To send off Autism Awareness Week for another year, I finally decided to share one of the birthday presents I received back in January. My friend Kate so kindly saw this on my Amazon wishlist and treated it to me. I have a big love for all things cats and it just helps that I’m on the autism spectrum too! Haha!
Ali and Kate had to put up with me being a nursery teacher and reading it to them and showing the pictures. I’ve watched too many teacher vlogs so it’s no surprise that I did that. There are so many adorable cat and kitten pictures in here so I thought I’d share a few in this review.
This book is the perfect introduction to anyone who has recently being diagnosed on the autism spectrum or have a child who has been diagnosed. It explains in basic terms what it’s like to be autistic.
What I love is that it corresponds a fact with a picture of a cat showing that info/behaviour. I couldn’t help but instantly smile at the first picture of a little kitten in a bobble hat! I mean…look at it! It’s so cute! A paws-itively purr-fect little model. I’ll let myself out…
As well as having all of the cute cats, I genuinely felt like Kathy Hoopmann really connected with me personally. Not all the facts but a few where I was nodding in agreement.
After seeing how unaware some people can be about the autism spectrum or actively speaking for autistic people when they’re not autistic themselves, I feel like simple books like this can help. It’s not your educational book where pages and pages of information is thrown at you. I know what it’s like to try my best to read long blocks of writing and lose interest part way through.
It doesn’t matter if the reader is young or grown-up, anyone can enjoy a fun book like this!
It has the perfect amount of info and entertaining imagery. Why can’t there be more books like this on the market or showcased in bookshop windows? It would be amazing for not just autistic people but anyone with a disability or condition.
Autism affects all ages so let’s hope 2021 carries on educating people about the spectrum and the people in it.
What are your thoughts on this kind of book? Find it fun or a little baby-ish?