Can the OCTOPUPPY be the perfect pet?
Edgar wanted a dog. Instead, he got an octopus named Jarvis.
Jarvis is brilliant and does his best to act like the dog Edgar wants, but nothing he does is good enough to please Edgar. Ultimately, Edgar recognizes that while Jarvis might not be the dog he wanted, he is special in his own endearing way.
Young readers will love the funny, imaginative illustrations that are paired with a relatable lesson of appreciating the greatness of what we have in front of us.
"Edgar wanted a dog," so he's none too happy when he gets an octopus named Jarvis instead. Sea green with tentacles that fade to violet, Jarvis resembles a cross between Squidward from SpongeBob SquarePants and Roger the alien from American Dad! His personality, though, is all his own. Announcing his arrival in a hail of confetti and streamers, Jarvis demonstrates a flair for the theatrical in everything he does commanded by Edgar to "play dead," Jarvis dresses up as a toilet-paper mummy, and when Edgar dares to let the octopus compete in a dog show, "Jarvis could only be himself." (U.K.-based author-artist McKenna shows Jarvis juggling flaming torches while wearing a tutu and fruit-laden headwear worthy of Carmen Miranda.) Though some readers may be baffled by why Edgar is so unhappy with a pet as undeniably amazing as Jarvis, after Jarvis leaves (by flushing himself down the toilet), they'll enjoy watching Edgar's devoted efforts to find his lost friend. The story charts a fairly predictable course, but McKenna's illustrations are resplendent with funny visual gags, and Jarvis oozes personality and charm. Ages 3 5.