Annabelle the Octopus

A Story About Friendship

by Brenda J. Viola Illustrated by E. Shirlee DiBacco



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 4/25/2024

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.5x8.5
Page Count : 36
ISBN : 9781665755078
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 8.5x8.5
Page Count : 36
ISBN : 9781665755092
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 36
ISBN : 9781665755085

About the Book

Lovely Annabelle the Octopus floats near the Isle of Capri, but she has no friends. One day, she gets stuck in coral and she learns the value of reaching out for help. Find out how Carly the Crab, the starfish, manatee, blowfish, and more learn about how to help someone in need. Nothing's impossible when love is there!

About the Author

Brenda J. Viola is the President of Vici Communications LLC. An award-winning communicator who speaks and consults internationally, she has authored two non-fiction books for adults, The Public Servants’ Survival Guide (2020) and How to be Heard Without Screaming (2024). Residing in paradise within walking distance of the sea lions in La Jolla, CA, she relishes any opportunity for adventure or to make lasting memories with those she loves. Annabelle the Octopus is her first children’s book and the culmination of a life-long desire to collaborate with her artist sister. Visit to learn more about how Brenda helps companies and individuals conquer in work and life.

E. Shirlee DiBacco is a professional calligrapher and artist living by the Atlantic Ocean on the “isle” of Ventnor, New Jersey with her husband, Tony. A life-long love of children’s books began with the Little Golden Books her parents read to her. The tradition continued when her children, Deena and David, were born. Shirlee now reads countless books via FaceTime to her grandson, Atlas, who lives in Nicaragua. Baking, playing the ukulele, and taking the stage during local theatre productions bring her joy, and she is thrilled to collaborate with her sister, Brenda, for the very first time. She credits Philadelphia children’s TV host, Gene London, for inspiring her artistic path.