Sure to strike a chord with other day trippers on the autism spectrum, A Different Kettle of Fish is a recent addition, from England, to the "misconstrued idioms" bookshelf.
During a trip to London, taking in tube announcements, guitar shops, and the Science Museum, Michael Barton explores and explains the confusing "neurotypical" world of contradictory signage, hidden meanings and nonsensical figures of speech. For example, "I'm looking at the solar system display when I hear a child close by shouting at his mum, to which she replies 'No need to bite my head off!' I've heard of laughing your head off (to laugh a lot) and even biting your tongue (to be quiet) but biting someone's head off puts a rather more vivid picture into my mind!" His quirky and comic illustrations bring to life the journey from the comfort of his familiar university surroundings into the hectic bustle of central London.
"Michael Barton has--once again--produced a beautiful and funny book, with his own fresh perspective on the bizarre idioms of the English language, rendering them more comprehensible to people on the autism spectrum. His attractive illustrations break up the text and the result is a gem of a slim book."--Simon Baron-Cohen, Professor of Developmental Psychopathology, Director of the Autism Research Centre, University of Cambridge
"As a fan of Michael's first book on idioms, I was very pleased to read his latest work. In this new book, we accompany Michael, as he journeys through a typical day in his university life. It is simply delightful; as interesting and informative, as it is amusing. The content will make it a huge hit with most children on the spectrum, but for me, as the mother of a young man with ASD, it is the glimpse of Michael's successful life that makes it so compelling. From judo to guitar playing to student status, Michael is truly cool and my only beef with this excellent book is that it came to an end far too quickly!"--K.I. Al-Ghani, special education teacher and trainer, author of The Red Beast and several books relating to special education for children and adults
'This book is easy to read, with lots of pictures. It offers an insight into the thought processes of a person on the spectrum, which many others will be able to relate to. It gives readers the opportunity to be made aware of how everyday language, both spoken and written, can be confusing and ambiguous, and how this can affect a person trying to navigate the world, but that the right environment can allow a person to thrive."--Robyn Steward, autism trainer, mentor, consultant and author of The Independent Woman's Handbook for Super Safe Living on the Autistic Spectrum
Michael Barton is a final year student studying physics at the University of Surrey, UK. He gives talks to a wide range of audiences about his experiences of being at the high functioning end of the autistic spectrum, emphasizing the positive aspects and relating these to the traits that scientists exhibit. Michael is an accomplished musician. He is president of the University Judo club and is a keen rock climber.
72 pages. 2014