What happens when a lonely octopus ventures outside his Paris fountain? A humorous adventure through the landmarks of Paris takes Pierre to an unexpected new place. A journey full of surprises for children 3 – 5.
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Octopus lands in Sausalito
New children’s picture book follows adventurous octopus from Paris to California.
A little octopus travels all the way from a Paris fountain to a California swimming pool in “Monsieur Pierre,” a charming new children’s picture book by Sausalito author/illustrator, Anne Dana. Ms. Dana’s book tells the tale of Monsieur Pierre, a lonely octopus, surrounded by international tourists at his Parisian fountain home, who embarks on a search for a friend. His adventure begins among the landmarks of Paris and ends with California’s scenic wonders. Lively, humorous illustrations chronicle his surprising encounters with some of the most famous inhabitants of the City of Light and the beauties of the Golden State.
The book was inspired in part by Ms. Dana’s unusual home. “I’m most lucky to live, write and draw on a motor yacht docked on San Francisco Bay in picturesque Sausalito, California,” she says. “Our little town is a major tourist destination, with hundreds of thousands of tourists a year. The yacht is located right downtown so, just like Monsieur Pierre, I daily encounter visitors from all over the world.” From her yacht, she sees egrets, herons, seals, harbor porpoises, starfish, crabs, rays and other marine life, but sadly, no octopuses, yet. “I’m told that there could be members of the Giant Pacific Octopus species living in the Bay, but more likely they are found in deeper water outside the Golden Gate,” she says.” “I still scan the water every morning when having my coffee on the top deck. Someday I might get lucky and see a real Monsieur Pierre.”
When asked why an octopus is the star of the book, Ms. Dana explained, “I was vacationing in Paris and came across an unusual, hand-knitted octopus toy in a children’s store. That little octopus came home with me and became the inspiration for “Monsieur Pierre.”
The book, published by Sausalito publisher L O Annie Press, is a humorous adventure bound to delight children ages 3 to 5. It is available in hardcover, softcover and eBook online at Amazon.com or by order from any local bookstore. When asked if she could answer the perennial question, “What is the plural of ‘octopus,” Ms. Dana replied, “The true “correct” form is probably “octopodes” since the root word is ancient Greek but “octopuses” and “octopi” are also so widely used, I think they are all acceptable. The only incorrect form is on a menu!”
For more information, please visit www.LOAnniePress.com
Media contact: Anne Dana, 510-305-8400
About L O Annie Press
L O Annie Press is an independent children’s picture book publisher located in Sausalito, California. The company namesake was an orphaned, curly haired mutt called “Little Orphan Annie” or “Annie” for short. Annie was a sweet-tempered, loving, loyal creature. Although she is gone, her legacy lives on in our mission: to generate love and connection, one book at a time.