The Octopus, Dadu and Me chapter book and activity pack

The Octopus, Dadu and Me chapter book and activity pack

Lucy Ann Unwin
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A moving family drama for kids aged 8+

Head to the aquarium and meet Ian the octopus in The Octopus, Dadu and Me by Lucy Ann Unwin. Young readers will love this book, plus the accompanying activity pack, which we created for Parrot Street Book Club subscribers in April 2023.

“This lovely book is packed with empathy, relatable characters and uplifting friendships, plus there's an exciting twist at the end.”


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. She hides from her grief in the aquarium, where she meets Ian. Like her Dadu, Ian is trapped. He tells her he's in danger and only she can help him escape. Except Ian just happens to be an octopus...

Lucy Ann Unwin worked as a music journalist for BBC 6 Music for 10 years. She has lived all over the UK, in Chile and the USA, but has now settled on the Sussex clifftops with her family and their tortoise. The Octopus, Dadu and Me is her debut novel.

The activity pack includes book club-style questions to ponder and a recipe for sondesh, a delicious Bengali sweet. You'll also make an octopus pencil pot, solve our aquarium-inspired word puzzle and create your own comic strip, alongside jokes, facts and further reading recommendations.

Activity packs are a handy A5 size and printed on uncoated paper which is fully recyclable.

We dispatch orders Monday - Friday.

  • Standard UK Royal Mail delivery £2.99 (free on orders over £25)
  • UK Express delivery also available from £5.50
  • International shipping available to select destinations (calculated at checkout according to weight)

Our packs are wrapped in a simple paper sleeve and sent out in a cardboard book wrap – we would be so grateful if you could recycle both.

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We don't include any paperwork in our parcels so you can send our book gifts directly to the recipient with confidence.

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When in stock this pack is also available as part of a gift set:

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You may also like to browse our greeting cards & gift wrap

We are a monthly book subscription by post for children aged 5 to 14, focused on helping families discover new and different chapter books.

This title was sent to subscribers in the Cockatoo reading group, aged roughly 8 to 12.

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