Isaac and His Amazing Asperger Superpowers! by Melanie Walsh

Isaac and His Amazing Asperger Superpowers!

Written by Melanie Walsh
Illustrated by Melanie Walsh

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Isaac tells us he has superpowers that make him different to his brother and the other kids at school: it’s an effective and positive way to explain Asperger’s to young children. For example, Isaac says that as a superhero he has lots to think about, and though he tries to remember to say hello to people he knows, he might forget – but he’s not being rude. He tells us too that he feels scared when he looks people in the eyes, but his dad has taught him to look at people’s foreheads instead. The approach, and the bright, friendly illustrations make this an excellent book for starting discussions about autism and will help children and adults too understand more about the condition. ~ Andrea Reece


Isaac and His Amazing Asperger Superpowers! by Melanie Walsh

A groundbreaking picture book, described by the National Autistic Society as "delightful ...full of positive messages", which explains Asperger's Syndrome in a simple, gentle and positive way to very young children. Meet Isaac. He's a superhero! He might look like everyone else, but he has a kind of autism called Asperger's. Inside this book he'll tell you all about what it's like to have his Asperger superpowers. An essential book for anyone wishing to understand more about Asperger's Syndrome.


"This is a delightful book which will appeal to young children. Full of positive messages, and big bright illustrations it will help the whole family to appreciate both the challenges faced by children with autism, as well as their 'superhero' strengths, and gives some simple strategies for building on each child’s abilities." Director for the National Autistic Society's Centre for Autism

"This book is a valuable first step in the journey of self-awareness of the Asperger’s child.” Clinical endorsement from the Programme Director of Aspire at Massachusetts General Hospital.

About the Author

Melanie Walsh

As a child: I was born at home in Bushey Heath. As a child I used to spend a lot of time 'making things'. Sometimes when I was very little my mum would go into the kitchen only to find the contents of cereal packets poured into various bowls around the room as I had decided that I needed them for one of my projects. She didn't mind this though as she thought it was really 'creative'! I won my only art competition at school when I was nine. It was a picture about pollution.

As an adult: I did my foundation at Harrow School of Art and then went on to do the Illustration course there. Afterwards I went on to do the MA Illustration course at the Royal College of Art. When I left the RCA I worked as a textile designer and sold my first six designs to Agnes b for babywear. I soon found myself designing quite a lot of textiles for the children's market. A few years later I tried my hand at writing and illustrating a children's book which was published in 1996 just after the birth of my twin sons.

As an artist: I love working at home in my studio. It looks out onto the garden and I can see our guinea pig hutch just outside the window.

Things you didn't know about Melanie Walsh:

1. At home we have a guinea pig called snowball. He has very long hair and we have to cut it in the sumer to keep him cool. Sadly his brothers have recently died.
2. I have been vegetarian for 23 years.
3. I wanted to be an architect when I was young and drew building plans for fun as a child!
4. My favourite children's books are by Richard Scarry, Ed Emberley, Paul Rand and Taro Gomi.
5. I like to hear the sound of the washing machine when I'm working.
6. I hate dusting, vacuuming and tipping the kitchen waste bin into the compost. I try and avoid these things as much as possible. It also means that my partner does them quite a lot.
7. I am terrible at spelling. I now know all about dyslexia as my son has it. Unfortunately I didn't get any help at school but you do now.
8. I love films by Wes Anderson.
9. My favourite colour is grey.
10. I enjoy making and decorating cup cakes.

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 3


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Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

1st February 2016




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