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The Octopus, Dadu and Me

The Octopus, Dadu and Me

by Unwin, Lucy Ann

ISBN: 9781915235039

Sashi feels like she has three hearts and they're all breaking. She's losing her beloved Dadu to dementia, and her parents don't even want her to visit him any more. Like her Dadu, Ian is trapped. Like her Dadu, Ian should be at home with his family. And then Ian tells her he's in danger and only she can help him escape. Except Ian just happens to be an octopus...


Lizi - Nottingham Girls High School - 2024

It was good but the plot was predictable and I got slightly lost along the way. This book had a nice theme making people aware of Dementia and what it does to family and friends. Sashi was a confusing character, but I like that about her. She was expressing her emotions through actions that she thought were right, but really were not. Overall, the book had a nice theme but it was not the book for me.

Sofia - Nottingham Girls High School - 2024

I really enjoyed this book because the problems Sashi faced were understandable like her friendship breakups and her sadness for a loved one. I didn't really understand why she would focus on rescuing an octopus but I can see why she would distract herself.

Joseph - White Hills Park Federation - 2024

I really liked the story, the octopus was very creative. Towards the end of the story it seamed to last very long until the main ending but the rest of the the story was creative and I loved all the characters. It was a very good book.

Maxwell - White Hills Park Federation - 2024

It was very heartfelt but had some action too. It also shows when you have to try and let go of love ones and good ways to do it. It also shows about real life situations and places that help people and figure things out. It is also very unique and is a very unusual subject but the author does a really good job to make it interesting but not like any other book I have read.

Olivia - White Hills Park Federation - 2024

I think that this book was interesting. I would recommend this book to readers 10 years and up who will understand dementia and understand how Sashi feels. Sashi is the main character and the book is written from her point of view. 12-year-old Sashi is told that she is no longer allowed to visit her beloved dadu who she is losing to dementia and is heartbroken. Luckily Darcie, her best friend and Hassan, an old school friend are always there for her and are willing to help with whatever crazy plans Sashi has in mind. (Something very fishy!) Sashi has an unusual and special relationship with Ian the octopus, which you can find out more about by reading the book! There was just one thing I didn't like which was the fact that Sashi is always very sad which made it a bit hard to read. Other than that I would recommend this book.

Oliver - White Hills Park Federation - 2024

This book had an interesting story, however I found that it was very emotional and it felt very slow. Other than that it was a great book with a nice ending

Shelby - Outwood Academy Kirkby - 2024

This book was exciting but sometimes a bit boring.

Frances - Nottingham Girls High School - 2024

I particularly enjoyed reading ‘The Octopus, Dadu and Me’ because the author did a great job of helping the reader to get to know Sashi and expressing her emotions. The comic-style drawings were elegant and easy to understand though I could barely see the punctuation marks. Sashi seemed to have such a close connection to her Dadu and, after all Sashi had been through, I am delighted that the book had a happy and heartwarming ending.

Jemimah - Magnus Church of England Academy - 2024

The storyline was very heart-warming but was a bit far fetched for me.

Alexis - Nottingham Girls High School - 2024

The characters in this book were relatable and amusing, the plot seemed confusing and irrelavent. The ending seemed predictable but also nicely complete.

Olivia - Outwood Academy Kirkby - 2024

It was good how the author included Octopus facts that most people didn't know. The book shows how different people have different back stories and how they grew up.

Izzy - Outwood Academy Kirkby - 2024

The book was a book of interest to me as it is relatable to many and is about children my age. If I had to state a single flaw it would be that Sashi and her friends are planning for most of the book and have very little time left to actually free Ian (the octopus).

Tommy - Magnus Church of England Academy - 2024

I thought that this book was really entertaining and the story was really moving. Whilst the story was hard to follow at times, I believe that in the end it was an amazing book and I would definitely recommend it.

Susan - Nottingham Girls High School - 2024

I think I enjoyed this book because I liked the topic, but not so much the story itself.

Elizabeth - Nottingham Girls High School - 2024

I really liked it! It wouldn't be a book that I would pick up normally. I understood her story - friendship breakups and the fear of losing a loved one but it didn't really make sense on rescuing on octopus.

Sarah - Nottingham Girls High School - 2024

I think this book was good but the ending seemed a bit unrealistic because a person wouldn’t just change their mind to the complete opposite.

Milena - Nottingham Girls High School - 2024

I loved the weirdness in it and how much it shows friendship. I also loved how you talked about how his dementia started and how emotional it was. Thank you for writing this book!

Hilary - White Hills Park Federation - 2024

Main plot of the story was about Sashi crying. The plot was a bit emotional as Sashi's grandpa, also know as dadu, dying. And Sashi was prevented from visiting her Dadu. Therefore being stubborn and eventually trying to save a completely healthy octopus to the ocean. Overall a bit confusing and a very sad plot.

Michelle - Nottingham Girls High School - 2024

Great book to add to my favourites! Loved it!

Matilda - Nottingham Girls High School - 2024

I really liked the Octopus , Dadu and Me. It was a really good pace and had a very interesting plot. I really liked the characters especially Ian.

Lillian - Nottingham Girls High School - 2024

This book was very complicated. I struggled to read the book up until the middle, that's where the book became intriguing. The octopus-kidnapping plot was a way of showing how things can get out of hand when life hits you hard. This book was very challenging.

Tayja - Nottingham Girls High School - 2024

This book was a interesting. I have never read anything about dementia before where he can't really remember anything and Shasa feels like she has three hearts. She feels as if her heart is breaking because she is loosing her beloved grandad and she goes the the aquarium where she meets a comforting octopus.

Ayomide - Outwood Academy Kirkby - 2024

I only gave this book 3 because I haven't finished it yet - I'm sure it would be more if I had more time. I love how the author links Ian's capture to Dadu's dementia.