Wednesday, September 1, 2010


G Is for One Gzonk!: An Alpha-number-bet Book

People with autism often take the world literally.
Why then, does my son delight in nonsense?
Probably for much the same reasons other
children do: 
Nonsense words are fun to read and say, 
nonsense pictures are amusing,
nonsense is new. 
And my son loves new.
I also think nonsense has a couple of advantages
that my son feels more strongly than do children
without autism: 
He understands nonsense just as well as I do. 
Nobody expects him to understand nonsense
or questions him about nonsense.
Tiny DiTerlooney’s (aka Tony DiTerlizzi)
G is for One Gzonk charmed him, though
he is far past needing “an alpha-number-
bet book.” Each page tells a story of 
some ridiculous creature and the 
pictured boy artist who travels through
the book claims to have created the 
entire miscellany, except for when
the numbers (Onesie, Twosie, and
Threesie) invade and want to start
all over from the beginning.
I am a bit nervous about reading this
very complicated nonsense to 
my four year old, but for a child 
secure in their letters and numbers
and with no self-consciousness about
reading a kiddie book (a description
of many kids with autism) this 
book provides a great romp.

-Spectrum Mom

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