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Big Daddy's Tales From the Lighter Side of Raising a Kid With Autism [Kindle Edition]

F. Lewis Stark , Melissa Harrison , Lynn Hudoba
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Book Description

What do elevators, beloved character actor Wilford Brimley, mall maps, flashing yellow traffic lights, the Weather Channel, and Allstate commercials have in common? Not much other than they all are on Griffin's list of favorite hobbies and interests. Over the years, Griffin has embraced these simple pleasures with the same passion some kids reserve for their favorite professional sports teams. Upon hearing Griffin’s diagnosis of autism over a decade ago, his parents felt as though their world ended. They often wished there was a resource available to show, in a lighthearted and humorous way, that having a child with a disability was not all gloom and doom but rather could be a lot of fun. First with his hilarious blog and now with this book, Griffin's dad has tried to fill this void, and launch a crusade, of sorts, to make the public aware that life doesn’t end with a diagnosis of a cognitive disability.
In his book, Big Daddy uses hilarious anecdotes from his experience in raising his quirky son as jumping off points to demonstrate that, while his life did not turn out as he expected, raising an autistic kid is far from misery. Big Daddy shows how acceptance, gratitude and humor help to overcome a great deal of adversity.
Big Daddy's Tales from the Lighter side of Raising a Kid with Autism is about acceptance more than anything else. Sure there are a ton of poop, fart, and booger stories in there. But mainly Big Daddy shares how his family uses creativity, humor, and acceptance to overcome adversity.


Editorial Reviews

About the Author

F. Lewis Stark (aka Big Daddy) brings his unique view of fatherhood, and the world at large, to life in his first book. His tales (and cartoons) from the lighter side of raising a child with autism always spark laughter and discussion. By telling funny and off-beat stories from his life, Big Daddy shows that raising a kid with special needs is not all doom and gloom. To the contrary, it can be quite humorous and inspirational. Big Daddy spends his days enjoying his kids, doing crossword puzzles, yelling at the TV, and thinking about what to eat for lunch. He has several very nice tattoos which his mother pretends don’t exist. Big Daddy is able to survive each day with the help of his long suffering and beautiful wife.

Product Details

  • File Size: 853 KB
  • Print Length: 178 pages
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0051IRXD8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #795,800 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Big Daddy! April 27, 2011
By Lynn H.
Format:Paperback
I'm a long-time fan of Big Daddy's blog, and his book contains never-before-seen essays, anecdotes, and cartoons about life with his autistic son. As the parent of a special needs child, I so appreciate looking past the gloom and doom and finding humor and joy in our day-to-day lives. Who needs a laugh more than us? You will find plenty in this book!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Daddy rules!! May 1, 2011
By jillsmo
Format:Paperback
This book is awesome. I have a child with autism and I know that there's nothing more important than being able to find the humor in things. Big Daddy not only does that, but he does it WELL!! You don't have to have a child with autism to love this book; you will laugh no matter what.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Way to go Big Daddy! May 2, 2011
Format:Paperback
*Big Daddy is the funniest daddy blogger on earth. His book does not disappoint. I couldn't put it down. Five Stars!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun stories September 15, 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book was full of great stories about raising children with Autism. The composition left something to be desired. Once I realized it was mostly a compilation of blog posts it didn't bother me as much. The author would explain things over again that didn't necessarily need to be repeated.

That being said it was still a fun quick read. Made me laugh and I was so glad I read it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Required Reading For All Special Needs Parents May 11, 2011
By Grace
Format:Paperback
I've followed Big Daddy's blog for several months, so I was thrilled when his book came out.

Big Daddy has taught me a different way to parent a special needs child. He truly has shown me that it is OK to relax a little and just roll with things sometimes. The stories in his book are insightful, inspirational, and funny, and his cartoons are downright hilarious. Don't merely gloss over them, the humor is often in the fine details. My own autistic son loves Big Daddy's cartoons!

The essays by the Friends of Big Daddy add an extra dimension to the book by providing different voices and viewpoints, all of which reinforce his philosophy of love and acceptance.

If your child or someone else you love is affected by autism, do yourself a favor and read this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It made me want to get to know Griffin October 11, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I too am a parent of a red headed, freckle faced, autistic boy. Jerry's situation does not seem to be as severe as Griffin's, but I could relate to Big Daddy's plight in so many of these scenarios. Really funny, real life stuff.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Daddy Rocks!
I loved this book! It was a fun, easy read. Big Daddy is hilarious! This was just what I needed as a new parent in the autism world. Read more
Published on October 12, 2011 by sarah0414
5.0 out of 5 stars Read, Laugh and Enjoy
I really enjoyed this book because it is a glimpse inside one family's experience with autism. I'm reading the book a second time, just so I can laugh again. Read more
Published on August 27, 2011 by W. Krahn
5.0 out of 5 stars Cope with Humor
I picked up the tan book. Dr. J walked over. "Are there funny things in that book?"

"Yes," I answered, surprised that he knew that.

"Is that Griffin's book? Read more
Published on May 21, 2011 by Jewelry Jenny
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read Humor
I picked up the tan book. Dr. J walked over. "Are there funny things in that book?"

"Yes," I answered, surprised that he knew that.

"Is that Griffin's book? Read more
Published on May 21, 2011 by Jewelry Jenny
5.0 out of 5 stars I don't have enough thumbs for an adequate thumbs up rating.
Big Daddy has created a rare species of book. He addresses the serious issue of respect and celebration of those with differences, while making the audience laugh hysterically. Read more
Published on May 19, 2011 by Meredith
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dave Barry of Autism Parenting...
I first discovered Big Daddy's blog a few months ago. He has such an incredible way of finding the humor in what, for some, would be humorless. Read more
Published on May 1, 2011 by Laura
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