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Maggie Tokuda-Hall has an MFA in writing from the University of San Francisco and a tendency to spill things. As a longtime children's bookseller she has read her fair share of stories, and she is always hungry for more. Her favourite animal is an octopus, or else an elephant. She lives in San Francisco, USA. Find her online at and on Twitter as @emteehall.Benji Davies is an animation director and award-winning illustrator, whose picture books include the Bizzy Bear series, The Storm Whale and Grandad's Island, which was shortlisted for the Association of Illustrator's prestigious World Illustration Awards. He lives in London with his wife, Nina. Find him online at, and on Twitter and Instagram as @Benji_Davies.


Davies makes his Walker debut illustrating this inventive spin on "how to build a story", guaranteed to inspire readers to tell tales of their own. * Bookseller *
"An octopus playing a ukulele is just the start of this witty and unlikely story that will inspire imagination. While having a character is a good start for a story what happens next is what really matters. Ideas aplenty are woven in as characters from an adorable bunny to rocket scientists join the octopus and help him to grow his own story in this thought provoking book about stories and how they come about." * LoveReading Julia Eccleshare January 2017 Book of the Month *
"This is a smart and uplifting look at how stories work and the power of imagination - paired with bright colours and a very cuddly octopus in a cosy red hat. One for the creative kids out there (which is to say, all of them)." * Irish Times *
With dynamic, poly chromatic illustrations and finely judged text, this paean to the "little bit of nothing" with which a book begins should be a surefire hit for aspiring writers of any age. * The Guardian *
"An innovative picture book about how to build a story [...] Funny and smart, this book will fire up youngsters' imaginations." * Aldershot News and Mail *

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