Talking is not my thing
This little sister might not use words, but she’s got plenty to say! Narrated through thought bubbles, this energetic book invites readers into the day of a nonverbal girl with autism. She has so much to do—games to play, spaghetti to eat, and a missing stuffed animal to find! Sometimes life can be noisy and overwhelming, but something new is always around the corner. Talking isn’t the only way to make a joke, ask for Grandma’s help, or surprise your brother…
Illustrated in bright colors, Talking Is Not My Thing is a joyful portrait of neurodiverse family life.
Rose Robbins is the author of Me and My Sister (Eerdmans), a companion to Talking Is Not My Thing. She has a Master of Arts in children's book illustration from the Cambridge School of Art and was a runner-up for Hachette UK's Carmelite Prize in 2017. Rose grew up with an autistic brother, an experience that informs and shapes her writing. She serves as an ambassador with Inclusive Minds, an organization that promotes quality representation in children's literature, and she has written and drawn extensively about neurodiversity issues. Rose lives in Nottingham, UK.
“Robbins winningly celebrates the unconditional bond between two animal siblings in this sensitive, matter-of-fact depiction of neurodiversity. . . . Employing bright colors and childlike slice-of-life drawings, Robbins successfully portrays a loving family dynamic that takes everyone’s needs into account.”
The Horn Book Magazine
“Thick, loose-lined drawings imbued with cheerful color offer a family portrait that normalizes autism and celebrates love and connection. Pair this with Robbins’s Me and My Sister for another slice-of-life story, told from the brother’s perspective.”
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