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Book Review: A Boy Called Bat

A book called A Boy Called Bat, which features an autistic main character and his new pet skunk

This book is perfect for children aged from 7-11. It is a story about an autistic young boy and his determination to keep a skunk as a pet.

Toria has reviewed this beautiful story, A Boy Called Bat.

The illustrations add to the story and help the reader to understand and envision the characters. The story offers a too rare perspective on being autistic and gives beautiful insight into the way some people think and process the world. It also shows how autistic children may present to the world, often written off as awkward or difficult. An insight like this helps children to develop empathy which is a crucial part of growing up.

The story itself is brilliant. Bat’s determination to keep his new pet skunk is admirable and the story is utterly absorbing.

BAT has a sister, who is not autistic. The story shows how this can impact on family dynamics. And how they adapt and manage to make it work. Every family is different and giving children insights into the lives of other families helps them to realise that there is no such thing as normal.

Through Bat’s unique perspective, you learn about his parent’s divorce.

I would fully recommend this brilliant story to all children. It’s a really readable story,  and beautifully told. And you can buy a copy here.

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Don’t want to stop at A Boy Called Bat? Don’t worry! This one is part of a sequel! Next comes Bat and the Waiting Game, followed by Bat and the End of Everything. Just generally want more from author Elana K. Arnold? Click here to visit her website.