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I wanted to read Emile by Tomi Ungerer after reading Crictor. Both are picture books about unusual friendships between exotic animals and people. Emile, as the cover shows, is an octopus.
The book opens with Captain Samofar having his life saved by Emile. The captain invites the octopus home and he agrees. For a while he is content to live in a bath tub of salt water. But soon he wants more from life.
While above the sea, Emile tries a number of things including working as a lifeguard and fighting crime. All the adventure, though, wears on one. Even a brave octopus might crave a quiet life eventually.
It's a charming book about friendship, adventure and being true to oneself. The book is currently out of print but is worth tracking down.