3rd Grade is AUsome – Angela Williams
The introduction of the Kindle and it’s corresponding marketplace back in 2007 completely changed the way we access fiction and non-fiction. It also created a way for amateur authors to get their work out and into the public eye. If you’ve been following this blog for a while – you will have noticed that these kinds of books appear quite regularly in my review list – they’re at times a nice contrast to the more expensive, traditionally published books. The problem with all of this is that the quality of writing that you get can be hugely variable. The world of autism books is no different with loads of autistic people and parents of autistic children, and autism professionals throwing their books into the Kindle arena. There’s a significant amount that are just not worth reading.
This book had a spelling mistake (banded instead of banned) and countless grammatical errors on the first page. I understand that it is meant to be written from the point of view of a third grader (8-9 years old) but unless your book goes all out with the idea that it’s written by a child by including child-like handwriting and cute but horribly proportioned and misshapened drawings then you do not get a pass for that. Grammar and spelling matters – especially when it’s so bad that you have to keep going back to make sense of what you’re reading.
This lack of proof reading can lead to some sections like this:
He quickly went to his room, grabbed his red and black basketball and ran to the car. His mom followed behind him carrying is shit and shoes in her hand and sped away to the gym.
As you can imagine – it’s quite jarring and just doesn’t look professional at all.
In terms of the actual story – it’s a mess. The basic storyline meanders confusingly which seems like quite an achievement when you consider that the book is about 15 pages long. There doesn’t seem to be a point to the story, and it certainly doesn’t match up to the brief description that’s on Amazon. You don’t learn much about autism and you don’t get the view of autism from the point of view of a child. Combine that with the fact it’s not well written and there isn’t really any point reading it.
No – even if it only takes you five minutes it’s still not worth it.
Value for money?
Free on Kindle Unlimited – I suppose curiosity alone might make it worth downloading. Certainly not worth the £2.25 asking price for digital though.