The Den That Octopus Built (Animal Habitats #3) (Hardcover)

The Den That Octopus Built (Animal Habitats #3) By Randi Sonenshine, Anne Hunter (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Randi Sonenshine, Anne Hunter (Illustrator)
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This is book number 3 in the Animal Habitats series.

We are thrilled to be the Randi Sonenshine's bookstore partner for preorders of this book!

Preordered copies of The Den That Octopus Built will include:

  • a limited edition bookplate with original art designed and signed by illustrator Anne Hunter
  • an octopus sticker designed by Anne Hunter
  • a bookmark

Each book preordered will also get entered into a drawing for the following:

  • the NWF Adopt an Octopus (comes with a plush octopus, a certificate, and a poster)
  • two Georgia Aquarium passes (local orders only)

For personalized copies, please put your name for personalization in the order comment when you check out!




— Little Shop of Stories


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.

These are the shells she wears like a sheath,
keeping her safe from Tiger Shark’s teeth
when she’s far from the den that Octopus 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.

About the Author

Randi Sonenshine grew up on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, surrounded by the watery wonders of the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Her debut picture book, The Nest That Wren Built, was named a Chicago Public Library Best of the Best selection and a Capitol Choices Noteworthy Book. She is also the author of The Lodge That Beaver Built. She lives with her husband and two sons in Northwest Georgia, where she is a middle-school literacy specialist and instructional coach.

Anne Hunter is the illustrator of The Nest That Wren Built and The Lodge That Beaver Built by Randi Sonenshine and the author-illustrator of such picture books as Possum and the Summer Storm, Cricket Song, and Possum’s Harvest Moon. Originally from South Florida, she now lives in Vermont with her family.

Praise For…

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

Product Details
ISBN: 9781536226546
ISBN-10: 1536226548
Publisher: Candlewick
Publication Date: May 21st, 2024
Pages: 32
Language: English
Series: Animal Habitats