by Shelby Van Pelt
If you’re looking for a charming story with portions written by an Octopus, then look no further. Remarkably Brilliant Creatures was the perfect read to banish the February Blues.
Marcellus is a grumpy octopus who lives or instead is imprisoned in the Sowell Bay aquarium, where he judges his captors from behind his glass wall. He is not too fond of most human beings, but there is one he grows affection for, and her name is Torva. As the night custodian of the aquarium, Torva knows all of the marine life and often talks to them while cleaning. One evening, much to her surprise, Torva sees Marcellus outside of his tank. She soon begins to realize that the strange “things” she’s been noticing must certainly be part of Marcellus’s mischief, and she soon forms a friendship with this eight-legged creature. Marcellus learns of Torva’s sorrow of losing her son to the sea and takes it upon himself to help solve the mystery behind his disappearance.
I really, REALLY enjoyed this book. It was simple, easy, and a beautifully wholesome narrative perfect for dreary winter days.