Spaghetti is NOT a Finger Food and Other Life Lessons

Spaghetti is NOT a Finger Food and Other Life Lessons


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Being eight, Connor knew a lot. He knew that Mrs. Winters did not like to be interrupted, but he was sure she would appreciate his fact-finding methods—and who wouldn' t want to know more about geckos? He knew he needed the new library book, "More All About Dogs," more than Jane needed to keep sitting on that stool—and he only nudged her off so he could reach it. On a day when everything seemed to go wrong, Connor turned out to be the only one who could save the school from a dog-caused Code Yellow!

Told from the point of view of a child with Asperger Syndrome, author Jodi Carmichael highlights some of the challenges—and triumphs—of experiencing a day at school from a different perspective.

Heartwarming, funny, and charmingly illustrated, Spaghetti is NOT a Finger Food is the winner of four awards: The Mom' s Choice Gold Award; The Moonbeam Best First Book Award; The Professionals Network Recognition of Merit; and The IBPA Benjamin Franklin Silver Digital Award.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781939775030
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 04/01/2013
Pages: 152
Sales rank: 1,025,416
Product dimensions: 7.25(w) x 6.25(h) x (d)
Lexile: 790L (what's this?)
Age Range: 7 - 10 Years

About the Author

Jodi Carmichael was born and raised in Manitoba, Canada. She loves reading, writing, summers at the lake, and knows almost everything about chocolate! Her dreams of becoming an author began to come true when she attended her first SCBWI conference in Los Angeles in 2007. She was thrilled when her submission was nominated for the Sue Alexander Most Promising New Work Award. Jodi is a strong advocate for Asperger's Syndrome which led to Connor and his adventures in Spaghetti is NOT a Finger Food and Other Life Lessons. It is her belief that understanding brings tolerance, acceptance, and compassion for others. Jodi lives in a big yellow house in the heart of Winnipeg. There she can often be found dancing in the living room with her two wildly imaginative daughters, her patient and supportive husband, and a scruffy Border Terrier named Zoe. She continues to write, give presentations, and talk about writing to whoever will listen.

Sarah Ackerley, grew up in Waxahachie, Texas in a family of seven children. Her parents had a reputation for giving books as gifts for all holidays—Valentine's Day included—and so Sarah had no choice but to read them. Fortunately, she loved to read and she developed an early fascination with picture books that she never lost.After earning her BFA from the University of Texas at Austin, Sarah began pursuing a career in children's book illustration. She developed her style by looking at hundreds of picture books and constantly drawing character sketches. She currently owns more picture books than regular books and will probably keep it that way as her Amazon shopping cart somehow keeps filling up with children's books that need to be purchased.Sarah lives in Los Altos, California with her husband and two fickle cats. She divides her time between illustrating books and creating whimsical paintings and portraits for kids of all ages. Visit Sarah on the web at

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Spaghetti is NOT a Finger Food and Other Life Lessons 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
This was such a cute read!  I don’t regularly read children’s novels but Spaghetti is Not a Finger Food was a total exception. It was funny, sweet and would have definitely interested me way back when I was a kid. Spaghetti is Not a Finger Food is about a little boy named Connor. Connor loves dogs, math and has Asperger’s syndrome. Apart from all of that Connor is just trying to get through the day and get viewed as cool by his peers. We get to see the average school day for Connor which consists of dealing with a rule-loving gym teacher, a gecko named T-Rex hiding in a radiator and learning how to deal with social norms. At the end of the day, Connor learns that he should like himself just the way he is. I know a bit about Asperger’s syndrome but now much. The only reason I know even a little about it is because for school I did read the novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon so I did have a brief idea of what Connor’s way of thought would be. There’s a lot of misconception about Asperger’s and how some people view it as a disease when really it’s just an alternative way of thinking. Jodi Carmichael does a really good job of portraying Connor and making his adventures laugh out loud funny (at times) and realistic. Spaghetti is Not a Finger Food is a very well-written story considering that it is for children. I still enjoyed it and I’m fifteen. Spaghetti is Not a Finger Food  is lighthearted and fun, some of the things that Connor says just made me smirk like “True Story!” at the end of certain sentences in the middle of very tense situations. It just made the story all the more humorous. There are also illustrations by Sarah Ackerley that I liked (oh I’ve missed picture books!) that gave certain parts of the book imagery and added to the story. I would recommend Spaghetti is Not a Finger Food to people who want to educate their kid about Asperger’s in a very fun way, readers who are interested in a cute read and to anybody interested in a very well-written children’s chapter book. I loved it.
MomsChoiceAwards More than 1 year ago
Spaghetti Is NOT A Finger Food And Other Life Lessons is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom’s Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS’s Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author and; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom’s Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.