I Don’t Like Reading Synopsis: Meet Harry. Harry likes to play football, climb trees, and hang out with friends, but Harry doesn’t like reading. That is until his teacher explains that Harry has dyslexia, which makes things like reading and writing particularly hard for him – and with help from his mum, teacher and an educational psychologist, Harry learns specific strategies for reading with dyslexia.
This delightful picture book for children aged 5-11 includes tips for reading with dyslexia and lovable, supportive characters who show that it’s ok to discuss dyslexia and to seek help when needed.
I Don’t Like Reading Review
I Don’t Like Reading was very well done. Written from the point of view of a boy in the intended age-range, it talks about why he doesn’t like reading. It’s accessible and easy to relate too. I can only imagine how many kids out there ‘don’t like reading’ for exactly the reasons mentioned in this book.
The author does the wording in such a way that you really do get a glimpse of what it feels like to be dyslexic. The first page this happened on, I ended up re-reading it because I didn’t really understand what I was seeing. The second time, it was clear what she was doing. It is a shock to the system, and makes you feel bad for people who do suffer from dyslexia. The illustrations of the little boy are simple and well done. The primary draw is the words on the page, just as it should be.
I like that she also took a moment in I Don’t Like Reading to emphasize that people can be successful even though they have dyslexia. Steve Jobs is an excellent example. I kind of wish she had spent a little bit more time on that, but considering this book is aimed at younger readers, it’s understandable.
Overall, I think I Don’t Like Reading was very well done. I’m happy she gives positive reinforcement to those suffering from dyslexia to let them know that there is help out there. And also that people want to help them, and won’t make fun of them or anything like that.
- Title: I Don’t Like Reading
- Author: Lissy Clarke
- Pub. Date: August 21st, 2017
- ISBN13: 9781785923548
- Rating: 5 out of 5
- Source: I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley for review consideration.