Friday, July 6, 2012

Anything but Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin

Anything but Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin
Have you ever wanted to get inside the head of someone who is autistic? Ever wondered what they are really thinking? This book tries to do that and does a pretty decent job explaining and describing the actions and behaviors of an autistic kid. I must admit that it feels more like what a parent of an autistic kid wishes they were thinking...like an autistic kids thoughts filtered and pretty--that this child is more “typical” than we know but unable to show it and I am not convinced that is reality. I mean they must be thinking completely differently, which is why their behavior doesn't always make sense. Interesting, though, for sure and certainly makes you think, which might just be the purpose. 
Grades 4-8 Caudill Nominee 2012