Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Hail, King Arthur! Long live the King!
Okay, okay, I love this comic series
(graphic novel?) way more than my son does.
But the books have all the components to
make them a hit, and my son just loved
pulling the sword out of the anvil on the stone
at a King Arthur display a few years back.
He really liked saying, "Hail King Arthur!"
Anyway, here's why I think the books good
choices for kids with autism
1 Huge picture support-the comic shows what
2 Clear dialogue-the kids speak like
real kids, and the adults get to the point
3 Clear story-the knights need to win,
(dodgeball, a robot duel)
the horde wants to defeat them.
4 Identifiable with hero-Artie King,
the new kid at Camelot Middle School.
Nothing special about him, except he's
the only one who can open his locker.
5 Nice vocabulary - not too easy or hard.
6 Rhyming Shakespearean metred
7 Knights is a series.
I mentioned last post that a series is good,
your kid can walk in and request more.
Magic Treehouse, Lighthouse Family,
Geronimo Stilton - all are series that
you may want to give a go - check
the archive for more on them.
But even if your kid isn't demanding
more, familiarity may help reading.
Knights is not yet a fave for my
boy, but he mostly gets it and is
willing to read it with me (he's
Hail Cammuso! Long live