The Back to Front World of Azzie Artbuckle

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Your Stories Matter, Jan 31, 2017 - Juvenile Fiction - 36 pages

Azzie doesn't really like school. If she could spend every day drawing, painting and making stuff, things would be great. But she can't. The teachers make her do other stuff. This nearly always means she has to read from the board, a worksheet or a text book. The trouble is, she really struggles to read letters, words and numbers. This makes her feel stupid. But she knows she isn't. If only she could tell someone ...

This illustrated children's story explains what it feels like to be a child who finds it difficult to read. When Azzie discovers she has Dyslexia life begins to get easier for her and everyone around her. This book can be used to thoughtfully discuss Dyslexia and related learning difficulties with children.

This book has been written from the point of view of a child who feels misunderstood. She finds it very difficult to read, which makes school life a struggle. She feels stupid, even though she is clever and creative. She gets told off for messing around, when the truth is she can't do what is asked of her because she has a specific learning difficulty.

This illustrated book helps parents, teachers, and other adults who support children, have a non-threatening discussion about dyslexia with children of primary school age. Children find it easier to relate to, and discuss, the character in the story rather than have all the attention focused on them.

Using the book as a catalyst for discussion, adults can use the illustrated story at home or in school with children who have dyslexia, or exhibit dyslexic tendencies. Teachers can use the book to help classmates better understand their peers who may struggle reading. Similarly, parents can use the book to help children better understand family members.

This book was written and illustrated by someone who is herself dyslexic, and is based on her own life. She wanted to do something to help children who, years later, are still facing the same lack of understanding in school.

As with all of its books, the publisher - Your Stories Matter – aims to help people know they are not alone with what makes them different. If a young person or adult can relate to a story, it gives them hope and encourages them to share their concerns. The publisher aims to provide free teaching resources for all of its books that can be used in schools, to help improve understanding and celebrate differences.

 

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User Review  - Staciele - LibraryThing

Azzie Artbuckle is quite a talented artist and loves to create things. But, what she doesn't love is reading. Every Sunday, Azzie dreads having to go back to school because she just doesn't like ... Read full review

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The pictures are so cool’ ‘It describes exactly how I felt when I was yougner’ ‘You should read it with your mum or dad so they understand, I am 15, for me the book had lots of words so don’t worry if you can’t read the book yourself.’
Joy skinner - 17/02/2017

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Contents

Section 1
9
Section 2
27
Section 3
29
Copyright

About the author (2017)

Elizabeth Montgomery lives in Nottinghamshire, England. She studied a BA in Design at Leicester's De Montfort University, going on to complete an MA in writing at Nottingham University. Montgomery pursued various careers, including teaching, working for the Prince's Trust and designing bespoke shoes for celebrities, before finally becoming a registered nurse. She wrote the Back to Front World of Azzie Artbuckle to help children and adults accept the unique abilities of being dyslexic, instead of being made to feel bad and stupid.