The Den That Octopus Built

​Follow one of the ocean’s most mysterious animals in this warm but candid look at its dramatic life cycle, from the creators of The Nest That Wren Built.

The solitary and ingenious octopus is a master of disguise and invention, creating her den out of the objects of the ocean, from shells and rocks to tiny glass shards. Using creative methods of hunting and construction, the octopus prepares for the biggest task of her life: motherhood. With one last, poignant gesture of love, the mother octopus sends her hatchlings on their way, starting a new cycle of life for the tiny offspring who face peril of their own. Offering deeply informative back matter, including an author’s note, a glossary, and fascinating “octo-knowledge” (did you know that octopuses have nine brains, including one in each of their independently operating arms?), this third in a series from author Randi Sonenshine and illustrator Anne Hunter continues the work of gently introducing children to the reality of the animal world. 


Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection


Praise for The Den That Octopus Built

"Once again, words and illustrations work together to introduce an intriguing and popular creature; each page ends with the titular phrase... Though there are many, many picture books about octopuses, this one will be a particular delight for reading aloud. "

- Kirkus 

"Readers of all ages gain insight into this intelligent creature, how their den supports them from one generation to the next, and both the beauty and danger in an Octopus's world."

-- YA Books Central

​​"Hunter’s ink, watercolor, and colored pencil illustrations bring warmth and accessibility to the subject, inviting readers into the pages. The illustrations depicting the end of life for the mother octopus are particularly moving; these scenes and their use of color convey sadness, sacrifice, and hope. . . . A great read-aloud choice for older readers.
—School Library Journal

Written by Randi Sonenshine

Illustrated by Anne Hunter

​ISBN 9781536226546

Hardcover | $18.99
Published by Candlewick
May 21, 2024 | 32 Pages

4-8 years