1. Nicole Kulha
2. This comic book by Keiko Tobe is a story about a boy named Hikaru who is raised by a mother named Sachiko and a father named Masato. This comic book goes through chapters of Hikaru’s life and the episode that he establishes for his family. Hikaru was not a normal boy as he was growing up. He never responded to his name, never looked people in the eye, always cried, was never happy, didn’t learn how to walk at the right age, and he never was able to say mama or daddy at the proper age. Sachiko his mother was very worried about him and had no idea what to do. One day they went to the doctor and the doctor told Sachiko that they that Hikuru was autistic. Sachiko had no idea what autistic meant and did not want to believe her child had this so called “disease”. She had no intentions of telling her husband because her husband would think it was all her fault just like her mother-in-law thought. As time went on the coupled had many issues with the boy. He was always crying and disrupting peoples peace and as Masato said he needed his sleep because he was trying to provide for the family. They finally split up after Masato found out what Sachiko was hiding from him. That there son had autism and she didn’t know what to do about it. This freaked Masato out and he told them to leave so he could get his peace and focus on his work. Sachiko took her child and went to her moms house and tried to get help for her son. He was put into a help group where he was suppose to learn how to deal with his autism and Sachiko was suppose to learn how to help him out. This help group had many other children who were also autistic and Sachiko had a support system she needed to help her son. This whole time she thought it was her fault and the way she raised him thats why he turned out like that. The doctor told her differently, and it was just the way he was born and it happens to the best of us. As time went, Hikaru was getting better and learning to make his mom smile and make her realize he does love her even though he can’t show it like a child who doesn’t have autism. That is just a short summary of what the book is about i do not want to give it all away. This comic book is in Japanese and is written in episode of Hikaru life. From when he was born, to when they found out he had autism, to getting help and going to the doctors, and ending up with being in elementary school. It goes through the process of what an autistic child goes through and the emotions and hard times the family has to help this child get better. No one said it was easy to raise a child with autism, but with great support system you can make it easier for the child.
3. This book is a comic book. It has 510 pages in it, and it is written with caption bubbles and it tends to use a lot of phonetic transcription of sounds, instead of actual words. Many of these words do not actually have a meaning in the English language but i simplify have to use my common knowledge about basic reading and connect the sound effect to what is happening within the comic book. You do have to do a lot of abstract thinking because you have to think out of the box and understand what the author is trying to make you understand. This comic book has no color, all in black and white. You read this book right to left as opposed to left to right as in the English language. Each page in the book has about four different sub categories to it and about three or two people per page are talking. At first I’m not going to lie, it was very hard to get used to reading it but after awhile i just got into the stories momentum and got into it. It has great pictures, and not just simple stick figures. These people have fine detail that the author used and also had some shading that was used in this comic book.
4. The authors purpose in this comic book was to expose the early childhood of an autistic kid. She wanted people to understand the hardships that the child goes through and also the parents. It is not easy growing up with a child who has a disease. You are embarrassed, ashamed, remorseful; your emotions all over the place and you do not know how to handle yourself let alone raise a child. Raising a child without autism is hard enough, now you have to adapt to the life of that child. Staying awake while your child cries, going to get help, understanding the symptoms yourself, and making sure people don’t judge is always hard. People are always going to give there input on how to raise a child, but you have to do you and be confident with the parent you are. Sachiko had a hard time at first dealing with it and letting people get to her. Her mother in law always telling her it was her fault that her son ended up this way, in fact it had nothing to do with her. People are always going to judge, but this book shows the steps in how to get over it and how to get help for a parent and the person who has autism. Also, this book shows that there are great support out there and people who do care. They will help that child with autism out and also educate the parent so they know what they are getting themselves into. Never once did i feel discomfort about learning about this subject, i for one do not know much about autism but it opened my eyes to another view on how people are. Not everyone is perfect, and it just shows there are people out there who are going threw harder chapters in life and we should appreciate the good in our life. Maybe the author had a child who was autistic and decided to get her story out there so other people can learn what she went through so they won’t make the same mistake. She wanted to let people know it is not going to be easy, but in the end if you get help and understand what your child is going through to see them smile in the end is worth it.
5. There are many strengths in this book i like, but if i could pick two it would be the fact that it is a comic book, and the story itself. The comic book is a great idea! It shows pictures so we do not have to imagine everything on our own. Also, it makes it way easier to read. If this were a novel without the comic it would be one long novel to read. I would get bored of it, with 510 pages in the book. But the fact that it is a comic book i am interested in each picture and i am getting the complete understanding from what the author is trying to get at. The pictures were the best part of the book and the noises that the author put on each page. I actually did the noises in my head every time i read them and i do not think i notice i did that until now. I got into the book and what each character looked like and sounded like. My first reaction when i saw it was a comic book was not good. It was not what i expected at all, i thought i was actually going to be reading a book. I told my friends how dumb i thought this was going to be, but the second i started reading it i was so happy it was a comic! Definitely a good pick on my part :) Also, the story line was amazing! When i saw this on the list i do not know why but my eyes went straight towards it. For some reason hearing about and learning about autism interested me. I never read anything educational so i thought it was a good chance to learn more about something i didn’t know about. The story was amazing and it touched my heart knowing that people actually go through this. My life is easy compared to his, and i should learn to appreciate it. Also, another thing is i loved that it was Japanese it was awesome reading it right to left instead of the opposite. It was something i have never done before and it was cool to understand how different cultures do different things. It was an enjoyable book and i got to learn more about the culture. A win win for me :)
6. There were not many things to hate about this book at all but if i could improve it i would probably print it out in color and maybe maybe his childhood story a tad bit shorter and introduce his high school life. I understand that it would be a lot of work to do color, but for me it would be so much interesting to see the book in color and see the color that the culture uses. It is not that it is boring in black and white but a little color would perk it up and spark it up a bit. Also, this whole book basically talks about growing up with Hikaru and his early life and the stages he went through as a child. If the author included his high school life i feel like we would get a much better understanding of what a person goes through with autism. In high school you get kids who tease you, understand you, and ones who don’t even care your alive. It would be way more emotional and we can see how he acts when he gets older and if he comes to realize what autism is. It would also be lovely to his parents and how they grew with experience. It also made them stronger so it would be cool to see where they were when he got older. Maybe they were helping other kids with autism or still just helping there son. Those are the two things i would like to see improve with this comic book.
7. People who have a child with autism should defiantly check out this book! It would be a very helpful tool and resource to use so they know what is going on. It may not tell every detail but it shows the emotions and fear that people go through when they find out some thing like this has happened to them. It is not the end of the world, you can get help and you will get help with doctors and support groups. I would also recommend high school students to read this book. Not a lot of people know the insides of having autism and this book can teach them a little bit about it. It will teach them not to judge people and that everyone has there problems and if we all help each other out it will be much easier for that person who is having a hard time. I can imagine an older couple reading this book and loving it because they would appreciate the little details and emotions and they would tell there grandchildren stories and spread the word about autism. Im so glad i read this book, it gave me a new outlook and i should expand my horizons and not be so closed off.
8. The author Keiko Tobe was a Japanese manga artist who wrote josei manga. She won an Excellent Prize for With the Lights. She also inspired a television drama. She made The Three Ghost. She didn’t have many books or anything else but what she did was quite good and she made her name known with the book i just read.
9. 4/5 :)