el diseño como el tiempo presente en que nos habla nos transporta a la época Victoriana (y steampunk), donde tener un pulpo es signo de status social y buen pasar económico.Pero no crean que tener un cefalópodo es algo sencillo. Ellos son criaturas enormemente inteligentes, y es por eso mismo que el entrenarlos puede resultar un poco complicado (además de que algunas especies son reencorosas). Sin embargo para despejar todo tipo de dudas está este libro, donde encontraremos a la izquierda un texto formal que nos cuenta todo lo que necesitamos saber sobre los pulpos (hábitos, psicología, cuidados, etc), y a la derecha las hermosas y divertidísimas ilustraciones que son la escencia de esta publicación.Nuestros muy queribles protagonistas son Victoria y Otto. Victoria es la fundadora del popular movimiento Octo-Victorian (Pulpo-Victoriano sería) que parece que está arrasando por el país. Ella es la feliz poseedora de una mascota y gran compañero cefalópodo, gracias a quien su calidad de vida se incrementó notablemente. Da la sensación de ser un poco excéntrica y claramente despreocupada, además de que no le interesa lo que piensen los demás.Con las simpatiquísimas ilustraciones de Brian Kesinger se nos narra sin palabras la historia de cómo adoptó a Otto -la eligió él, como debe ser- cuando sólo era un tierno y pequeño pulpito, cómo va creciendo y las diferentes actividades perfectamente mundanas (y otras no tanto) que desarrollan juntos. Me morí de amor con estos dibujos, y me encantó el juguete de Cthulhu, muy adecuado para un pulpito bebé (aunque Otto encuentre más divertida una caja de cartón).Al margen de que la impresión es de gran calidad y todo el libro en general está hecho con muchísima prolijidad, algo que me sorprendió mucho es el tamaño. Si bien ya sabía que es rectangular, esperaba que no superara el tamaño de una novela común. Me encontré sin embargo con que mide unos 35x17cm. Grande. Es más, no se bien dónde lo voy a guardar.Tiene poco texto y se lee rapidísimo, pero la mayor parte del tiempo lo pasé mirando cada detalle de las ilustraciones. El sentido del humor de todo el libro es genial además de muy tierno, y se nota que Otto es tremendamente feliz.Además de que ya de por sí es una historia volada y muy original, les va a encantar a todos los que quieran a los animales y tengan la dicha de tener una mascota (aunque a veces quieran esquilarlos cuando rompen por tercera vez un par de anteojos).Ya estoy buscando el refugio de pulpos más cercano, seguro que a mi perrito le va a encantar tener un amigo más. Reseña de Fantasía Mágica

  • The Lost Lola
    2019-06-17 00:21

    I loved, loved, loved this book! I met the artist/author at a steampunk convention, and immediately ordered a copy of his book after flipping through the ARC they had on display. I am in love with Brian Kesinger's art, his pictures are so colorful and so animated, and each page is a work of art unto itself. The book follows the adventures of Victoria, a Victorian era steampunk girl looking to buy her first pet- and stumbles upon an adorable octopus named Otto! What follows is a how-to guide about caring for your beloved pet and each page features a large, humorous illustration featuring Victoria and Otto in seemingly mundane situations made all the more amazing by adding a cephalopod (who knew an octopus could be used to keep male suitors at bay!). I would recommend this to anyone who loves or has a fascination with steampunk, octopuses, or anyone just looking for beautiful artwork to swoon over!

  • Helen
    2019-05-22 22:00

    A great book if you consider solely its charming and richly colorful steampunk illustrations about a woman and her pet octopus, Otto. An even better book if you also enjoy the dry wit of the accompanying text.Probably the only negative is the book's surprisingly large size and unwieldy rectangular shape. I was expecting something smaller, like a storybook, and this book (and its sequel) are large enough to be coffee table books.If octopuses all looked as happy as Otto, I would surely enjoy the companionship of one, too. Fave illustration: Otto in his baby form, reaching out from his teapot.