Anne Dana lives and draws on a motor yacht on the San Francisco Bay in the picturesque town of Sausalito, California. She has always been fascinated with octopuses; those masters of escape and camouflage, quick learners and problem solvers. While on vacation in Paris, she came across a little hand knitted octopus in a children’s store. That little octopus came home to California and the idea for Monsieur Pierre was born. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Monsieur Pierre is her first picture book and is available from local bookstores and Amazon online. Contact Anne through her publisher, L O Annie Press into@LOAnniePress.com
In the book, Pierre starts out living in the center of Paris. That seems like an odd location for an octopus. Why Paris
So I’d have an excuse to go do “research” in one of my favorite cities. Also, that’s where I found the little hand-knitted octopus that became the inspiration for Pierre. I was vacationing in Paris, exploring the city’s lovely, distinct neighborhoods. The original octopus was in a toy bin in a children’s store in the Marais district.
We’ve been wondering, what’s the proper plural form of “octopus?”
It turns out there is some controversy about whether the “correct” plural is octopuses, octopodes or octopi. The true “correct” form is probably octopodes (since the root word is ancient Greek) but octopuses and octopi are also so widely used, I think they are also acceptable. The only incorrect form is on a menu!