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Chicken Boy: The Amazing Adventures of a Super Hero with Autism Paperback – April 5, 2012

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**Gold Winner in Children's Books: Preschool Category in the Readers Favorite 2012 Awards
**People's Choice Grand Prize Winner 20011 MeeGenius Author Challenge


"This will be a great resource for kids with autism who want to feel better about themselves, to unleash their inner greatness and for parents and teachers who want to promote a positive view of autism to their offspring and students." 
-Anne Carpenter, Librarian and Information and Referral Specialist
Autism Society of Michigan


"Every teacher should be aware of this book & should read it in every class at every grade level. There are a lot of children now being mainstreamed in to regular classes & this would bring so much awareness." - New Jersey


"I work with autistic children and this story portrayed a deeper understanding of the special mind of a child with autism." - Illinois


"What a sweet touching yet true and funny way of appreciating and loving a child for who he is." - New York
"I work with, and advocate for, autistic children and their families. I wish I could hand this book to each new family as they tell me their son or daughter has just been diagnosed with Autism." - California

From the Author

I wrote this book based on my godson. I do not intend for this book to represent every child with autism as the spectrum is just too large. But it does represent that one boy who is near and dear to my heart and perhaps you will see part of a loved one you know. Hopefully it will remind us all to look twice before judging someone who seems different from us.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: ASD Publishing (April 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985344105
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985344108
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,435,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Having worked with autistic children for over 10 years, I found this book to be exactly what's needed for them. Gregory Allen manages to get inside the mind of a child with autism and show exactly how he's thinking and feeling. This in itself is a real skill. Through simple, yet clever dialogue, Allen captures the issues and problems these children face (eg how they find loud noises distressing) and explains it to other children in a way that's understandable. The book is actually written at a very deep level and yet is presented in a way that's simple for children to read.
This is a wonderful book for parents of an autistic child and it is also a valuable tool for anyone working with autistic children. It is equally important that other children read it to understand the different challenges a child with autism experiences.
The brilliant illustrations coupled with a lovely story make it a joy to turn each page.
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This book is apparently an accurate portrayal of an autistic child, as perceived by the adults around him. However, we must question the claims that it builds understanding or inclusion among neurotypical children. My eight-year-old read the book and took an immediate dislike to Chicken Boy. If she met him, she said she would be polite but keep her distance. The pre-school reading level didn't help, making Chicken Boy seem baby from a third-grade perspective. And without a real name, Chicken Boy just seems weird. Moreover, the book harps on the downsides of autism without really being specific or convincing about what Chicken Boy might excel in. This is all so ironic: my child loves and worships her autistic parent, and is adept at befriending real-life autistic children.

The best books on autism tend to be written by autistic people, or by autism professionals --- people with extensive day-to-day experience of autism over many years. This author is neither, and it shows. The book attempts to provide "understanding" for autistic people, but does not offer the depth, nuance or sophistication required for that task. But it comes across to children as inauthentic because it claims to speak for the autistic child himself, while in reality speaking from the point of view of an adult who wants the best for his godson. Autistic people can and do speak for themselves.

There are better autism-positive books out there, ones that explore the amazing contributions that autistic people have made in our world. For example: http://www.amazon.com/Different-Like-Me-Autism-Heroes/dp/1843108151
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Chicken Boy gives a voice to kids who are rarely represented in children's books. Every child is different, whether they have special needs or not, and those differences make our kids magical. Learning to embrace "different" and finding strength in that is an important lesson we should all learn.
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Chicken Boy, The Amazing Adventures of a Super Hero With Autism is a book that should be on the shelf of all Teachers and parents with an Autistic child. Having been a Special Education Teacher for three years who worked with kids on the Autism Spectrum, I can say that books that dealt with social situations and Autism in general were often some of the only ways that some Autistic children could grasp a concept or lean about a social situation. This story is one of those stories that WILL reach every child. Chicken Boy, should be shared with Autistic children as well as shared in the general classroom. Most classes today have at least one child on the spectrum and Chicken Boy will help open a discussion on differences. I suggest it be read in grades Kindergarten through Fourth grade. Gregory Allen does an excellent job of getting inside the head of an Autistic child. Chicken boy has super powers; but his greatest power is being able to show people that you do not need to be afraid of someone because they do things differently than you do or look and act differently.

The text is easy to read and the illustrations by Dennis Culver are excellent. Children can relate to the other children portrayed in the story because they look realistic. The moral of the Chicken Boy story is very important; "Just take time to get to know me. Maybe you can be a Superhero with me." After reading this book you will be saying, "Bahcaaaaaah!!!" and feeling like a Super Hero yourself.

(The Author Gave me Two Free Copies of This Book To Review)
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I was so pleased to find this book. Although I have no autism in my direct family, I have many friends with autistic children and watch them (both parents and especially the kids themselves) struggle to help others understand. This book will go a long way to help the other kids understand and hopefully make autism a less scary thing. This story is told from the point of view of an autistic boy and very clearly helps you understand what is going on inside his head. It's well written and wonderfully illustrated to shed some light onto these bright, wonderful children who simply have a different way of approaching and looking at life around them. I will be buying copies for my friends and one for my kids school. Bringing awareness to other children is such a wonderful gift to give anyone who has been touched by autism, as all any of us want is to be understood. This book takes a big step towards that goal. Thank you for shedding light on this in such a fun and enjoyable way Mr. Allen.
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