Unintentional Humor is a lite book written by Linda Gund Anderson. It's a book about the humor caused when the literal mind encounters an often figurative language - standard vernacular English.
Each page features a comical drawing inspired by Brent Anderson, Linda's adult son. I think it's safe to assume Brent is on the spectrum. It's the thoughts, the images, that have come to his mind throughout the years that are the inspiration for this book. Without him, Unintentional Humor wouldn't have been possible.
This book is a joy to read, to be sure.
It's not laugh out loud funny, but it's definitely humorous and fun to read. It has more pages than you'd expect, which is nice, and I found that I couldn't put it down. It's a bit like reading the funny pages of the local newspaper, but each comic has an autistic twist to it. That's a twist that I can relate to, having a child with autism myself.
Unintentional Humor is easy reading, thankfully. Soooooo many books on autism are NOT easy reading. I don't think doctors know how to write a book that's easy to read. I call it doctor talk. They learn how to talk over your head and use big words. It's all the more suitable this book was written by a parent! (On a side note, talk over your head and use big words are two more expressions that could be used in Unintentional Humor. We use figurative language without even thinking about it.)
A common expression in my house is "pooped out." It's not rare for my wife or myself to say that we're pooped out. What we mean is we're tired. We're pooped. Same thing. I think we can all picture what the literal mind would probably see regarding someone being "pooped out." And it's probably good this isn't one of the expressions used in the book. Haha!
I encourage you to pick up a copy of this book. Support our fellow parents! Visit UnintentionalHumor.com to learn more about Linda and Brent and to buy their book. And check out that Celebrate Autism van painted with huge colorful puzzle pieces. Gotta love it! I'll bet that gets people's attention on the road!
How many figurative expressions come to your mind? Getting carried away. That was sick! Drop a dime. I'm sure I'll use several expressions today without thinking about it. Celebrate the literal mind!
For the sake of being upfront and transparent you should know that I didn't buy this book. It was given to me. Still, you should check it out. It's a great little book to read and it can also be used to help others gain an understanding of how the literal mind works.
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