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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Bradley and his dog, Stimmer, have inherited some pretty magical powers. Bradley, now Autismic, must save his community from an evil baddie, Routine Raider, who’s messing with time on the village clock and putting the entire community into confusion, chaos, and disruption. In Alastair Thomas and Jenny Lisova’s Autismic and Stimmer, a young boy with autism and his dog, also autistic, are bequeathed some superhuman superpowers. Kind, caring, and adventurous, the duo sets out on a superhero mission. This young autistic duo is in no way handicapped, but rather they are enriched with a powerful magic that makes them stronger and more resilient than those around them.
Alastair Thomas and Jenny Lisova’s picture book, Autismic and Stimmer: Masters of Neurodiverse, highlights the power of differences and how one can achieve so much by just believing, and with a little bit of magic and imagination. The story is partly told in rhyming verse, in simple language so young readers can easily follow along. The plot begins with Bradley receiving his magical superpowers and how his first mission unfolds. The illustrations are bright, bold, and colorful and add another fascinating dimension to the story. In this conflict between good and evil, evil has met its match as the good, demonstrated so aptly in the autistic duo, overpowers the evil. I love the way the authors have highlighted the gentle nature of this autistic boy, and how his gentleness is magic in itself. The bond between the boy and his dog is emphasized in how the two communicate with one another. A great, adventurous read.