Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

 I heard about this book several years ago. It's written from the perspective of a boy with high-functioning autism. That is really more the story of this book than the plot-line is.

Maybe it's because I have worked with autistic kids and have attended many seminars on the subject, but I found the book to be fascinating. It really gives insight on how the minds of autistic kids work.

 The main character, Christopher, is very literal and takes everything at face value. That is part of the charm of this book though. It begins with Christopher finding a dead dog on the neighbors front yard. He is determined to solve the mystery of who killed the dog and write a book about the experience.

The characters in the book are very real--full of fault and people who make mistakes, just as we all do. I really enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it for your next read.

1 comment:

  1. Have you read House Rules by Jodi Picoult?? It sounds very similar, except the male lead has Asperger's Syndrome. After reading HR, I had a totally new perspective on children with AS. Definitely an eye-opener...You should check it out!