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My six year old son and I really enjoyed this book. We laughed a TON. Whoever made the illustrations should be a comic book writer.
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While this book is marketed as a chapter book, it is not a chapter book. It's the size of short one, but it's more like a picture book with black and white drawings and a rhyming sentence on each page.

The book is about a boy who has dyslexia and feels like a failure at everything. It explains briefly that letters seem backwards to him and that words seem mixed up. It also says that he's been told to see his dyslexia as "a gift" but not really why. The boy is bad at lots of things (that have nothing to do with having dyslexia, so I hope children don't get the impression that they do) and finally finds out accidentally that he's really good at basketball. It also mentions about 10 famous people who supposedly had dyslexia (George Washington, Einstein, etc.).

It also doesn't appear that the book was written in a dyslexia-friendly font, which would have been helpful. It was printed on cream paper, supposedly to make it easier to read.

Ultimately, this just felt like a very generic book and a missed opportunity. It's nice to know that proceeds go to a school, but parents of kids with dyslexia might want to keep looking for more helpful and encouraging books.

I read a digital ARC of this book for the purpose of review.
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As society, especially school systems, become more educated on Dyslexia, the need for books like this becomes more pressing. The awareness component for children is especially important. I appreciated the elementary level explanations, as this can be challenging for children to comprehend. I almost felt like the second half of the story did not match the first and I wished the explanation of Dyslexia and school based experiences continued. However, this is a book that should become a staple in classrooms.
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Dyslexia is a problem facing so many children today. Many feel so lost and like no one else knows what they are going through. This book will be great for those children so they do not feel so alone.
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This rhyming story describes what it's like to live with dyslexia through the eyes of a young boy who has it. I could see this book in classroom libraries to help children who have dyslexia understand that they aren't alone and can succeed with a little additional help. The rhyming makes the story flow and I like the simple yet impactful storyline that shows children & readers that seeing the world differently does not mean you're alone.
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"Knees" centers around a boy with dyslexia who feels out of place in his world.  This book serves so many purposes.  Not only does it help a young reader comprehend what dyslexia is and how it affects someone their age but it will also help someone who is dyslexic by showing them there is hope and understanding waiting for them.
The author provides so much valuable insight into how a dyslexic student feels but the message here can apply to everyone.  Once the main character finds he excels in basketball and realizes his potential, he is comforted and ready to pursue his dreams.  All young readers will be able to identify with this theme..A great book to have on elementary school shelves!
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Thank you #Netgalley for the early read. I will definitely hand this book to students and parents who are dealing with a dyslexia diagnosis.
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"We are all good of something. We just need to find it", great words for a dyslexic kid, who feels sad because he cannot do things like his friends. Great book with a great lesson for us. 
Thanks Netgalley and the author for this book.
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This is a wonderful book about a boy who has dyslexia and sees the world a bit differently. This is a perfect book to read to kids who need a little encouragement and support along the way. I would highly recommend this book to others and definitely have it in my classroom!
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I found this book to be very helpful while reading it to my 10 year old son. It helped him to understand what dyslexic was and how to help someone that has it. Very good book that every school should have and Library.
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Louis is in the fourth grade.  He is a typical boy and Louis enjoys going to school. The problem is that sometimes school is not easy for Louis.  He has a “mixed-up brain” that often sees things differently than the other children and even adults.  Louis has dyslexia.  No matter how hard he tries, words look backwards.

The illustrations in the book do a good job of showing the difficulties of someone with dyslexia. 

Sometimes, when Louis writes, reads, and speaks, the words get twisted and turned around.  A “b” will look like a “d.”  When someone speaks, the words can get garbled and difficult to understand.  Louis needs extra time to get his work done. Luckily, Louis has a special teacher to helps him learn.  She is understanding and patient.

Louis learns he is in good company with his condition. Lots of other famous, successful people were p/are dyslexic as he is. 

Louis dad tells him that everybody is good at something, and he just has to find it. Upon this revelation, Louis explores hobbies until he stumbles on the one where he is really good.

I liked this book because it takes the reader right into the classroom.  It shows the things Louis faces, what challenges him each day, and how he manages to deal.  The reader glimpses Louis’ home life and his need to find something he is good at, just like other kids.  Louis just wants to be a normal kid.  He has encouraging parents, a couple of great friends and, by books end, a new gained confidence in himself and his future.  

As a 40 year veteran teacher I feel the book is a little too rosy, but on the other hand I feel it serves a good purpose of getting the point across that dyslexia is real and can be dealt with. I want all children to experience the book for understand and empathy
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This heartwarming book is first person about a boy who has dyslexia.  The rhyming storyline keeps the reader (or audience's) attention.  Children realize that they are not the only one who struggles with dyslexia. The author goes beyond describing the obstacles and shares a victory that everyone really is good at something.  This is an encouraging book to share with kids and adults alike who feel held back by learning struggles.
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What a super cute book explaining dyslexia and then helping each child realize that everyone has different talents and potential.  I read it with my son who has ADHD and he really enjoyed it.  We also have a child with autism and it eased into a conversation about how everyone has different challenges in life.  These challenges sometimes makes things hard, but they also come with gifts and skills that others don't have.  My daughter with autism is a very gifted artist and has an amazing memory.  It was great for him to recognize that just because certain things are hard, it doesn't have to define us.  I really enjoyed this book and it's subject.  Very uplifting, great illustrations and a quick and easy read for everyone in our family.  I will definitely keep watching this author.
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Succinct and fun to read! My son really enjoyed knowing that there are others like him out there who share this diagnosis.
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Quick  read with some really good views on the life of a boy with dyslexia.  Was a cute inspirational illustrated book that brings awareness of a condition that affects a lot of people. It provides an insight into the kind of problems dyslexic people faced growing up.
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Louis is a little boy with has dyslexia and not a dyslexic boy.

I know in my profession  of speech-language therapy that we always have to keep in mind the person and not the disorder. And it's so hard when you have something as impactful as dyslexia, where you feel that every day is a screw-up.

And that's all that this little book is about. It focuses on the person and not the dyslexia, while giving children with learning disabilities understanding, empathy and hope.

Louis has dyslexia and is having difficulty finding something that he is good at in life. This book is lovely and very well illustrated. My boyfriend (who struggles with dyslexia) mentioned that this book would have meant so much to him as a child. It provides a little utopia where Louis gets help and understands his disability. More than anything children need something to relate to. This book will also help the child (and misinformed parents and teachers) about dyslexia.

Another plus to this is that rhyming is involved, and rhyming is an integral skill that children need for reading (this is the speech therapist in me talking here, so bear in mind)

This book also has a lot to do with finding your passion in life - and this is something anyone can relate to. When it comes to a child with dyslexia, they are often told they are stupid and cannot achieve anything in life. Louis goes through development in these few pages where he finds something to love while still working on his dyslexia so that he may succeed in school.

But the point of the book is why you feel frustrated is so accurate and relatable. You are not stupid and not slow. You are wonderful. And to any child or adult with a learning disability, you are wonderful. You are worth the world, despite the ups and downs you face.

I recommend to this to teachers, speech-therapists, parents and children with dyslexia and many, many others who wish to broaden their understanding through a fun little book.
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“I have dyslexia, 
I’ll try to explain.
Things get mixed up
Between my eyes and my brain.”

Another thoughtful addition to the libraries of parents and teachers to help children with dyslexia.

Oelschlager produced the hard copy on heavy cream-coloured paper to reduce show-through and minimise contrast, and to make it more comfortable to read for people with dyslexia, she chose a font called ‘Lexia Readable’.

The pencil drawings have been similarly designed to be clear. Having said all of those things, those of us without dyslexia will just note that it’s an attractive, easy-to-read, easy-to-understand book for all kids (and adults!).

The narrator is a schoolboy who’s pretty frustrated that where his friends see b, he sees d, and that he often not only sees but even says things backwards or inside-out. 

Although though his parents and teachers have helped and told him about many famous people who had dyslexia, including Einstein, he still feels inadequate. Dad says he will find something he’s good at, so he investigates. 

[My Goodreads review shows the illustration of him searching like a detective for something he’s good at.]

One day, he finds a basketball in the park and chances a shot at the hoop. WHOOSH! Nothing but net! What a surprise! And again!

[[My Goodreads review shows the illustrations of him finding a basketball and testing his skill.]

He plays basketball at school and is nicknamed “Knees”, for his knobbly knees. Now that he’s accidentally found one thing he likes, he thinks about something he’s always wanted to do. Be a pilot! He says his teacher will help him with reading and math.

That’s the spirit! Confidence!

Thanks to NetGalley and the author for the copy for review from which I’ve pinched the illustrations. And special thanks to the author for producing so many good tools for schools. Her books are all Read Now on NetGalley (as far as I know).
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Great book.  The illustrations appealed to my child and the message was fantastic.  We all are different and even though something may be difficult for us and easy for others doesn't mean we aren't great!  This book would be great as an introduction to dyslexia for a child with friends or classmates with dyslexia as well.
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Knees is story of Louis the Third, who suffers from Dyslexia. How he goes in and out of daily routine.
This book reminded me so much of ‘Taare Zameen Par‘ an Indian movie that has beautifully shown world the problem of children’s with Dyslexia.

The book, is beautifully illustrated that is what kids will love about it. 
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I loved this book for tackling another very important message that isn't discussed very often in children's  literature. Everyone is different, and some people learn differently. This book is about Louis the Third, a young boy who suffers from dyslexia. He struggles in school, and finds that letters and numbers often get all jumbled up for him. The book touches on how many famous people had dyslexia, and they were still able to become successful.  He doesn't like to be any different from the children in his school, but one day his father tells him that everyone is good at something. Louis the Third really wants to be good at something,  so he keeps trying new things, and one  day finds that he is great at playing basketball. His new found love for basketball helps him deal with his dyslexia. 

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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