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SPAGHETTI IS NOT A FINGER FOOD (AND OTHER LIFE LESSONS)

Author: Jodi Carmichael

Illustrator: Sarah Ackerley

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Publisher: Little Pickle Press, 2012

Material: paperback

Summary: Connor interrupts his teacher Mrs. Winters. A lot. He has information in his head that the world needs to know (especially when it comes to dinosaurs and dogs!) Lots of facts, too. It has been a very active, hard day for Connor. Thankfully, Mrs. Rosetti, the school counselor, is there to help. Turns out Connor can help, too. Those facts about dogs are going to come in very handy. This illustrated chapter book is a first-person story about a young boy with Aspergers Syndrome.

Type of Reading: family reading, read aloud book, learning to read, illustrated chapter

Recommended Age: read together: 6 to 9; read yourself: 8 to 10

Interest Level: 6 to 10

Reading Level: 2.2

Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Adult Reader Reaction: In a word: superb! By letting Connor tell the story, readers can walk in his shoes and see the world as he does. The author captures a young boy's voice perfectly. Every child knows what interrupting is - and how hard it is to be patient. All of us know what its like to want something NOW and then just grab for it. The story has a happy ending, as it should.

Pros: Humor, vivid descriptions, and first-person narrative create a delightful, poignant story of a young boy's day at school.

Cons: None, really. I just wish it also had some "helpful hints" for parents to share with their kids on how to be a good friend to someone whose brain works differently than theirs.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. This is a wonderful book to read with kids starting elementary school and then one they can read again as they build their own skills.

If You Liked This Book, Try: KEISHA'S DOORS / Las Puertas de Keisha (An Autism Story Book 1)   MRS. GORSKI, I THINK I HAVE THE WIGGLE FIDGETS (The Adventures of Everyday Geniuses)   LAST TO FINISH: A STORY ABOUT THE SMARTEST BOY IN MATH CLASS (The Adventures of Everyday Geniuses)

Educational Themes: Although Connor is a boy diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome, millions of kids - including those not on the Autism Spectrum - can relate to him. It opens the doors for talking about friendship, choices, consequences, and seeking help.

Notes: The Reading Tub® picked up this book at Book Expo America. There are no expectations of review associated with this book.

Literary Categories: Fiction - easy reader, school, life lessons

Date(s) Reviewed: February 2014

Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.




                 

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