Reviewed by Mary
Adventures of One Sock: The Lion, is the first in a series of books written by Roy Ruiz about his son Racer, who has Autism. Racer is a little boy who is preparing for his first day of school, and he is very excited. His dad walks him to school, on the way they pass a house with big metal gates. There is a shadow behind the gates, and when Racer looks, what does he see but a lion!! His dad tries to convince him it wasn’t a lion, but Racer is adamant “He’s large and very hairy like Mr. Phillips next door!”. All Racer can think about at school is the Lion, and he tells everyone he meets about it. On the way home Racer is frightened that the lion will eat him, so his dad walks on the other side of the street, and lets Racer hide in his sister’s stroller to keep safe. That afternoon all Racer can talk about is the lion and how its going to eat him up – he tells his mum, his brother and sisters, the mailman, a dog that walks past, and even Mr. Phillips.
Racers dad decides to take him for a walk, and brings a book along; Racer is so busy concentrating on the book that he doesn’t notice where they are until they approach the gates. Racer is petrified the lion will eat him, but his dad introduces Mr. Anderson who lives in the house. Mr. Anderson tells him the animals name is Ralph and Racer says Ralph’s a funny name for a lion !! He explains that Ralph isn’t a lion but is really just his big hairy dog. At first Racer is unconvinced but his dad shows him the book -its a dog book and there is a picture of a dog just like Ralph! Racer is relieved and not scared anymore, although he still thinks Ralph looks like Mr. Phillips and he giggles about it all the way home.
This is a cute story, well told, and the illustrations really bring it to life. This book celebrates the unique perspective of a child with Autism, but at the same time it is a story that non-autistic children can relate to also. The first day of school, and facing your fears and anxieties are things all children have to deal with, and here it is done in a light hearted and entertaining way. My daughters comment was “that was a nice story mummy and I really liked the ending”. I would recommend this book as it is an entertaining read, a good way to talk to children about facing their fears, and a celebration of a boy’s special perspective on life.
Mr. Ruiz has written a second book: Adventures of One Sock: My Pal Rodger, which is due to be published later this year, and he has plans to turn both books into iBooks. I’m looking forward to it, you can read more about it by visiting The Adventures of One Sock blog or kickstarter page.
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