- Age Range: 12 and up
- Grade Level: 7 - 9
- Lexile Measure: 900 (What's this?)
- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Annick Press (March 12, 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1773212575
- ISBN-13: 978-1773212579
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
- Customer Reviews: 167 customer ratings
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #489,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Funny, You Don't Look Autistic: A Comedian's Guide to Life on the Spectrum Paperback – March 12, 2019
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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.
One voice, infinite connections.
There is a civil rights movement happening in the autism community.
Actually autistic voices are finally being acknowledged.
Michael is funny. That will draw you in.
Michael is deep. That will keep you reading.
Buy this book. It's a gem.
It made laugh and also cry and in some moments even relate to Michael's struggles.
Michael is just so brave and kind and funny. You can't get enough.
It is one of those books that you can't put it down!