• Sun, May 25 2008

My Goldfish Ate My Cat and Two More Books

My Goldfish Ate My Cat offers a “turn the tables” story about a fish that yearns to “season and devour a feline.” That’s quite a conceit in and of itself—-further, the book’s author is 11 year old. As noted in C-Health, Alexandre Lynch has Asperger’s Syndrome. The book has already sold some 80 copies.

My son is 11, too, and I’m not sure if he’ll ever write out a story—he’s not a book kid, but a music-and-motion guy—-though he’s certainly makes each day a good story. I’ve been working on my book about Charlie full-heartedly: Here’s two more new books about raising an autistic child that have recently been published:

The Accidental Teacher: Life Lessons from my Silent Son by Annie Lehmann of West Bloomfield, Michigan, whose autistic son Jonah is 25.

See Sam Run by Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe of Argyle, Texas, whose autistic son Sam is 20.

It’s the stories of actual experiences and of peculiarities, of specifics, that I’m most drawn to in any account about autism. With each detail comes a bit more of a picture of the person who inspired the writing, and of something familiar to our own life in which some unexpected things—like that goldfish making designs on the cat—-have been known to happen.

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  • http://autismspectrumdisorders.bellaonline.com Bonnie Sayers

    I just ordered the other day this book:

    Dasha’s Journal: A Cat Reflects on Life, Catness and Autism

    I doubt I could get Nick to read it, but he really enjoyed All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome.

    A great cat series that has nothing to do with autism is called Warriors – warriorcats dot com

    My son has read them all and cannot wait for the next ones due out in June. The other series is called The Seekers and about bears.

  • http://autismspectrumdisorders.bellaonline.com Bonnie Sayers

    Looks like 100% of the proceeds of the accidental teacher is going to Autism Speaks. We are contemplating getting the cat ate the fish book since it is inspring Nick to think about the comic book he wrote – Ricky the Shark.

  • http://www.autismvox.com Kristina Chew, PhD

    Saw that—–Lehmann notes in the interview I linked to that her autistic son has taught her much and that is a point I know is true for me.

    On cats—-also the book about all cats having Asperger’s…..

  • http://theasman.blogspot.com theasman

    What alex plank ever do for autistic rights? all he ever did was to hit on girls on wrongplanet by making them admins then demoting them if they rturn not so pretty

  • Synesthesia

    Might be a bit off topic but I tried to send you an email about a book I read recently on autism in the form of a manga (comic book) from Japan.
    It’s called With the Light and it’s really good. It even had some decent ideas that should be tried over here. It should be at Borders or Barnes and Nobles in the manga section and it was a very heart-felt potrayal of autism.

  • http://autismspectrumdisorders.bellaonline.com Bonnie Sayers

    I saw that Manga book at Barnes and Noble, but passed on getting it. Will look for it next time I visit the store.

  • Synesthesia

    It’s really good. It starts off a bit rough though, but it gets better.

    Just try not to read it at the bookstore unless you want folkls to see you get all misty eyed over it.

  • http://www.omegabt.com Chantal Beaulieu Lynch

    Dear Kristina,
    It is a joy to see the article on my son Alexandre (Beaulieu) Lynch the 11 year old autistic author of “My Goldfish Ate My Cat!” on this website.
    His book had brought a smile on many faces and given Alexandre a sense of contributing to society in some way. We have sold almost 100 copies and will be writing our first cheque to the Autism Society (ASEA) in a few weeks during their AGM. Together we can make a difference and bring smiles and hope in the lives of those around us. For more information on the book please visit http://www.omegabt.com. Thank you.

  • http://autismspectrumdisorders.bellaonline.com Bonnie Sayers

    We got Dasha’s Journal in mail today, along with the sea world Nintendo Do game since it is hard for Nick to get on computer for that game so I offered an alternative to him, but he wants to get on computer to do games and we only have one that works.

    The book jacket says:

    “People with autism are often compared to cats. How do cats feel about people with autism? Dasha gthe cat found herself in a family with a child with autism. In her journal she provides a fresh outlook on autism – from the feline perspective.”

    Turns out Nick is interested in reading this book and could probably get to it before me as my stack is too large at the moment. I never heard of the comparison of kids on the spectrum to cats, except for the all cats have AS book which he likes too.

  • Alex

    Bonnie writes: “I never heard of the comparison of kids on the spectrum to cats,”

    You seem to be a beginner in the field. Quite a few autistics authors like this comparison. Have you read anything by Donna Williams? She calls autistic people ‘cat people’, and non-autistics – ‘dog-people’. There are many other examples, but I do recommend to start with Donna Williams’ and Temple Grandin’s books.

  • http://autismspectrumdisorders.bellaonline.com Bonnie Sayers

    To Alex – I am not a beginner to autism. It has been ten years for me. My two sons are on the spectrum, ages 13 and almost 12.

    I have read one book from each author you mention, Thinking in Pictures and Nobody Nowhere, but many years ago. I have loads of books, but as a single parent and one is being homeschooled I have little time of late to read.

  • http://www.autismvox.com Kristina Chew, PhD

    Anyways, a fish would be the best comparison for my son.

  • http://autismspectrumdisorders.bellaonline.com Bonnie Sayers

    That does seem to fit your son. I have always described my kids as the next Jack Hanna and Carl Lewis.

  • http://autismspectrumdisorders.bellaonline.com Bonnie Sayers

    I got an email about the book after I had purchased it and indicated this is where I learned of the book.

    The book arrived today, very fast and we did a review just now on it. I included one of Nick’s drawings of cats in it as well.

    http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art57164.asp

  • http://autismspectrumdisorders.bellaonline.com Bonnie Sayers

    I got the book today and reviewed it with my son Nick. I guess the post is in moderation since I gave the link.