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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but slight problem......., 24 Dec. 2011
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This review is from: Blue Bottle Mystery: An Asperger Adventure (Asperger Adventures) (Paperback)
I bought this book to share with my recently diagnosed AS son and his younger brother. Unfortunately, it wasn't clear from the precis that the boy in the story has lost his mum and my AS son being fairly egocentric would have found this too difficult to hear in a story. One of his major fears is losing his parents - he is particularly attached to me and cannot even watch DVDs like 'Home Alone' as his worries come too strongly to the fore. I am glad I read the book before attempting to share it with my children as it would have sparked a major episode for him. The mother being dead was not necessary for the story and to be honest I found it used simply as a vehicle for some of the plot. The child is also written with a lot more self awareness and self knowledge than I have noticed in AS children I have been in contact with (aged under 10 yrs in the main). The friendship with his peer is also quite amazingly uncomplicated, again not something we would be able to relate to. This isn't an out and out criticism as it affects all children differently but I was quite disappointed as Ben was not close enough to my son's experience for this book to be useful. If you have a child who has managed to make a social connection, is fairly self aware and can make the necessary leaps to find this useful then it would be an invaluable book. Sadly it just wasn't for us so I am seeking alternative books to help broach this subject with my sons.
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Initial post: 13 Feb 2012 15:32:11 GMT
Thank you for you comments on this book. I was about to buy it for my son but he has the same fears about me dying as I am his only parent. I'm glad I read your review!

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Nov 2012 14:42:46 GMT
Last edited by the author on 14 Nov 2012 14:43:08 GMT
Nicola M says:
Excellent review as my son is also very sensitive & would find this distressing. I'm desperate to find a 'nice' book without sad things or scary things that will traumatise my son.

Posted on 16 May 2016 23:14:52 BDT
Thank you for mentioning that. This book is out for my daughter for the same reason.
We loved M is for Autism.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 May 2016 23:15:24 BDT
Try M is for Autism. We loved it.
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