Tuesday, June 23, 2009
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
I loved this story because of its uniqueness. It's told from the point of view of Christopher, a boy with autism, as he tries to solve the murder-mystery of his neighbor's dog. What do we learn along the way?
* why 5 red cars means a Quite Good Day and yellow in any form always means a bad day
* how to find the dinosaur constellation
* how to show someone you love them without giving them a hug
Christopher also loves prime numbers, which is why each chapter is given a prime number starting with 2 and ending at 233. I think we all feel we are a little autistic at times, so this detail made me laugh at myself throughout the story. (For whatever reason) when I am in charge of the volume, I never turn it to a prime number. If I was Christopher's mom I'd have to change my divisible number loving ways.
Mark Haddon tells a touching story about family, while opening eyes to the beauty of every mind. And it's illustrated.
This book counts as a book with a "time of day" in its title for the What's In a Name Challenge.