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With this book, the author Kathy Hoopmann created a fantastic children's story. Of Mice and Aliens is very impressive, exciting and wittily written therefore making it difficult to put it down. You will have to find out for yourselves what else the boys experience and how the story ends. -- Betrifft: Autismus This book gives us a child's view of what living with Apergers is like. It explains how it feels to need routine, and to have difficulty understanding rules and societal norms. The book will appeal to siblings of children with Aspergers, but will also enable parents to empathise with their child. In short, it is an effective introduction to the subject. -- The Frontline of Learning Disability Of Mice and Aliens is an entertaining way for kids to learn about this unusual disability in a non-threatening story and is highly recommended for both school and community library collections. -- Children's Bookwatch In addition to being a fun read, it is a valuable teaching tool for shedding light on life with Asperger. -- Disability Now I would recommend this book to both parents and professionals. It is well written and sensitively portrays the difficulties faced by children and parents in living with Asperger's Syndrome. A list of support organisations and websites is given at the end of the story. -- Rostrum

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Ben is learning to cope with his newly diagnosed Asperger Syndrome, but when an alien crash-lands in his back yard, things really get complicated.
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Product Details

  • Series: Asperger Adventures
  • Paperback: 108 pages
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Pub; 1 edition (July 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184310007X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843100072
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #490,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Kathy Hoopmann is an author of sixteen books, published in four countries, by six different publishing houses, and with translations into twelve languages. She has won and been shortlisted for many literary awards including the Children's Book Council of Australia Award, the Childhood Wellness Moonbeam Award (US), and the Nautilus Award (US).
Kathy is best known for her writing on Asperger Syndrome and the simplicity, charm and insight of these books has made them must-haves for explaining the diagnoses of Asperger's worldwide. Kathy has lived (mostly) in Dubai since 2003 and regularly presents workshops for teachers and children in Australia, the UAE and internationally.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Sorrel on November 21, 2002
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Ever since our son was diagnosed with very high functioning Asperger's less than a year ago, we have included him in discussions and reading about the syndrome. Many kids with Asperger's, our son included, gain comfort with their diagnosis by approaching it with intellectual curiosity. However, there's nothing like a fun story with lots of social skills situations to illustrate some of the challenges people with Asperger's may face and open up discussion possibilities. "Of Mice and Aliens," (the title makes Steinbeck fan, Mom, giggle)is a gently written story that includes lot of issues that are important to children with and without Asperger's syndrome. My son negotiated an extended bedtime so we could finish the book in one sitting. Once finished, he wrote his name in the book, put in in his school backpack and announced that he planned to share it with his teacher and discuss her using it in class to talk about his Asperger's with his classmates. "I'm like two of the characters in the book: Ben AND Zeke (the alien)--a little of each!" We found the book has a nice balance to the challenges and positive side of Asperger's. Some of the Australian/British words (for example, "ring" for the verb, "telephone") just gave us an opportunity to talk about different meanings of words and how easy it is to be misunderstood. We are ordering Hoopmann's other 2 books in the series and look forward to more.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Heather on April 10, 2003
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My son has AS (Asperger's Syndrome) and his father was also diagnosed with AS (at the age of 9). I did not want my son to grow up denying that he has this unique way of looking at life because I want him to own it and be proud of who he is with a unique angle on every situation. These books by Kathy Hoopmann have made that wish a reality. My son enjoyed this book a great deal and wanted us to try to get a hold of her other books (which we were able to get from our local library). We are currently reading them and they are equally good. I would highly recommend this author. These books are rare in the world of autism. I have found nothing else out there that adequately and interestingly explains the unique challenges faced by children with AS in a way that a child could read about and enjoy. I am planning to buy the series in part so that we can let his best friend read about this "disability" and understand why and how my son is different than him.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on January 3, 2002
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Asperger Syndrome is a milder variant of Autism. It is characterized by social isolation and eccentric behavior in childhood. Common symptoms include peculiar speech; clumsiness; and difficulty in understanding other people's meanings, intentions, and feelings. In Kathy Hoopman's unique novel for young readers, Of Mice And Aliens, we are introduced to Ben, who enjoys working with computers, and his Asperger friend Lucy is fascinated by mice. When an alien named Zeke from the planet Celesstis4 lands in Ben's backyard adventure ensues as the alien knows nothing about Earth's rules and norms -- to which been can clearly relate! With Ben trying to manage his Asperger Syndrome and Zeke trying to learn about life on earth, things can and do get complicated! Of Mice And Aliens is an entertaining way for kids to learn about this unusual disability in a non-threatening story and is highly recommended for both school and community library collections.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on September 23, 2003
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This book was a really good book about a boy with Asperger's and an Asperger's adventure. I am a 10 year old boy with Asperger's and this was a great book with a great title. It was kind of an adventure and a mystery. I think parents with kids with Asperger's should read these 2 books, because they help explain how a kid with Asperger's thinks.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Veggie Vixen on January 11, 2007
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I didn't much care for the "way out" concept of an alien adventure, but this book wasn't written for me. It was written for an 8-year-old child whose hopes and alien dreams haven't been squashed by the aging process of time and daily drudgery. Everybody doesn't like something, but my son loved meeting his friends Ben and Andy again in Of Mice and Aliens. He is new to his condition, and he is very excited to finally "meet" a character whose thoughts he understands and who would very likely understand my son's thoughts.

Hey, Kathy, how about this: Ben and Andy go on a beach vacation and end up having a pirate adventure next! LOL! Just trying to help you get the ball rolling for your next book; we just finished Lisa and the Lacemaker today, and my son is very impatient for the next installment!

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Lisa and the Lacemaker is the first book that we have ever read that has had my son literally SQUEALING with delight and anticipation for the next chapter. It's kind of funny (in a healthy respectful fun way) to see an Aspie flailing his hands over an Aspie book!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kim Kouyoumjian on February 26, 2003
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It isn't easy trying to keep child with Asperger's Syndrome attention. However, this book managed to do just that. My son is 9 years old and although he loves to read a variety of non fiction books, fictional ones seem to elude his interest. He
actually looked forward to reading a chapter a day, and even asked if there was another book available like this one he could read. Kudos to Kathy Hoopmann on a wonderful story.
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