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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.

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.