The most novel approach thus far, I loved the perspective of an imaginary friend. I also felt that the author's background (teacher) provided a unique insight to on children that are often difficult to love because they do not respond in predictable ways.
Indomitable Will a biography of LBJ by Mark Updegrove (sp?). Both books use creative approaches in assiting the reader in gaining insights on the mindset of the main character. Mark's book provides insights on LBJ via the impressions of the participants engaged with LBJ. Dickes book uses the suppositions of the imaginary friends regarding the motivations of thier human friends. I felt Dickes book humanized that spectrum of autisim. I thought it also makes a compelling argument regarding the beneficial societal aspects of thoughtful approaches to mainstreaming children with challenges while at the same time providing a cautionary tale regarding the special protections required for the most vuneralbe children.
I loved the narrator.
The book opened me up to the wonder and magic of childhood imagination. It is also a caution regarding how we must really touch back with young ones to ensure that we understand how they are processing confusing experiences.
The characters are a little lilmited and stilted but I suspect this is to remind us that the worldview of a child is simplistic.
The story was somewhat suspenseful but too easy to predict the ending.
I would probably consider it depending on the subject. He has a good imagination.
He successfully reminded me the way the way a child thinks
It is interesting and pretty fast paced. The author took enough time to make me feel something for the characters.
I enjoyed the story even though its a little schmaltzy.
Really original story and it kept my attention. Encompassed autism in a particular child exceptionally well. suspenseful but heart warming too. Loved it.
Excellent. I thoroughly enjoyed it and appreciated it's unique way of bringing perspective to autism and life. I wish it had left the F words out. It would be a beneficial read for my students!
The narrator of the story is Budo, the imaginary friend of a young apparently autistic boy named Max. As an invisible friend, he can only be seen and heard by Max, and by other invisible friends; so when Max gets in some trouble and Budo wants to help, there are some obvious challenges.
It's a very unusual and interesting perspective, and an interesting way to tell the story. Ultimately though I found the writing style a bit annoying since the author is trying to make Budo sound like a young child, so he speaks only in very short, simple sentences. A whole book of this is a bit hard to handle, even though the audible narrator made a valiant effort.
OVERALL IMPRESSION: I actually really enjoyed this book. I hadn't heard of it before, but I'm glad that I gave it a listen, because it was great. I loved the narrator. His voice was easy to listen to and fit with the characters well. The concept of the story is really interesting. I've never read anything from a perspective like this before and it was very well done. The story line itself was interesting and exciting. There were funny moments, touching moments, sad moments and suspenseful moments. This book had it all and was a great all-around read.
CHARACTERS: Budo was such a great character. I loved seeing the world though his eyes and watching him change throughout the story.
COVER: I like how it's blurred out. It fits with the idea of this imaginary friend and the possibility of them fading over time.
Haven't read the print, but I really enjoyed the narration, so I'll just say yes.
When I was listening to him play the main character, I totally forgot I was listening to some random man. When he was playing Max or the other imaginary friends, I forgot they were all technically the same person. Every character had a distinct image in my head.
The reunion. I cried the happiest tears a book has ever made me cry.
I love the angle of this book. I thought it might be cheesy, but it was really well planned out. Just read it; ad some creative happiness to your life.
The concept of the imaginary friend to a small child was interesting enough to keep me listening, although I did listen on fast speed to keep the story moving. Although the book didn't grab me like it did other people, I was interested enough to keep listening to see where the author was taking the characters.
I enjoyed the interview with the author and Mrs. Gosk at the end.
The story had an interesting premise but it was written like a children's book. I understand it's written from the perspective of a child's imaginary friend but the author didn't have to keep repeating himself like he was talking to a child or explain simple things like what the book Pinocchio is about. I only finished it because the underlying mystery was just interesting enough that I wanted to see how it ended.
Something much more sophisticated. I listened to The Nightingale right before this and loved that book. I'll be going back to historical fiction or maybe a biography.
The first encounters with Oswald. They went on forever.
Can I get my credit/money back?