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Funny, You Don't Look Autistic

Funny, You Don't Look Autistic

A Comedian's Guide to Life on the Spectrum

Book - 2019
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"Like many others on the autism spectrum, 20-something stand-up comic Michael McCreary has been told by more than a few well-meaning folks that he doesn't "look" autistic. But, as he's quick to point out in this memoir, autism "looks" different for just about everyone with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Diagnosed with ASD at age five, McCreary got hit with the performance bug not much later. During a difficult time in junior high, he started journaling, eventually turning his pain into something empowering and funny. He scored his first stand-up gig at age 14, and hasn't looked back. This unique and hilarious #OwnVoices memoir breaks down what it's like to live with autism for readers on and off the spectrum. Candid scenes from McCreary's life are broken up with funny visuals and factual asides. Funny, You Don't Look Autistic is an invaluable and compelling read for young readers with ASD looking for voices to relate to, as well as for readers hoping to broaden their understanding of ASD."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Toronto : Annick Press, [2019]
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781773212579
1773212575
Branch Call Number: 616.85882 M132Zm 2019
Characteristics: 169 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm

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McCreary was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder when he was five, but that didn't slow him down. He knew at a young age he wanted to be a performer, so he landed his first stand-up gig at 14 and he hasn't stopped since.


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shokolit May 08, 2021

An anecdotal memoir of a high functioning autistic guy, who lives in Ontario Canada. The book tells of the experiences that led him to become a stand up comedian. Its somewhat amusing, very light read. For me, it was too fast paced. However, overall it was a nice book.

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Angelkels
Apr 27, 2021

Such a fun, good read! His description in to his autistic-life is very easy to understand. He’s funny and free-spirited way of life is great!
Rated 5.5/5 stars!

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 13, 2020

I enjoyed this book as it provided me with newfound knowledge about the autistic community. Michael McCreary did a good job explaining many things about what it’s like to navigate this modern world as a person with autism directly through a person with autism’s point of view. It opened my eyes to some new things I’ve never known about people with autism. I really enjoyed how In-depth he went on some topics like extreme sensory and stimming. My big takeaway was that us neurotypicals should definitely be respectful and more knowledgeable of people with autism as they have gone through more than we know. I definitely would recommend this to people with and without autism as everyone should have an awareness about this disorder. @Kia of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

There is only one thing that separates this book from other autism books, but it is a very big thing. Unlike other books about autism, Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic isn’t about autism, people who have it, and strategies for coping with it. Instead, it’s about the life experiences of someone who has autism, how he sowed with the disadvantages of it, and how he excelled because of it. It’s taking a serious topic and having some fun with it, all the while respecting autistic people and their friends and family. It educates others, and it tells others that they are not alone and that while some things might be more of a challenge for them everything is going to turn out all right. And for that, I can’t give it anything other than a ten out of ten.
@R2-D2 of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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writermala
Apr 20, 2020

Michael McCreary has written a poignant yet funny account of his life as a person with autism spectrum disorder. He starts off at his diagnosis as a child and goes on to relate how he became a stand-up comedian. McCreary warns us that this book does not tell us what autism is or why it happens but we do get a very good idea of what it feels like to have it. This is a young man who has turned a drawback into something positive and told us about it. A must read for anybody.

ReadingAdviser_Lori Apr 14, 2020

This informative and entertaining book was written by a Canadian stand-up comedian. McCreary shares his life's journey which leads to a greater understanding of those on the autism spectrum. He has a website with information about autism and further musings on autism.
https://www.aspiecomic.com/

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Linyarai
Apr 10, 2020

I read this thanks to the Big Library Read, and I thought it was a great pick. It was funny and interesting and educational, perfect to sit down with for an afternoon.

ArapahoeDax Apr 07, 2020

This was funny, clever, and informative while never striving to be the last. I haven't seen any of McCreary's stand up but I will certainly be looking for it now.

SPL_Robyn Apr 01, 2020

The Big Library Read initiative is here, right now! Your library card connects you with readers around the world with the same book at the same time without any waitlists or holds. The memoir, Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic

is the latest in a series of always available e-book titles, made available through SPL’s Overdrive site. From now until April 23, limitless copies of this memoir are free to borrow with your library card. What’s more, from home you can join the digital book club and also explore additional author content. Find it ALL here : https://downloadlibrary.overdrive.com/

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iloveseaotters
Mar 29, 2020

I honestly didn't find this book funny at all. I appreciate the author's honesty in finding humor in his autism but I wasn't amused.

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Frankster1
Sep 01, 2019

I recommend this book to anyone who knows they are, or thinks they might be, on the Autism Spectrum--which covers a lot of ground. There were so many YES!! moments for me reading this, and I'm in my 60's.

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SPL_Robyn Apr 01, 2020

Like many others on the autism spectrum, 20-something stand-up comic Michael McCreary has been told by more than a few well-meaning folks that he doesn't "look" autistic. But, as he's quick to point out in this memoir, autism "looks" different for just about everyone with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Diagnosed with ASD at age five, McCreary got hit with the performance bug not much later. During a difficult time in junior high, he started journaling, eventually turning his pain e into something empowering—and funny. He scored his first stand-up gig at age 14, and hasn't looked back.

This unique and hilarious #OwnVoices memoir breaks down what it's like to live with autism for readers on and off the spectrum. Candid scenes from McCreary's life are broken up with funny visuals and factual asides. Funny, You Don't Look Autistic is an invaluable and compelling read for young readers with ASD looking for voices to relate to, as well as for readers hoping to broaden their understanding of ASD. - Overdrive Team

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