Armond Goes to a Party

ArmondGoesToAPartyArmond Goes to a Party: A Book about Asperger’s and Friendship

Nancy Carlson, Author and Illustrator, and her friend Armond Isaak

Free Spirit Publishing, Fiction, Apr. 15, 2014

Suitable for Ages: 5-9

Themes: Asperger’ syndrome, Autism Spectrum, Friendship, Socialization, Coping

Opening: “You can read any time,” his mom said. “But parties make me nervous,” Armond said. “What if balloons pop?” “And parties are disorganized. I don’t like when things are disorganized.”

Synopsis: Armond has been invited to his best friend Felicia’s birthday party. Instead of being excited, Armond is anxious and worried. He recites all the reasons about why he shouldn’t go. The party may be too noisy.  He may feel invisible and lonely. And, he always plays basketball every Saturday. Armond’s mother reminds him that Felicia will feel sad if he doesn’t attend.  After all, Felicia is his best friend, doesn’t care that he has Asperger’s, and talks all the time about dinosaurs. Armond decides to attend the party. With the support of Felicia and her mother, he is able to make it through the party and have fun.

Why I like this book:  This is a realistic and humorous portrayal of what it’s like for a child with Asperger’s to socialize with other children. The story is inspired by Armond Isaak, who participated in Nancy Carlson’s writing classes when he was seven years old. The author was inspired by Armond’s stories about his life with Asperger’s syndrome.  When he approached her a few years later to help him turn his stories into a book, she agreed.  The book is about learning how to cope in situations where you are uncomfortable, learning to be a better friend and realizing your aren’t alone. Nancy Carlson’s illustrations are vivid, colorful, emotive and include diversity. Armond’s facial expressions are priceless. This is an excellent book that offers helpful coping advice to  children on the autism spectrum and for those who care about them. This is an ideal book  for classrooms.

Nancy Carlson is an accomplished children’s book author and illustrator who has published 65 children’s books.

Armond Isaak is now 14 years old and in middle school. Besides reading books, he loves Legos, acting, and playing the trumpet. He is also a proud Boy Scout.

Resources: There is a note for parents and teachers at the end of the book with suggestions about helping children make friends, learn social skills, and encourage empathy.  Armond shares his thoughts about living with Asperger’s syndrome with the hopes it will help other kids.  You may want to visit Nancy Carlson’s website for more information and a video of Nancy and Armond being interviewed on television.

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About Patricia Tiltonhttps://childrensbooksheal.wordpress.comI want "Children's Books Heal" to be a resource for parents, grandparents, teachers and school counselors. My goal is to share books on a wide range of topics that have a healing impact on children who are facing challenges in their lives. If you are looking for good books on grief, autism, visual and hearing impairments, special needs, diversity, bullying, military families and social justice issues, you've come to the right place. I also share books that encourage art, imagination and creativity. I am always searching for those special gems to share with you. If you have a suggestion, please let me know.

30 thoughts on “Armond Goes to a Party

  1. You have high-lighted another great resource book, Pat. All kids should have a book that reflects and validates their feelings.

  2. Oh, I can so sympathize with Armond. I have an anxious child, and birthday parties were often overpowering. We are lucky that he has outgrown some anxieties, especially those related to birthday parties.

  3. It’s good for children to be exposed to others who have issues (health and otherwise) and are unlike themselves. This book looks like a good option for helping children understand and sympathize with them.

  4. I’m glad to see a book featuring a main character with .Asperger’s. It’s important for other children to understand them better. This book could be the basis of a good family discussion.

  5. You always have such great books, Pat, and this one is no exception. It looks like a book that would be equally valuable for kids who are on the spectrum and need to know they’re not alone and for kids who aren’t on the spectrum so that they can understand a little better what their friends might be going through. Thanks so much for sharing this one!

  6. Oh! What a great book! I have many friends who happen to be on that autism spectrum. A young man with autism illustrated my book! This book has a sweet back story as well as the book story. Thanks for sharing Ms Tilton!

  7. Patricia – this sounds WONDERFUL. My son is on the spectrum, and a year younger than the inspiration for this book. I may just have him read it – after I do, of course! Thanks for sharing!

    • Oh yes, and this particular fellow wrote a wonderful story called Tomatoe and Pea, which has a heavy bullying theme that is resolved at the end! Should have made that connection. Cough! Cough! 🙂

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