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5.0 out of 5 starsAbsolutely AMAZING - the best Asperger book there is!
Reviewed in the United States on January 12, 2020
I'm an Aspie and more importantly I'm an avid reader. I've read and owned most every book about Aspergers Syndrome and Autism and I have to say this is my favorite one of them ALL! This book hit every mark - not only the content (which is well written and clear and perfect) but also there is so much thought that went into this book - the font is perfect, the paragraph breaks, the little icons in the text - I mean the STYLE and LAYOUT of the book had me giddy with delight. That's weird but it's absolutely true! Michael is a talented and well practiced stand up comedian and it really shows - this book is smooth. It's clear. It has all the kinks worked out and we get the polished gem that he has to offer. Kudos to everyone who worked on this wonderful book. I would recommend it to anyone with absolute certainty. <3
I’ll start by saying that if you don’t follow Michael McCreary on social media, you should. I first found him on Facebook and not a day goes by that he doesn’t make me laugh. His self-deprecating yet brutally honest humor about life on the autism spectrum is something that, as the mother of a son with autism, I didn’t know I needed. Some days I need it much more than others. “Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic” is a fascinating look at Michael’s life journey so far, how he has evolved as a human being living with autism, and as a comedian who focuses on it. He pulls no punches in talking about the difficult times navigating school and social situations. In plain terms, he talks about how “autism deals in extremes: you have a lot more of something and a lot less of something” with humorous graphics throughout the book that bring it all home. I especially loved that he makes it clear how much he appreciates his parents’ significant roles in his personal and professional life. And, if you follow Michael on Facebook like I told you to do, you will get the bonus of his hilarious mother, Susan, filling in when he’s traveling for comedy gigs. If you have autism, know someone with autism, teach someone with autism, love someone with autism, or just want to know more about autism, buy this book.
Michael McCreary drew me into his world when, in what seems like ages ago, one of his creative posts somehow came down on my Facebook feed. I’m not autistic, and no one in my immediate family is autistic. So why should I care about autism? In short, with his exemplary wit, humanity, intelligence, and compassion, Michael educated me and made me care. He also made me love him in a unique and fervent way I can’t quite describe. Thus, please forgive me if I am at a loss in reviewing his book. You see, I feel less like an impartial critic, and more like a mother trying to write an assessment of her very talented son’s 1st venture into the literary world. That aside, please read this book. It’s funny. It's moving. It’s insightful. It’s like butter.
My youngest has autism (high functioning). He's super smart, but because he struggles with some things, he often says he's stupid and it's because of the autism. I have been spending a lot of time looking for examples of successful people with autism, so I can show him that even though he struggles, it doesn't mean he can't do great things, and that some of the most amazing people are on the spectrum. One of my sons great characteristics is his sense of humor. I can't remember when or where I first heard about Michael McCreary, but I remember watching a number of YouTube videos of him and just getting the biggest kick out of his personal story, and his comedy. Although it was highly entertaining, it was equally insightful into the mind of someone on the spectrum. Up until this point, Temple Grandin has been a big source for me about how someone with autism thinks. Michael does just as good a job, but comes at it from a comedic angle. I purchased his book for myself a short while back and read through the first half in one night. It's an easy read, and just so entertaining! I honestly can't wait to finish the book. I work at a middle/high school library, and definitely plan on purchasing the book for the school as well. 2 thumbs up! Highly recommended!
5.0 out of 5 starsFunny. I didn't know this would be so informative.
Reviewed in the United States on May 18, 2019
As a Dad of two Aspies (and one NT), I LOVED this book! Michael has a wonderful, light-hearted, and humorous way of helping the reader understand some of the nuances of life on the Autism Spectrum. Certainly not exhaustive- refreshing, in fact- this is not a text book, or medical journal. But there are many helpful anecdotes, along with several clear explanations, that help the reader understand some of the world of ASD. Knowing that some of my kids' "quirks" are actually "a thing" is encouraging; even endearing. Looking forward to seeing more from the Aspie Comic!
5.0 out of 5 starsEasy read! Delightful and Funny!
Reviewed in the United States on July 20, 2019
Love this book. It’s very easy to read, especially for a slow reader, like me. The print is large. I have followed McCreary on Facebook and laugh everyday! His honesty teaches me to think differently. His persistence of intention and dedication to his passions are what have made him successful! Knowing when to ask for help is so key!
I am also ASD. However I didnt realize it until my lovely wife had read a bunch of books trying to figure out why our kids were acting so weird; she said to me, "THAT'S YOU!" No wonder I had so much trouble, and still do, my entire life. It's official, my doctors tell me. At least I don't feel so dumb anymore- I am a professional software developer, and yet I still feel like I am stupid? Michael does a fantastic job of describing what it feels like and what is going on in our heads.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 27, 2019
I bought this book as I’m always trying to understand my own two autistic boys. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, it was hilarious and had me laughing out loud at points. It is a lovely life story and an advocation for autistic people. This young man has done quite a bit already with his life and I really loved reading about his experiences!
5.0 out of 5 starsAn Must-Read on an Important Subject
Reviewed in Canada on June 21, 2019
In this so-called 'Age of Tolerance' many people with autism are still misunderstood and subjected to poor treatment. Michael McCreary's book should be in every classroom, waiting room, police station and library in the world. With easy humor, he writes of his own experiences and provides information and, more importantly, advise, for understanding and navigating the world of ASD, whether your own experience is in your family, in your community, or in the checkout line of your favorite grocery store. It is past-time that we 'neurotypical people' make the changes in our own awareness and actions to embrace the beautiful rainbow that is ASD and McCreary's book is a helpful nudge in the right direction.
5.0 out of 5 starsHighly recommended for everyone!
Reviewed in Canada on May 13, 2019
I have just finished reading, ‘Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic’, by Michael McCreary. From the first page, until the final page I was mesmerized by Michael’s writing. His writing is professional, clear, easy to understand, and touches upon serious matters with light hearted humour. I do believe this is a book that should be read by every segment of the population.
It is very entertaining, but at the same time, it is a great resource book, regardless of neurology. I believe this book should be mandatory reading for every teacher, and educational assistant, educator and employer.
Michael is excellent at making insightful and valid observations on how educators, employers, peers, parents and other family members can improve their acceptance and interactions with Autistic individuals.
Michael covers so many facets of life from childhood to transitioning to the struggles of the teenage years, to becoming an independent adult. Through his stories, the messages he conveys do not while reading seem educational, but on reflection afterwards, the reader realizes that they most certainly are. Michael has been generous in sharing his life stories with the reader.
As a parent of an Autistic young man, I was able to relate to both Michael, and his brother Matty. My son shares traits of both brothers, as I am certain all parents of an Autistic individual would relate to.
It made me laugh when Michael referred to his parents’ quirks, and how putting them together he understood how they had created Autistic children. I do think the same can be said about my husband, and, I believe most parents would relate when reading this book.
I really enjoyed how Michael realized some of Matty’s behaviour was to connect with him, it reminded me very much of my daughter trying to connect with my son.
As much as Michael does not like the adjective, ‘inspirational’ to describe him. I do think he is inspirational. It is not because Michael is Autistic, and successful. It is because Michael is honest, genuine, funny, and so compassionate. Michael is a wonderful human!
If you are going to read one book this year, make it, ‘Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic’. You will laugh, you will learn, and you just might cry.
I think the name Michael McReary will be a Canadian long remembered. I think one day he will receive the Governor General’s award for his accomplishments, for his comedy career, for his writing career, and for his advocacy.
Thank you, Michael for writing such a lovely, heartwarming memoir.
Michael McCreary shares his story on living with ASD in manner that is humorous, touching and straightforward. As a parent and educator of neurodivergent children it gave valuable insight into what it's like in their world. It promotes understanding and acceptance of all people regardless of how our brains are wired. I highly recommend this to anyone, neurotypical or neurodivergent.