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It’s Raining Cats and dogs by Michael Barton review

Written on 16th Aug 2014 by Alex Lowery

Yesterday I read “It’s Raining Cats and Dogs: An Autism Spectrum Guide to the Confusing World of Idioms, Metaphors and Everyday Expressions”. This book was written by Michael Barton who is a Public Speaker with High Functioning Autism. The book goes through the difficulty those on the spectrum often have with understanding figurative language. Michael talks about a lot of the expressions that he’s had problems understanding in the past.51Jp31K8ePL._SY443_BO1,204,203,200_


I thought this book was simply fantastic! He not only explained that he took things literally, but also why he took things literally as well. He gave a really good insight, and it even helped me understand myself a bit better. It’s also extremely easy to read, and rather funny. He said that one thing that helped him remember expressions was to draw a picture of what an expression literally means, and have the actual meaning below the drawing. He said this helped him a lot! A lot of these drawings are featured in the book, and a lot of them really made me laugh! One of his drawings is below


Some of my favourite idioms in the book are ‘toast the bride’, cry your eyes out and changing your mind. I’d highly recommend this book to anyone! If you have autism yourself, it can help you feel less alone and understand yourself better, if you are a parent or carer of someone with autism, it can help you understand your child better. Even if you’re just someone who doesn’t deal in the world of autism at all, it could help you gain awareness and an understanding that you didn’t have previously. Even children could have a good time reading it! My 12 year old sister is proof of that!




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  • Autism Cymru
  • Chester University
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  • Welsh Government

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