Wednesday, September 7, 2016

DANIEL ISN’T TALKING by Marti Leimbach

DANIEL ISN’T TALKING by Marti Leimbach
Marti Leimbach, Daniel Isn’t Talking (Anchor Books, 2006).
Available in hardback, paperback, Kindle, Nook, Abridged audiobook, and in Spanish.


Recommended by Barbara Penrod Andrey

I recently reread Daniel Isn't Talking by Marti Leimbach. The book starts out with a young family with two children. The youngest, Daniel, is three years old and not talking. His mother, Melanie, has noticed a few more traits that have her concerned. Her husband, Stephen, is unconcerned saying he is just being a three year old. Melanie pushes and starts taking him to different doctors to voice her concerns. She finally gets a doctor to fully evaluate her son and receives a diagnosis. Daniel has moderate autism.
The book focuses on the struggles a mother goes through in order to properly take care of her child. The good and the bad. Melanie never gives up hope and keeps researching and seeing new doctors. She learns about play therapy and through this method is able to hear Daniel finally talk and learn to interact with others.
My son may not have autism but he did have a moderate speech delay and slight delays in other areas. I understand the struggle when your child can't say his or her own name. This book gives hope to any parent who has a child with a delay. I recommend this book to anyone whether they have a child with autism or not. This book is also great if you want some understanding of what it is like for a parent, friend, or family member who has a child with autism or developmental delay.

Sunday, August 21, 2016


Jeff Kinney, Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series, No. 1; Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2007), 224 pages. 

Hardback, paperback and audio versions of this book and the set are available.

Reviewed by William Shey, age 7

Diary of a Wimpy Kid is very, very funny.  I just finished the series.  I liked it because it was funny.  I think a lot of others would like it and I liked it.  Once again, by William Shey.