Cover Image: Knees


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This book has a great message of perseverance. The boy finds his one thing he is good at doing and this gives him motivation for things that are harder for him. With dyslexia being an issue for many kids these days this is a great book for them to relate to. Also the illustrations are crisp and fresh and very well done.
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This book was so adorable, I loved everything about it, the illustrations were so well done, they suited the book perfectly, the story was amazing as well, even thought is very short I could really connect with the characters and feel theirs struggles.
I’m sure the kids are going to be just as enthralled with this amazing book as I was. 
I will definitely recommend! 

Thank you netgalley and the publisher for this early copy
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Adorable book!  Love the illustrations!  Would highly recommend.  Hope there will be another by this author. Just adorable.
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Written and presented in a format that can be read even by dyslexic people (and other reviews confirm the same), this book is an age appropriate introduction to dyslexia. It shows the various struggles that a dyslexic person goes through as well as gives examples of famous dyslexic people. With its simple text and drawings, it imparts information and the knowledge that we can each shine in our own way!

Thanks to NetGalley for the digital review copy of the book
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I really enjoyed this book., it is educational, fun and appeals to not adults and kids alike. I read this with my son shortly after he was diagnosed with dyslexia and we both found it helpful.
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"We're all good at something. You just have to find it'

I loved Knees, and it's not just because I'm a 33 year old who is a sucker for a book that rhymes. I thought the illustrations were simple yet fit the story and vibe of the story. I always love that there are so many messages and take-aways from reading a childrens book that you aren't expecting- picking up a book titled 'Knees' I would not think that I'd dive into a story about a little boy who has Dyslexia and still shows humor & perseverance with the help of friends, family and his teachers. While I was expecting the outcome to be directly related to the dyslexia, I liked the overall message about finding what you're good at, trying and practicing against all odds.
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KNE3S is a book about a boy, Louis the Third, who is in the 4th grade. It is not about his knees but about his dyslexia which he describes as a “mix up between eyes and brain” such that his words come out backwards, like this-SDRAWKCAB. Except that not only are the letters in reverse order, but the letters are also backward. When you see a b, he sees a d.
Obviously, this makes functioning in life difficult, especially reading and writing, even talking. Fortunately, he has parents, a teacher, and friends who understand and support. 
In this book we don’t learn much about the condition of dyslexia, but the author shows us what it is like to live with dyslexia. He learns the key to living with dyslexia is finding an activity he is good at. And after trying several activities, he finds a surprising one he excels at.
You might be surprised how many hyper achievers have dyslexia- Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Walt Disney just to name a few that are mentioned in the book. 
The illustrations are simple pencil sketches that portray Louis almost as a comic strip character; the strong clean lines keep Louis from getting lost in detailed color pictures, keeping us focused on him and his daily struggles with dyslexia.  Louis is the star of this book. 
I reviewed a digital PDF copy of the book provided by the publisher and NetGalley but the author explained the hard copy was printed on cream colored paper to be easier for people with dyslexia to read. 
This book is fun, entertaining, educational, and inviting to kids and adults.
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I thought that this book was excellent.

The story is simple and easy to follow and that is what makes it so good.

The book covers the topic of dyslexia and it can be read by those diagnosed with it, or those that have friends with it who want to know more about it if it affects their friend.

I loved the message from the dad in the book and how positive it is.

It is 5 stars from me for this one - very highly recommended!
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A story of a little boy, Louis, with dyslexia. First of all I found the illustrations super cute.  The book has a powerful meaning. I recommend it to every parent and every child that cope with dyslexia because it explains in a fun and entertaining way what dyslexia is and how it affects people lives. "We are all good of something. We just need to find it",
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I can see much value in this book. It's great for understanding and accepting dyslexia, for both kids and adults alike. It also has great illustrations that are just crying out to be coloured in!
My thanks to Netgalley, publisher and author for the opportunity to review a digital copy.
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I really appreciated this book explaining dyslexia and showing a young boy who has it. I also enjoyed his basketball journey, and showing that limitations don't have to limit you from your goals. Lovely illustrations!
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It was a sweet story about a boy with dyslexia who struggled in school. He eventually find that he is talented in basketball and practices all summer so he can join the team at school. 

The pictures and easy to understand language makes it a perfect book for children whether they have dyslexia or not. It shows how, if you put your ind to it, you can achieve your goals. It also shows that  you are not your weaknesses or disabilities and that those things shouldn't hold you back.
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Knees starts off well explaining dyslexia and how dyslexic brains work and why kids with dyslexia may struggle with tasks that are easy for neurotypical children. Then the book makes a gear shift and turns into a tale about a boy trying to find something he’s good at, which turns out to be basketball and where he is given the nickname “knees” of the book title. This felt like two distinct stories as there wasn’t a good transition or clear tie-in between dyslexia and the need to be really good at something.
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Thank you to Netgalley for allowing me to read this copy.

This is a book about Louis the third. A boy who has dyslexia. I think it's incredible to have literary writings allowing others an insight of how people with dyslexia or other disabilities live. 

It's a great lesson and is a good read for many readers both younger and older. We truly will never full understand how people feel in their daily lives feeling like they are different and working 10 times harder to keep up with their peers.

I am really glad I had the opportunity to read this book.
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I just loved this book! It's got a great message about dyslexia, but it's also got a great message about finding what you enjoy doing. I loved it! Our main character has dyslexia, and he helps the reader understand what that is and how it impacts his life. He also talks about trying to find something he is good at and enjoys. When he does find it we learn that there's always a chance to find MORE things that we enjoy doing and are good at. I thought it was such a great story. My son and daughter enjoyed this. The illustrations were great, and they perfect for the story!

I would highly recommend this one for any child in preschool through middle elementary.

I was provided a gifted copy of this book for free. I am leaving my review voluntarily.
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This is a picture book disguised as a chapter book about a boy who has dyslexia and how it affects him.  While that part is good, I didn't really like the book overall.  First, I did not like how it said dyslexia was a gift, and I would think that most kids who have it would not see it as one.  Secondly, his father said he should find something else he was good at.  While that is good advice, I didn't like that sports was the alternative, especially one he was instantly good at.  Most dyslexics are good at seeing how things connect and identifying similarities so they excel in science, math, and visual representations.  That is what should have been highlighted instead of basketball.
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Oelschlager has created an optimistic and accessible introductory account of what it is like to experience dyslexia as a child.
The main character, Louis (the Third), is in the fourth grade, and he struggles with every aspect of school. He blames his dyslexia. He explains what dyslexia is and isn't, what it affects, and describes many of his frustrations with it.
With the help of one of his teachers, Louis starts to find the positive parts of his diagnosis. He even finds out that many famous people, both now and throughout history, have also had the same diagnosis. Louis talks through his feelings with his mother since she is the person who understands him the most. We meet his closest friends, who also support him.
One day, Louis notices a talent he has even though he has dyslexia, and it becomes his favorite pastime. He practices and practices until he gets so good at it. In the end, well, you can read to find out!
There are two intentional accessibility features included in physical copies of Knees, one of which also applies to e-book versions. It is presented in the font Lexia Readable, a specially designed font for people with dyslexia. It makes letters and words easier to distinguish even when dyslexia may cause scrambling or incorrect processing. In hard copies, the story is printed on cream-colored paper, which limits both contrast and the ability to see through to what is on the other side. Both of these considerations are simple and not cost-prohibitive ways to be more inclusive of all readers.
This book is based on the true-life story of Lou Salza, the Head of Lawrence School, where the net profits of the book are being donated. In exchange for an honest review, I received an advanced copy courtesy of VanitaBooks, LLC, and
"We're all good at something. You just have to find it."
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I was expecting something a bit different, but it was cute. I thought there would be some puns and that more of this book would be connected to dyslexia, but no. It was hardy mentioned and not at the center of the "plot". I also didn't get the random change in fonts to make some random words stand out.
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As an educator I appreciate books designed to explain learning disabilities and promote self affirming positive practices.  The illustrations were nice.  The concept of comparing knees to a disability was cute.  

I understand why the technique of rhyming is encouraged in children’s books, particularly in a book geared towards children that probably struggle with reading, however when there are missteps in the cadence or what appears to be words thrown in just to make it happen, it can be disconcerting.  I admit I am a bit over sensitive on this, so it may not trouble most readers.  

I appreciate VanitaBooks and NetGalley allowing me an advanced look at this book in exchange for an honest review.  .
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Thank you for the opportunity to review a free copy of this book in exchange for honest reviews. I will post them to Goodreads and here.

I think this was a cute book! I really, really enjoyed the illustrations (especially the page where he is shooting hoops and the cute little animals are watching. Too adorable!). I think this is a great message in the book. I have a sibling with dyslexia, so I have seen the frustration and insecurity that this brings in academic settings. The same thing goes with the normal feelings of trying to find something you are interested in and decently skilled in (hobby wise). He tried various things til he found basketball and enjoyed it. 

Cute book. Nice illustrations. Easy to read.
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