The colourful and cute magazine to accompany the smash hit CBeebies show, Octonauts is one of the most popular magazines we stock here at Newsstand, and also one of the best.
This monthly mag charts the adventures of the Octonauts, namely Captain Barnacles Bear, Lieutenant Kwazii Cat, and Medic Peso Penguin, who go on daring underwater rescue missions and explore the world of the deep blue. Every issue is full of fun things to do; stickers, games to play, creative activities such as drawing, colouring and more, and is also full of fascinating facts about the world under the sea. Fun and educational, and more often than not with at least one free gift (and often more) – if you like the TV series you’ll love this.
Octonauts is one of those magazines and TV programmes that makes us wish we were still young. Young at heart we may be, but sadly we can no longer get away with reading these magazines – except for with our children. It excellently combines the sometimes difficult to balance areas of education and entertainment – it doesn’t just make your child (and you) smile, it teaches you about the sea. And values such as friendship, cooperation, community and teamwork, which might well be even more important.
If there’s one place in the world where imagination, inventiveness and innovation will never die out, it is in the world of kids TV and stories. Think back to when you were young (this make take longer for some of us than others) and remember such classics as The Magic Roundabout, The Clangers, Bagpuss, Noggin the Nog, Fireman Sam, Postman Pat… Quite where the inspiration for all of these came from we don’t know, but we lean towards the wonderful creations of Oliver Postgate as our favourites. Octonauts may not be in the same league as that to us, but that’s only because we are biased towards a rose-tinted view of our own youth. Octonauts is a creative, educational, entertaining and cheerfully colourful assortment of characters, stories, activities and ideas – which to be honest we enjoyed almost as much as the kids. NB