Armond Goes to a Party: A book about Asperger

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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 ...
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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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“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

Children's Literature - Alison Johansen
Armonds’s mom tells him it is time to go to his friend Felicia’s birthday party;, but he says he does not want to go because parties are noisy, disorganized, smelly, make him nervous, and are not on his schedule. His mom reminds him that his friend Felicia will be sad if he is not there to celebrate her special day, so he ends up going. When the party gets to be too much for him, Felicia and her mom give Armond a break in a quiet room, where he plays with Legos and thinks about dinosaurs—his favorite things. He rejoins the party in time to give Felicia her gift and eat a delicious cupcake. In the end, he says that even though the party was hard, he is proud of himself for being a good friend. Armond Isaak, who himself has Asperger’s, reached out to Carlson so they could collaborate on this book to help other kids like him know they are not alone. They do a brilliant job of explaining what people with Asperger’s are thinking and feeling, and how they can navigate what can feel like very difficult and overwhelming social situations. The story illustrates how children can work with their feelings to turn a difficult and perhaps scary situation into a very proud moment. The illustrations are endearing and thoughtfully portray the many emotions tugging on Armond. A helpful “note to grownups” is included at the end of this book about autism, Asperger’s and friendship. Reviewer: Alison Johansen; Ages 5 to 9.
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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575424675
  • Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/10/2014
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 514,056
  • Age range: 5 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: AD450L (what's this?)

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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  • Posted May 11, 2014

    Title: Armond Goes to a Party - A book about Aspergers and frien

    Title: Armond Goes to a Party - A book about Aspergers and friendship
    Author: Nancy Carlson & Armond Isaak
    Illustrator: Nancy Carlson
    Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing
    Published: 4-15-2014
    ISBN: 9781575424675
    Pages: 26
    Genre: Children's Fiction
    Tags: Family & Friends, Autisim
    Sensual Level: N/A
    Overall Rating: Great
    Reviewed For: NetGalley
    Reviewer: DelAnne


    Having worked with special needs children and having a nephew with Aspergers this book is a God send. As a family we understand his condition, but trying to explain it to others is not easy. Many see his outburst and reactions to situations as disciplinary problems and this book is the perfect way to show others about the problem and to remind my nephew he is not alone in his frustrations.


    We all enjoyed the story and the illustrations, because they are done in comic book form. Something my nephew likes because they are short and colorful. If you have someone with Asperger or any form of Autism, you may wish to gift them and their family with this book to remind them that there is hope for their child to interact with other children from time to time if certain concessions are made.

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