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The Peculiar Tale of the Tentacle Boy
Released the same day as the standard print edition
The Peculiar Tale of the Tentacle Boy
Written by:
Richard Pickard 
Read by:
Theo Solomon 
Unabridged CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
6 hours 4 minutes 
August 05 2021 
Available Date:
August 05 2021 
Age Category:
Children (8+) 
Fiction; Children's Fiction; Fantasy; Fantasy Fiction 
Bolinda audio 
Bolinda price
AUD$ 24.95
AUD$ 24.95

Award winning author
Debut novel
UK Author

Winner AudioFile Earphones Award 2021

When Marina discovers a boy with a head of tentacles and crab claws for hands, she resolves to help him unravel the mystery of his past ...

Marina meets William while exploring the haunted pier in her seaside town. But William is not like other boys. He’s ... different – with crab claws for hands and tentacles that stretch from his head. What he needs from Marina – if she’s ready – is a friend who can help him to unravel the fishy mystery of his past ...

‘Charming and delightful ... a whimsical adventure story stuffed to the flippers with fish puns and fun.’
Sam Sedgman, co-author of the Adventures on Trains series

'Crammed to the gills with everything I want in a middle-grade book … I was swept right into the vivid world of Merlington and adored the larger-than-life characters!’
Jasbinder Bilan

‘a wonderfully silly story of danger, mystery, and sashimi. Packed with fishy puns and a truly awful villain, great for younger readers who like tall tales!’
Alastair Chisholm

‘Full of heart, adventure and wordplay’

‘[A] gem of a book … such a fantastic read with memorable characters, perfect fishy puns, and a really charming voice.’
Jennifer Killick

‘The story has been polished like a pebble in a gift shop … so charming and quirky’
The Times

'Narrator Theo Solomon delightfully introduces the English village of Merlington and its fish-loving inhabitants. Martina Minnow rescues abandoned William, who has tentacles for hair and crab claws for hands. Solomon delivers endless lessons about fish, stories about the town's 17 competitive fishmongers, and the residents' suspicions about William and the Minnow family. In addition to deftly conveying Marina's steadfast attitude toward William, Solomon's standout portrayal is that of homebound Granny Minnow, who supplies clues as Marina and William search for the mysterious fisherman who saved William as a baby. Audio is the ideal format for a heartwarming tale that emphasizes accepting those who are different.'
AudioFile Magazine