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Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism 2014-10-20

A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism

  1. Brent
    Ron Suskind
    Book Type:
    • Hardcover
    • Digital
    • MP3 / Audiobook CD
    Imagine being trapped inside a Disney movie and having to learn about life mostly from animated characters dancing across a screen of color. A fantasy?A nightmare? This is the real-life story of Owen Suskind, the son of the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind and his wife, Cornelia. An autistic boy who couldn't speak for years, Owen memorized dozens of Disney movies, turned them into a language to express love and loss, kinship, brotherhood.The family was forced to become animated characters, communicating with him in Disney dialogue and song; until they all emerge, together, revealing how, in darkness, we all literally need stories to survive.

Recent Reviews

  1. Coupe
    Version: 2014-10-20
    Loved this book! I love how Owen's family embraced his special interest in Disney films and would actually act them out/become his favorite characters in order to help him feel safe in/understand the world around him. As a child, I loved it when my parents would pretend to be my favorite animated characters, like Doc from the Seven Dwarfs, Mushu from Mulan, etc. The only disheartening aspect of the book, as far as I could tell, was Owen's family's discouraging of his stimming behavior, which they referred to as "silly." It was a bit sad to read that during stressful periods of Owen's life when stimming was needed, he would keep himself in check by keeping his hands at his sides and chastising himself with "No silly!" Other than that, I would recommend this book highly to everyone. :)