I received Septopus: Trouble on the High Cs by Jyotin Goel as a review copy from Rupa Publications and would like to thank the publisher for the book.
The blurb (from the publisher):
Everyone is thrilled that renowned music conductor Zubair Midha plans on visiting Sea World to hear its famous Oct-estra play. Little do they know that there is a plot underfoot to sabotage the show—a plot devised by the millionaire sponsor of the show, Jai Kalia!
Kalia kidnaps a bunch of octopuses and holds them prisoner on his yacht. What he does not know is that he has got hold of the wrong lot. Rot8 now has to not only rescue his pesky friends from Kalia’s clutches, he also needs to reinstate the reputation of the Oct-estra as the best octopus orchestra!
Read on as Rot8, Tumboo and friends hit the high Cs in yet another hilarious, action-packed adventure!
In Goa Sea World, Rot8 and his family live with other sea creatures. Tumboo, the Turtle, is his best friend. They help in the lab of vet Reena Ronaldo and mad scientist Subbu Swami, Dr Zubbu Zwami.
In this adventure, the Oct-estra (it is an orchestra in which the players are octopuses from Rot8’s family) has to perform in front of renowned music conductor Zubair Midha. So the rehearsals are on and suddenly, the instruments go missing.
The cover is beautiful and the names of the octopuses ending in 8 are truly a genuine idea. All the characters have names like Rot8, Po8, Irrit8, Gyr8, Delic8, The idea of an octopus band, Oct-estra is very cute. The illustrations are beautiful. The story is fast paced and cute.
There is communication between different animals, between sea animals and man, there is confusion. There is humour and there is adventure. There is knowledge imparted to children in the story form.
The pronunciations are funny and really need to be read aloud to enjoy them fully. The language is simple and 6 to 8 year old children will not have a difficulty in understanding it.
I loved it when Rot moves around with an umbrella and the way the author has described it. This book is recommended for all ages, kids would love it and adults would feel like kids.
Though this is the third adventure and I have not read the previous two, I still enjoyed it.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from the publisher in return for my honest review. I have NOT received any monetary compensation for the same.