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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.

"Well-written and full of fun surprises."—Kirkus Reviews  


"A playful, reassuring picture book."—Booklist

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ARLO DRAWS AN OCTOPUS Book Launch event with author, Lori Mortensen, and illustrator, Rob Sayegh, Jr., Saturday May 8, 2021, at Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore, Berkeley, California.  



"Maybe, he thought, I am not an octopus drawer."

Arlo Draws an Octopus