Thursday, February 28, 2008

Book Clubbing

My book club met tonight. I was the host this go around and was a little nervous about it. Not only does the host "HOST" the book club, but they were the one to choose the book for the month and provide the treats for the club. I played it safe and we had a baked potato bar. I baked WAY too many potatoes. Do baked potatoes keep? If so, I'll be eating them for days. The book that I chose was "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time" by Mark Hadon.

I really liked it. It was written as if from the perspective of a boy with Autism. Being that I work with children and some adults who have Autism or Aspergers Syndrome, I found the book very interesting. Basically this boy is investigating the murder of a dog in his neighborhood and in the process reveals some pretty heavy stuff about his family. I think the author did a really good job of writing it in a very black or white way of thinking.

The book is quite an easy read. The chapters are numbered only with prime numbers- this goes along with the boys love of numbers and fascination with them in his life and in the world. We talked about a lot of his behaviors that we found in ourselves. It was interesting some of our own quirkiness we revealed. I would definitely recommend this book to others. It was a little sad in parts, but different and interesting.

The next book we are reading is "The Education of Little Tree"- you are welcome to keep up if you'd like. Hey anyone who has read the Mark Hadon book and would like to tell their feelings- please comment. It can be like an online book club extension!


Mickael said...

Good choice on the book. You kicked this mother off proper. I can tell by all the red lettering on your blog that this will be a really, really good book club.

Kathleen said...

I read it for a classroom management class. It was so we could get a peek into what it's like for people with autism, in case we ever have a student in our class who is autistic. Interesting read.

Breathing said...

this book is wild! it gave me such a sense of horror. imagine not being able to sympathize with or understand the motivations and actions of others!