One of the greatest things about books is that they transport the reader to other places and times. They also allow the reader to become someone else, and in turn, learn how to empathize with someone different from themselves. This is one of the reasons I am LOVING reading A Boy Called Bat with my 6 year old. Not only is Bat’s family dynamic different from ours, but his autism is perfectly portrayed for children and adults alike. Those that know me know I can be pretty critical when it comes to writing about someone with special needs because of my education as well as family situation. I highly, highly, highly commend Elana K Arnold on her description and interpretation of Bat and his diagnosis.
This is such a sweet story about a boy who wants to keep a baby skunk, or kit, as a pet.
Has anyone else read this book yet? What are your thoughts?