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When is an Octopus Not an Octopus?

I’ve written two picture books that feature those delightful cephalopods, LITTLE RED CUTTLEFISH (Pelican, 2016) and HOW THE SQUID GOT TWO LONG ARMS. So, Gabe Pyle and the mad geniuses at Bored Panda had me at octopus imitating other animals.

“Check out these awesome animal illustrations by Gabe Pyle. There’s a snail, a monkey, a turtle, a sloth – pretty much most animals you can think of. But there are no octopuses. No sir. None at all.

Take a closer look however and you’ll suddenly realize that all is not quite what it seems. Is that flamingo really a flamingo? Is that T-Rex really a T-Rex (humor me here)? Or are they all actually octopuses pretending to be various members of the animal kingdom? No, that’s ridiculous…right?┬áDon’t worry, you’re not going crazy, because that’s exactly what they are! Pyle is an industrial designer and illustrator and he and his wife came up with the awesome idea for a little bit of fun. See for yourself in the pictures below, and don’t forget to vote for your favorite!

 

Definitely Not An Octopus

Definitely Not An Octopus

Definitely Not An Octopus

Definitely Not An Octopus

Definitely Not An Octopus

Definitely Not An Octopus

Definitely Not An Octopus

Definitely Not An Octopus

Definitely Not An Octopus

Definitely Not An Octopus

Definitely Not An Octopus

Definitely Not An Octopus