Spaghetti is not a Finger Food
Illustrated by Sarah Ackerley
Publication Date: December 3, 2012
Illustrated Chapter Book
For Children Ages 8-12
Book Blurb: Follow a quirky day in the life of Connor, a brilliant student with an equally high talent for second-guessing the rules. As both entertainment and an accessible educational tool to help teach students about Asperger’s Syndrome, the book is a welcome addition to schools and libraries alike.
What a delightful story; funny and poignant and very realistic. It is written for children, but adults will enjoy Connor and his antics just as much as a child. A person with Asperger’s processes his or her world in such a different way than other people, and this story offers great insight into what that process is like without belaboring the point. For a little while you just walk in Connor’s shoes, cheering when he makes good choices and squirming when he does not. All the while you understand that for him to control his impulses is a great challenge.
The illustrations by Sarah Ackerley are so well done and help make the story come alive. We can see the struggle on the teacher’s face as she tries to be patient with Connor, and we can see his intensity when he just has to get that book on the top shelf in the library or tell his teacher that lizards are not related to dinosaurs.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.
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