Uniquely Wired: A Story about Autism and Its Gifts ~ Book Review

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Title: Uniquely Wired ~ A Story about Autism and Its Gifts
ISBN:  978-1944882198
 Author: Julia Cook | Illustrator: Anita DuFalla
Price: $9.30 Paperback
32 pages | Grades: Kindergarten - 4
Genre: Children’s Literature

Zak is obsessed with watches. Before that, it was with trains. He owns hundreds of watches and is quick to tell everyone everything about them. Zak also has autism, so he sometimes responds to the world around him in unconventional ways. As Zak describes his point of view, young readers gain a better understanding of his behaviors and learn valuable lessons about patience, tolerance, and understanding. Grades K-5.


This was my first book that deals with autism. It is a children’s book with the intent of educating children about the struggles that other kids deal with each day. After reading it, I am honestly and enthusiastically recommending it, as it encourages compassion and understanding for those who need it the most. Uniquely Wired introduces you to a little boy named Zak who has Autism. Throughout the book, Zak explains that when he is really into a subject which he loves, such as watches, he knows anything and everything about them. He understands how the hands move, he knows how the gears turn just by hearing them tick, he knows all there is to know about them.  When he loves something, he lives and breathes it. He also shares with you how Autism effects his relationships with other people. He doesn’t like others to be in his personal bubble but sometimes forgets about other peoples’ boundaries. This creates issues for him every day. 

Zak has coping mechanisms to deal with moments that make him struggle. He likes to flap his arms really fast, it helps him calm down. Yes, it may look like he is very hyper, but it is one of his methods that he uses to calm himself. Then there will be a little area where someone will thank Zak, for sharing his gifts with them or way of thinking with them. Compassionate individuals understand how deeply personal this is for him, and beneficial his perspective can be for our developing society.

In the back of the book, there are tips which are great for parents and teachers or anyone who wants to grow their understanding of how to become a better companion for someone with Autism. I really love #9 Celebrate the Wins. This is very important because some things such as fastening a seatbelt or getting dressed may come easier to many children, but can be difficult tasks for those who struggle with Autism. These moments are so important to celebrate. Encourage them and let them know they are awesome for what they just achieved. This book is so amazing to help educate children on other's that have Autism. 

About the Author: Julia Cook, a former educator and school counselor has written many books for children, including the popular I Just Don t Like the Sound of No!, Making Friends Is an Art! and That Rule Doesn't Apply to Me! Among her many awards, Julia has received the Association for Educational Publishers Distinguished Achievement Award, and her books have been honored by The National Parenting Center and Mom s Choice Awards.

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  2. My nephew is on the spectrum and I would love to get this book for him.


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