I’m all about educating the general public for AS and the entire spectrum of Pervasive Developmental Disorders, however, I think there are better ways to do it than this book. I was honestly a bit angered by this book…even though most of the stuff within the book is indeed factual.
This book is a picture book written with the very young audience in mind. The illustrations are somewhat cheesy, but that’s beside the point. The book is also somewhat monotonous, with each page ending in the sentence “This is Asperger Syndrome.” This in a way is a good point of the book, helping young children to understand that everything in the book is characteristic of AS patients.
Though I don’t think the author meant to be degrading in any way, it still kind of rubbed me the wrong way because there are so many positive things about having AS, and I know this because I speak from experience. Nowhere does it mention the strengths of many AS patients: intelligence, uncanny abilities, and the like.
Overall, on a 5-point scale I’d rate this book a 2.5 out of 5. It may be good to help young children accept a classmate with AS a bit better, but I still wish it would give more attention to the positive attributes of these individuals.
You can preview the book here.
For those that have read it, what do YOU think of this book?