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The 1st Comic Book: Book 1: The Girl with the Curly Hair Paperback – 31 Oct 2013

4.8 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Lonely Mind Books (31 Oct. 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 0956269311
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956269317
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 24 x 22 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 653,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This engaging picture book presents simple, insightful, communicative comic strips of everyday situations between the person with Asperger's Syndrome (AS) and the Neurotypical (NT) person in their overlapping worlds.

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I've always thought I suffered from AS at some level but struggled to get to grips with it from what I'd read online and in some books, as such I kind of just carried on as (my type of) normal. I found out about the Girl with the Curly Hair Project almost by accident but I'm so glad I did as since then lots of things have fallen into place both for me and also my NT wife. I don't relate to all the scenarios in Alis' book but many I do, especially the ones with respect to socialising and relationships.

What I want to get across is that Alis clearly has a tremendous ability to articulate a complex subject in a way that is both educational, enlightening and easy to understand. That's why I give this book 5 stars and would strongly recommend checking out the authors website and social media feeds as she is making the world a better place with her efforts both for AS and NT types.
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I enjoyed the cartoons and felt they were good to show a person with no idea about autism what goes on in a persons head who has autism. However, as a person with a lot of understanding of autistic spectrum disorders I was a bit disappointed with the simplicity of the cartoons, and felt that neither I or my aspergers teens learnt anything from them. In typical autistic style my son said 'well it's not like that for me, I love orange juice' and the message from the cartoon was lost on him. I was expecting more from the book based on other peoples reviews, the thing that I found most dissapointing was the length of the book. It consisted of 20 simple cartoons which were left open to interpretation, with no further explanation to the reason behind the girls thoughts. If the book had of cost £3 I would have been much more satisfied with my purchase, but in all honesty I felt ripped off and I would have felt even more annoyed if I had bought the actual book which was far more expensive.
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This book has been instrumental in helping our extended family understand my partners needs after his diagnosis earlier this year. The topics covered are every day situations, and give powerful insight for family members without clogging them down with facts or an inch-thick tome to "study". The language is clear and simple to understand, without jargon or unnecessary technical detail. A very visual book, which can be "left lying around", or used to start discussions about my partners "quirks" has helped us all support him in a fun and interesting way, without making him feel too "different" from everyone else. Congratulations, Alis, on breaking down the barriers between AS and NTs.
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I HIGHLY RECOMMEND ALIS ROWE'S BOOKS FOR ANYONE WHO NEEDS HELP WITH CLEAR. EASY TO UNDERSTAND LITERATURE ON LEARNING ABOUT ASPERGER'S SYNDROME. THE BOOKS ARE GREAT AS A TOOL TO HELP SOMEBODY WHO KNOWS A FRIEND/RELATIVE WHO HAS THE CONDITION AS WELL AS HELPING PEOPLE DIAGNOSED WITH THE SYNDROME UNDERSTAND THAT THEY ARE NOT ALONE. HER BOOKS DEFINITELY REACHED OUT TO OUR DAUGHTER WHO RELATED TO MUCH OF WHAT ALIS SAID IN HER BOOK.
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The 1st Comic Book presents depictions of scenarios that occur in everyday life and the AS (Asperger's Syndrome/high-functioning autism) vs. NT (neurotypical, i.e. non-autistic) reactions to them.

As someone with Asperger's Syndrome myself, they are important to me because:
1) it is *amazing* to see in print my own 'weird' reactions to things, with an explanation of why I feel or behave like that,
2) I can show people I know so that they know I am not just being difficult or mean or whatever,
3) they help me to see the other side and get some idea of what other people might think or feel in the same situation, because the NT perspective is also shown, and
4) they are told with Alis Rowe's particular genius of clarity and humour.

Highly, highly, highly recommended. And the others in the series as well!!! Fantastic!!!
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Superb! This is a very fun, interesting book about Asperger's Syndrome. It is silly and funny, but serious at the same time. The main character, The Girl with the Curly Hair, is captured in a range of everyday activities, for example when going to bed, talking to her mum, going to a restaurant, etc. It makes us realise that even these so-called "normal," "ordinary" events of daily life can bring about a big number of challenges for a person with AS. Add this to your collection of books about Asperger's, there's nothing else out there like it. Looking forward to the next installments!
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This was the first book I read by Alis and was amazed by its simplicity and clarity. Really helps make sense of the world from my sons point of view. Well worth a read along with Alis' other books, lighting a path between the AS and NT ways of thinking.
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A very clever book presented in comic book format to help bridge the gap between those with Aspergers Syndrome and NT (neurotypicals), which is those who don't have Aspergers.

The book takes different life scenarios and gives an insight into what the person with Aspergers is feeling/thinking in those scenarios and what the NT person is feeling/thinking. It's a very easy way to start to understand the way someone with Aspergers views and interacts with the world around them.

I've read a lot of books on Aspergers and have Aspergers myself, many books are too wordy and complex for the average person to digest. This is very different, anyone could read this book and enjoy it too.

Alis Rowe has done an exceptional job in sharing information about life with Aspergers in a no-fuss easy to comprehend format. An exceptional book to read and share, I like the pages in it for the readers own notes and thoughts also. I could see this book used well in a lot if different settings.

5 stars for it's originality, format and accurate messages inside.
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