For the first time in a long time, I read a book that is nearly perfect. And that book is called Knees: The Mixed-Up World of a Boy With Dyslexia, by Vanita Oelschlager.
The author has written a wonderful story about eight-year old Louis, a boy with dyslexia, a learning disability. Louis (whose nickname is Knees) is aware of his problem and gives excellent age-appropriate descriptions of the ailment and how it affects him at home and at school.
This is a well-written book with great illustrations. I enjoyed seeing Louis take the advice of his father and work toward finding something he’s good at doing, while actually raising his self esteem.
The plot/goal of this book is right on cue for children grappling with this problem. They will see themselves in Louis, and see ways to overcome their disability.
The strength of this book is the dialogue, which rhymes, by the way. The weakness I see is the limited population of readers, although children with other disabilities might benefit from reading and learning about others in the world who struggle to get through each day. The main reason to buy this book, of course, is to get help for a child with dyslexia. It would also be good for classrooms, day care situations, and schools for children with special problems. In fact, the writer is a former teacher, and could see the great need for this type of information in a classroom setting.
I give this book a rating of 5 STARS for the age appropriate dialogue and illustrations.
Until the next review,