Armond Goes to a Party: A book about Asperger's and Friendship

Armond Goes to a Party: A book about Asperger's and Friendship

by Nancy Carlson, Armond Isaak
     
 

Armond doesn’t want to go to Felicia’s birthday party. Parties are noisy, disorganized, and smelly—all things that are hard for a kid with Asperger’s. Worst of all is socializing with other kids. But with the support of Felicia and her mom, good friends who know how to help him, he not only gets through the party, but also has fun. When his

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Armond doesn’t want to go to Felicia’s birthday party. Parties are noisy, disorganized, and smelly—all things that are hard for a kid with Asperger’s. Worst of all is socializing with other kids. But with the support of Felicia and her mom, good friends who know how to help him, he not only gets through the party, but also has fun. When his mom picks him up, Armond admits the party was not easy, but he feels good that he faced the challenge—and that he’s a good friend. A great book for anyone to learn about coping with autism or Asperger’s.

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From the Publisher

“With help from her coauthor, a middle schooler with Asperger’s syndrome, Carlson explains why a child with a spectrum disorder might be reluctant to attend a friend’s party. Yet with some peer understanding and adult assistance, the challenge can become an opportunity to have fun as well as be a friend . . . Both Armond’s distress and his relief and satisfaction are likely to move young audiences toward increased empathy for others with mental or physical differences.”—Booklist

“An accessible life-skills guide about friendship for children with autism spectrum disorders. This optimistic story is a worthwhile purchase for libraries.”—School Library Journal

School Library Journal
10/01/2014
Gr 1–3—This picture book coauthored by a middle school student with Asperger's syndrome sheds light on the disorder. Armond is anxious about Felicia's upcoming birthday party. In many ways, he is like most kids—he loves to read, is obsessed with dinosaurs, and enjoys playing basketball. However, because Armond has Asperger's, he finds social situations challenging. After receiving some motherly advice about friendship, he decides to attend the party. When the boy arrives, his senses are immediately overloaded by the sights of balloons and bubbles, the smell of dirty diapers, the sounds of crying babies and loud guests, and the general disorder of the party. With triggered nerves, Armond asks for a break, and in return, Felicia and her mom give support, providing him with a quiet room to read and play. Now calm and ready to rejoin the group, he is happy to be included in the rest of the party's activities. The author employs her traditional illustrative style, artfully reflecting the world as a child with Asperger's might see it—full of distracting colors, shapes, and patterns mixing together. The cluttered and chaotic image of the party scene with Armond at the center evokes the isolation many kids with Asperger's have in similar situations. The "Note to Grown-Ups" is particularly valuable, with directives to adults about how they can support children with Asperger's in making friends. Except for the occasional metaphor, which might prove distracting to concrete and literal readers, the simple writing style makes this an accessible life-skills guide about friendship for children with autism spectrum disorders. This optimistic story is a worthwhile purchase for libraries seeking to increase their collection of inclusive material written for and about children with special needs.—Renee Grassi, Glen Ellyn Public Library, IL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781575424668
Publisher:
Free Spirit Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
04/15/2014
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,092,092
Product dimensions:
11.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD450L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Nancy Carlson is an accomplished children’s book author and illustrator who has published more than 60 books. A lifelong Minnesotan, Nancy graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design with a major in printmaking. She believes that life should be fun for everyone, but especially for children. Nancy is also a guest author and illustrator at over 150 school classrooms each year and has touched the lives of thousands of children across the country. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Armond Isaak taught himself to read when he was three years old and hasn’t stopped since. Besides books, his loves include Legos, acting, and playing the trumpet, and he is a proud Boy Scout. Now in middle school, Armond has been learning to embrace his uniqueness instead of fight it, and he has a small circle of friends with similar interests. He reached out to Nancy to do this book because he wants to help every young boy or girl with Asperger’s realize they are not alone in a world where they often feel lonely and out of place. Armond lives with his mom, dad, sisters, cat, and dog in New Hope, Minnesota.

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