Understanding Oscar


Children - Educational
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 06/10/2021
Buy on Amazon

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Amy Louise Hill for Readers' Favorite

Understanding Oscar by Jade Chapman is an informative and beautiful story for children. The book shows brothers Banjo and George getting to understand their other sibling, Oscar, and friend, Nala, who each have autism, but not in the same way. Oscar can't talk and sometimes unintentionally upsets and annoys his brothers, but that's because they don't understand how Oscar is different, or why. Nala on the other hand can talk, is sensitive to loud noises and bright lights, and likes things done in a particular way. The story progresses and eventually, Banjo starts to look at Oscar differently and begins to understand him and his way of being. If you need a helping hand when it comes to explaining autism simply and effectively, then purchase a copy of this outstanding book; Understanding Oscar.

Talented author Jade Chapman has done an amazing job of showing and explaining autism in a way younger children will understand. The story is relatable to real families who have one or more children with autism, and how it can affect their siblings/other family members. This book is well-written and includes perfect examples of how to educate people, not just children, on how autism can be different in everyone, and how to interact with them. Through personal experience, I have learned about autism first hand, and until that point, I didn't understand it and what it meant. If I had had a book like Understanding Oscar, I would have been greatly informed and prepared for the condition. I can't recommend this book enough as I found it to be extremely beneficial, and the illustrations will be a big hit with young ones! So even if your family doesn't include a member with autism, please still educate and inform your child so that they can grow up with an understanding of it. Amazing work, Jade, keep it up!