Arlo Draws an Octopus

A Picture Book



ISBN: 9781419742019 Category:

Lori Mortensen


An empowering picture book about creativity, making mistakes, and changing your perspective

When Arlo decides to draw an octopus, he can’t help but think that maybe he’s just not an octopus drawer. His drawing has a head that looks like a hill and eight squiggly arms that look like roads. It’s an octopus disaster-piece! But just as Arlo vows to never draw an octopus again, he makes a discovery that changes his perspective about his drawing . . . and much more.

This endearing and relatable story gives readers of all ages a gentle reminder that we’re better than we may think. Sometimes all it takes is a second look.

Additional information

Weight 450 g
Dimensions 24.9 x 25.1 cm
Publisher name ABRAMS
Publication date 4 May 2021
Number of pages 40
Format Hardback
Contributors Illustrated by Rob Sayegh Jr.
Dimensions 24.9 x 25.1 cm
Weight 450 g


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Lori Mortensen drew a lot of pictures when she was little, including a few crumpled “disaster-pieces”! Today, she is the author of many popular children’s books, including Cowpoke Clyde and Dirty Dawg illustrated by Michael Allen Austin and If Wendell Had a Walrus illustrated by Matt Phelan. She lives in Northern California with her family and her cat, Max, who’d much rather nap than draw. Rob Sayegh Jr. is an author and illustrator who loves creating playful worlds with funny characters to make families giggle together. He is a professional snack taste-tester, falls in love with every dog he meets, and draws in crayon, just like Arlo. He has spent most of his life designing toys to encourage kids to constantly play, learn, and imagine new possibilities. He currently lives with his family in San Francisco, California.