Book review: Isaac and His Amazing Asperger Superpowers, by Melanie Walsh

Walsh, Melanie. Isaac and His Amazing Asperger Superpowers! Candlewick Press, 2016.  $16.99. ISBN 9780763681210. 32 pages. Ages 6-8. Q8P6

Walsh IsaacIsaac is a young elementary school-aged boy with Aspergers, an Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Isaac’s thoughts are delivered in first person statements designed for people without Autism to understand how it feels to have autism and the coping strategies Isaac uses to interact socially.  Melanie Walsh is able to demonstrate having Aspergers in a positive light by phrasing the differences as “Superpowers” and through illustrations showing Isaac and classmates interacting happily.  Melanie gives the reader simplistic examples of Asperger behavior which Isaac’s classmates might find strange: “I tend to say whatever comes into my head” and “I try to remember to be friendly…but sometimes I forget.” helping the reader understand Asperger behavior.  The book is colorful and simplistic in both illustrations and message, and is a good basic look at what it’s like to have Aspergers.

April 2016 review by Terri Lippert.

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