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Book Review: Spaghetti is NOT a Finger Food (and other life lessons) – by Jodi Carmichael

Spaghetti is NOT a Finger FoodBook: Spaghetti is NOT a Finger Food (and other life lessons)
Author: Jodi Carmichael
Illustrator: Sarah Ackerley
Publisher: Little Pickle Press
Date: November 26, 2012 – Kindle; April 1, 2013 – paperback
Genre: chapter book
Pages: 152
Price: Kindle under $5.00; paperback under $7.00
My rating: Excellent way to learn about Asperger’s Syndrome from the child’s point-of-view

The title – Spaghetti is NOT a Finger Food (and other life lessons) – is the first thing that grabbed my attention, and then the happy innocence of the little boy on the front cover. 

For anyone not familiar with Asperger’s Syndrome, this book is such a great way to learn more about how it affects a child. The whole story is told through the voice of an eight-year-old boy who has Asperger’s Syndrome.

Connor is happy, smart, eager, energetic, and gets into trouble easily because of how differently he relates to his surroundings. He doesn’t mean to, it just seems to happen. And it happens in innocent funny ways. The way Connor tells it is both amusing and informative. For example: after one incident at school, when he was sent – yet again – to the principal’s office, he dashed immediately to his favourite blue chair. It was smooth and calming for him. Obviously he had been there enough times before to have tried all the chairs, but it was not said that way, the reader understood it from the way Jodi Carmichael had Connor tell his experience.

Here are the chapter titles:

  1. Mrs. Winters Does Not Like to Be Interrupted
  2. Girls Are Confusing
  3. Mr. O’Brien Does Not Believe Rules Are to Be Broken – Ever
  4. Smooth Things Are Calming
  5. Lunch Time Can Be Tricky
  6. A Library Voice Is Even Quieter Than an Inside Voice
  7. Stools Are for Standing on and Chairs Are for Sitting On
  8. Even Numbers Rule!
  9. Mrs. Rosetti Has the Best Smiley Face
  10. Feelings Are Confusing
  11. Not All People Are Dog People
  12. A Code Yellow Is Serious Business
  13. Stomach Swirls Can Be Both Good and Bad at the Same Time
  14. Kids Love Dog Tricks

Spaghetti is NOT a Finger Food (and other life lessons) by Jodi Carmichael is a very well-written book that educates while it entertains, while the illustrations by Sarah Ackerley add a wonderful dimension. Having the opportunity to see the world from Connor’s perspective is enlightening. Both children and adults can enjoy this chapter book and learn from it.

You can find Spaghetti is NOT a Finger Food (and other life lessons) listed on my BUY THE BOOK! page.

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂