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"Chicken Boy: The Amazing Adventures of a Super Hero With Autism" is a book written by Gregory G. Allen and illustrated by Dennis Culver. When we open the book, we meet a young man who tells us that he has a superhero inside his head that he calls Chicken Boy. Chicken Boy comes out whenever the boy eats chicken fingers, ketchup and french fries. The boy explains that he has autism, which is a fancy word for him living inside his own brain. Isn’t that a great definition that other kids would be able to understand? When he turns into Chicken Boy, he yells, “Bahcaaaaaah!” which he realizes sometimes disturbs people around him. He explains that he sometimes can’t handle loud noises either and has to run away from them. The boy continues to explain ways in which having autism makes him different and how it is hard for him to make new friends and talk and play with others. He encourages kids who might meet someone like him not to be scared, but to just take time to get to know him.
This short little book is easy to read and would be a good one for a teacher to read to a classroom in order to help kids understand what autism is. The illustrations are fabulous! Full of bold colors, they are larger than life, just as illustrations of a superhero should be. It is hard for kids to understand sometimes why some people are different and this book gives them some answers.