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Don't Touch That, Oscar!

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Oscar the octopus is at school with all his friends. It is the last day of school has arrived and their teacher is setting up for a party. Oscar and his eight arms seem to have a hard time not touching things, and he is constantly reminded. His friends try to keep him busy, they even try holding his arms, but Oscar just can't stop himself. When he twitches one last time, he knocks everything over including the cake. Quickly his friends tell him to use his many arms to catch everything, and he ends up entertaining everyone juggling all the party stuff, including the cake. My grandson thought this was a funny story. He kept yelling at Oscar to stop touching things, which I found hilarious because he is just as bad. We talked about how his friends tried to help him. My older grandson, who pretended he wasn't listening shared about one of his friends who had a hard time "controlling his behaviour" at school. We talked about what people could do to help him. I think the biggest message here is to try and be a good friend. The illustrations are cute, large and colourful adding to the story. This is a cute book for kindergarten classrooms to talk about impulsivity as well as being a friend and helping each other.

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Don't Touch That, Oscar! is a super cute book about an octopus who's very excited for a class party. Oscar just can't help but want to touch everything! They keep telling him not to touch things but in the end when everything goes flying he ends up saving the day. I think this would be great for kids who struggle with impulse control and are often labeled as "bad" to see that they can be heroes and have good moments and be appreciated too. I'd recommend this for any child, classroom, or elementary library.

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Cute illustrations and storyline. I like the overall message about self-control with a secondary theme about friends helping friends.

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The pictures were adorable. Not my favorite story. This is my honest review of this ARC. Oscar has a problem being patient his friends help him. In the end he finds a new talent.

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ARC REVIEW * dead this to my 7 year old retired service dog he BookBlog with me

Such a cute and funny story, he loved that he has a party at school and all the silly things leading up to the party. He barked 5 stars

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"I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own."

Cute book with fun words and fun illustrations. I enjoyed it for smaller children

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Oscar was a mischievous octopus who was curious about things. He was playful and seemed to get into trouble no matter how hard he tried to talk himself out of touching things. It was a funny and delightful read, which was educative, engaging, and entertaining.

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This was a loveable story of a clumsy octopus who is immediately endearing to the reader. I think the illustrations were eye catching and creative. Would be a fun book to read with children who can point out the different sea creatures.. I think this book would made a great addition to a children's library.

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Hmmm… An octopus has trouble controlling his multiple limbs when his class party is about to kick off – but lo and behold, having so many gangly features may just be of benefit in the end. It's a simple moral, but something felt off about its telling here – the way other characters were introduced seemed a bit Oscar-level ungainly, and nothing is really there to justify his errant lack of control. I can't see children being that impatient to see this.

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Don't Touch That, Oscar! by Lois Hoffman is beautifully illustrated book about Oscar who on his last day of school is really exicted that his class is having a party and how hard he finds it can be to resist giving in to the temptation of touching things.

I recommend this book to children of all ages.

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Children who have a hard time waiting and managing their excitement will be able to relate to Oscar the octopus. It also shows children that although Oscar is having a hard time following the rules, his friends are there to help him out. Furthermore, despite some of the trouble the Oscar caused while being impatient, Oscar discovered that had a unique talent that helped to save the day. This book is best suited for kids six and under.

Thank you to BooksGoSocial and NetGalley for providing me with a free electronic copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the eARC! Oscar the octopus is so cute throughout the story! I love the illustrations throughout the book! A cute read for ocean animal lovers, and young children that may be having a party soon and are very excited for it like Oscar!

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Oscar is an octopus that has a hard time being patient. This book is cutely illustrated and attempts to teach children about patience. I liked the illustrations and the overall story but some portions of the story lacked continuity, for example Oscar and his friend Carlton build a tower that gets knocked down by Oscar in a future scene, the tower is then called the space tower without any direct correlation to space. There was a scene between where Oscar and Carlton are watching out for space monsters but it lacks clarity. Overall it is a nice story for young children.

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This book tackles a constant reality for teachers and parents: kids that can’t stay still and obey instructions. There’s no real resolution other than Oscar leaning to use his juggling skills to squelch the desire to touch everything. Not sure that’s a good solution for human children.

It’s a cute book and I did like when Oscar’s classmates try to help him wait. It’s an enjoyable read.

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This illustrations are cute and colorful. Great silly book get kiddos thinking about touching stuff and boundaries.

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Oscar the octopus and his schoolmates are having a party on the last day of school but Oscar is a little TOO excited. He has a hard time not touching things for the party and starts to make a mess of things. He almost causes a huge disaster involving the cake but manages to save the day with his many legs. My 3 and 5 year old boys really enjoyed this one. I think they could sympathize with Oscar not being able to touch something he's excited for. The illustration was really colorful and cute. This would be a great book for new readers.

Thank you to NetGalley and BooksGoSocial for allowing me to be an early reader in exchange for my honest review.

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I really liked the pace and theme of this children’s book! Oscar the Octopus had such a hard time waiting and keeping his tentacles to himself. What a fun way to teach children patience.

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A sweet story to delight young children. My 7 year old enjoyed reading the story out loud. The fun plot and simple word choices made this an instant hit.

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My daughter and I read this one together.

We both loved it. My daughter kept saying “I bet he touches it”. And of course she was right! Kids do this all the time. No matter how often I tell my kids not to touch something, they do it anyhow. I’d like to think that they a battling the same mind-games that Oscar was in this book. Kids can be so impatient and that’s in their nature.

The illustrations and storyline for this book were so cute. We really enjoyed it. Thank you for allowing us to read this one.

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Don't Touch That, Oscar! is a delightful book about an octopus who can't sit still! There's a party after the last day of school, and Oscar doesn't have the patience to wait. His friends try to help him stay away, but in the end, he can't resist the magic!

The illustrations are so much fun in this book. Between Oscar, his friends, and the fun things he can't keep his tentacles off of, there is so much color and fun in these pages!

Thanks Netgalley for the opportunity to review this eARC in exchange for my honest review on the book!

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