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Review | All Cats Are On The Autism Spectrum by Kathy Hoopmann

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.

Autism

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?

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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Sophie
    4th April 2021 at 8:27 pm

    This books sounds absolutely incredible! It sounds like such a gentle way to explain things to people in a way they’ll truly understand. And the cute pictures are a bonus x

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      Daisy
      6th April 2021 at 7:26 pm

      It really is!! Such an adorable book! The author has looked a bunch of topics through animals such as dogs and ADHD and birds and anxiety!

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    Kayleigh Zara
    4th April 2021 at 9:05 pm

    This sounds like a really life-changing book, and one that will help people so much. From the images here I love how it’s explained in such a reader friendly way. Thankyou for sharing x

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      Daisy
      6th April 2021 at 7:28 pm

      Definitely! It’s the perfect little book to introduce someone to the topic! I really hope Kathy Hoopmann does more books like this with other conditions!

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        Kathy Hoopmann
        7th April 2021 at 5:38 am

        Thanks for all the lovely compliments, Daisy. I have a book on Dyspraxia coming out later this year:)

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          Daisy
          11th April 2021 at 9:01 am

          Oh hi!! Wow! I wasn’t expecting you to ever comment! Thank you so much for taking the time to read and that future book will definitely be on my To Read list!

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    Anika
    6th April 2021 at 10:10 pm

    I really like the sound of this one! My day job means I meet a lot of people on the autism spectrum, and I’m sure they’d appreciate a book like this. A great one for me to keep in mind, thanks for sharing!

    Anika | chaptersofmay.com

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      Daisy
      11th April 2021 at 9:00 am

      Oh wow! That’s so cool! You really make a difference with your job then! It’s a good job you can put up with me and my rambling comments too! Haha!

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    Simply Alex Jean
    8th April 2021 at 5:59 pm

    This book looks and sounds absolutely adorable – and I appreciated you sharing your story and experiences as reading it. I agree with you – all of the cat images are cute soooo cute! Happy Autism Awareness Week – thank you for the this post!

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    Corinne
    12th April 2021 at 4:42 pm

    I love this book! I really want Leo to be aware of stuff like,this would be a great book to help him understand!

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      Daisy
      15th April 2021 at 5:39 pm

      Awww! Both Leo and you would love it! The same author has other similar books about anxiety and has one about dyspraxia coming out later this year!

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    Lindsey
    18th April 2021 at 10:29 am

    This sounds like a really great book. The fun side of it makes the learning side even more powerful and more chance of people taking it in when they can relate it to something fun, for sure. Great review!

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