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Leo and the Octopus

Written by Isabelle Marinov

Illustrated by Chris Nixon

Family / Home Stories Featured Books for 5+ readers Personal Social Health Economic (PSHE) School Stories

LoveReading View on Leo and the Octopus

A stylish, sensitive picture book focusing on Asperger's Syndrome in a unique and humorous way

Selected for The Book Box by LoveReading4Kids

Leo is a curious child but he feels different from the other children in his class and he doesn't understand them. He doesn't like too much noise and the commotion of the classroom can sometimes upset him. When he meets Maya the Giant Pacific Octopus he builds a friendship that assures him he is not alone. The story will strike a chord with children who have Asperger's Syndrome, as well as educate other children about the condition in a way they can relate to.


Other Info

Professor Tony Attwood, author of Asperger's Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals - The sensitive descriptions throughout the book of what it is like to have autism are accurate and perceptive on so many levels.

Leo and the Octopus Synopsis

The world was too bright for Leo. And too loud. I must be living on the wrong planet, Leo thought.

Leo struggles to make sense of the world. He doesn't understand the other children in his class, and they don't seem to understand him. But then one day, Leo meets Maya. Maya is an octopus, and the more Leo learns about her, the more he thinks that perhaps he isn't alone in this world, after all.

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ISBN: 9781787416550
Publication date: 07/01/2021
Publisher: Templar Publishing
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781787416550
Publication date: 7th January 2021
Author: Isabelle Marinov
Illustrator: Chris Nixon
Publisher: Templar Publishing
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 32 pages
Suitable for: 5+ readers
Genres: Family / Home Stories, Personal Social Health Economic , Disability / Special Needs, School Stories
Collections: 25 Children's Books Featuring Autism,

About Isabelle Marinov

When Isabelle was 9 years old, her parents gave her a red typewriter for her birthday. She started crafting stories in German and Luxembourgish, her native language, straight away, but it wasn't until her first son was born that she returned to writing full time. Isabelle writes across several genres, writing picture books, middle grade and screenplays. She speaks four languages fluently, but English is her favourite for prose. She is a member of the SCBWI and a 2017/18 Children's Literature Fellow at Stony Brook University in Southampton, NY. 

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