Top positive review
My son loves this book!
Reviewed in the United States on March 23, 2017
I got a bunch of social skills book to help my ADHD/Aspergers 9yo son. This one is one of his favorites! He has been working on "personal space" on several different fronts with his therapies, and so this is a familiar thing to him. He loves to hear more about it and is excited that he is learning to be better about personal space.
Contrary to some other reviews, I did not find the teacher's "cranky voice" to be a problem. Face it, all teachers have a "cranky voice", and kids will immediately identify with it. As a matter of fact, I think this book helps make it clear WHY a teacher *might* use a "cranky voice". Sometimes with ADHD or Aspergers, kids do things impulsively and do not understand why the teacher seems frustrated or upset. This book directly relates careless behavior (knocking other kids over, waving hands in other kids faces) with a teacher who sounds a little frustrated. This will help the kids to link them in their mind...maybe at school, if they happen to hear a "cranky voice", they might check to see if they violated someone's personal space. I don't think it's unfair to write a book that reflects what a child might experience in everyday life. Personal Space is a topic that *does* make people "cranky" in real life, so I think it's helpful to link "cranky voices" with a violation of personal space. I think overall the tone of the book is one of patience, with occasional "cranky voices" when the boy has trouble controlling himself.
I did think some of the references to things in space were a little hard to grasp for kids who are not already interested in space, but those references were brief and easy for kids to ignore if necessary. I personally found the book a little wordy and long, but my son enjoys it and has asked for it to be read several times, so that must mean it's effective and getting it's message across! Happy I purchased it.