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All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  2,955 ratings  ·  314 reviews
All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome takes a playful look at Asperger Syndrome (AS), drawing inspiration from the feline world in a way that will strike a chord with all those who are familiar with AS.

Delightful colour photographs of cats bring to life familiar characteristics such as sensitive hearing, scampering at the first sign of being stroked, and particular eating habits
Hardcover, 65 pages
Published October 15th 2006 by Jessica Kingsley Publishers (first published October 4th 2006)
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Jan 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I have said this for years: this book, beautifully illustrated, managed in few pages and simple text to make me laugh, stir up memories, make me nod in recognition and even choke up. It catches the full range of asperger "flavor"-sweet, smart, funny, unique, and, sometimes, painfully poignant. ...more
May 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Okay, I did not know what to make of this book when I saw it on the table at a recent book sale, but cat lover that I am, how could I pass it up for 50 cents?

The book is just 65 pages, but not only does the book have great photos of kittens on every page but there is something to be learned by each photo and how the various cat photos relates to Asperger's Syndrome. The book begins by showing a sleeping kitty and telling how the first signs of Aspergers are usually picked up very young.

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Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
Oh yes. Cats have many of the traits of Asperger Sydrome children, though I don't agree with some of her comparisons. For example, Hoopmann says, "He likes to be near those he loves, but doesn't want them to hold him,..." Well, some cats are like that, but others stick to you like velcro and enjoy being held. On the other hand, the part about "When people talk to him he may refuse to look at them" is dead on. My cats do that if I'm yelling at them or asking who knocked this or that over--suddenl ...more
Rebecca Hicks
Nov 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
A nice book, a very cute and warm way to look at Aspergers.

My main complaint is that it doesn't take into account differences between different individuals with Aspergers. It over generalizes. For instance it states he doesn't want loved ones to hold him. That may be true for some individuals, but their are many children with AS who really really love to be held, who are actually clingier than most children.

It also states that the first signs of Aspergers are detected when the person is very yo
Aug 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Adorable! The kitten pictures are beyond sweet and funny. It does prove that cats have Asperger's, and so does my husband LOL.

Beyond the entertaining value, as previous GR members have pointed out, the book can assist parents and, possibly teachers, of children on the Spectrum. Besides helping parents, I believe it can help the children themselves understand that we are all different, which is really a great thing.
Apr 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
appropriate for adults with Asperger's as well as children. It does seem true that Aspies do prefer cats to dogs because cats aren't "in your face".Well done and surprisingly comprehensive. My husband was willing to read it, and had a revelation about himself. This after 38 years of marriage... ...more
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. Highly recommended to families, classrooms, parents who are considering looking for a diagnosis... and ppl who like pictures of cute cats.
Apr 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
My daughter has Aspergers and loves this book, as does her little sister. It is very sweet and discribes her perfectly in a lovely and kind way. It is nice for her to have a book that she can show to other kids, or relatives to let them know "who" she is to maybe let them understand her a bit better, as often they do not - especially family. The pictures in this book are amazing, all kittens doing funny things. Well worth getting if someone in your life has Aspergers - as my daughter would say - ...more
Anna Kļaviņa
4 stars and not 5 because I feel that the book would have benefited from foreword.

You can look at beautiful cats' pictures and at the same time learn about Asperger Syndrome! Genius!

Here is a link to YouTube video, the author has kept the text from the book but replaced photos.

Sep 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
A new way to look at those with Asperger syndrome. Thanks, Kitty.
Monica Davidson
Jul 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love this book and bought it for my kids that I shall have someday. My husband has AS, and he loved this book as well. It's very sensitive, and shows things in a positive, and easily understandable, way. Wish more books about autism and AS were like this. ...more
Michael Jones
Feb 23, 2012 rated it liked it
This is a fabulous concept for a book, and in execution it's cute a lot of the time. Maybe even most of the time. But some of the humor comes off as trying a little bit too hard, stretching a little too much. The text could stand to be a little less clinical and a little more whimsical (to match the kitty-cat theme) and, if handled skillfully, would not lose any of its truthfulness... and would actually wind up being much more memorable.

It's not a bad book, but I was disappointed. In the age of
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, work
3.5 stars
A nice short book with beautiful pictures, teaching about Asperger's Syndrome. Yes it overgeneralises but so do most books that want to keep it simple. But just as cats can be(have) very differently so do people and so do people with Asperger's Syndrome. As a first and simple introduction I think it does a wonderful job.
Sep 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Love !
Jennifer Hughes
I felt so lucky to find this at my local library. It is not a novelty book as I thought it might be, and it isn't strictly a children's book either. The text is simple but doesn't talk down to older readers; it just explains Asperger's Syndrome in a very easy-to-understand way. Since everyone is going to come across people with AS, in the interest of deepening understanding and compassion, I truly think it would benefit everyone to read it. And who can resist the adorable pictures of kitties! (O ...more
Jun 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: cat lovers, people interested in Asperger's Syndrome
Warm, comforting, very quick read introducing children and their parents to Asperger's Syndrome. Nice photos of cute cats on each page if you're a cat lover. My only quarrel with the book is that it uses male pronouns exclusively as if they were gender-neutral or sexist language were acceptable. Neither is true, and especially when writing for young people, we should be careful not to inadvertently send subtle sexist messages; male pronouns apply only to males--not to everyone. Using plural pron ...more
Jun 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I just read this book for the second time. As a cat lover and a person who works with individuals with intellectual disabilties I find it funny and fascinating. The photos are delightful and the insights are spot on. It is a wonderful introduction to a little understoood syndrome. This book should be in every school's library. ...more
Angela Sunshine
Jul 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-books
This was a cute book. It's definitely geared toward the 6-10 year old range, but my 14 year old and I still got a laugh out of it. The comedy of the pictures alleviates some of the strain/embarrassment of talking about how true some of the characteristics of Asperger's are for him. ...more
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Here's a delightful book explaining the traits of Asperger's Syndrome, with short, simple text over illustrative and cute pics of kittens and cats. It's obviously aimed at children but it wouldn't be a bad first place to start learning as an adult and it only takes a few minutes to read cover to cover. The idea probably came from the quote "Cats are autistic dogs," which is quite apt...

1. The convention is "Asperger's Syndrome," not "Asperger Syndrome."
2. A small number of the traits me
Apr 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Every one
Recommended to Rayni by: Book title
This book is a nice hardcover book with shiny pages. It will be a nice coffee table book. I read it aloud to my son, who has Aspergers, & husband. We laughed. It does an excellent job of explaining Aspergers.

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Feb 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book was great to read with my sons to help them understand what this Asperger's stuff that we keep talking about is. The pictures of the cats really helped to illustrate the different ways that Asperger's may be manifested. It was good for my oldest son who has been diagnosed with Asperger's understand himself better and for my youngest to understand his brother better. It was a great discussion book for the family. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants a quick look at Asperg ...more
Sharni Benson
Oct 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
A fun book to explain Asperger's Syndrome using pictures of cats gathered from the internet.

It explains the nuances of the disorder, how the child feels and how the child can use these personality traits to reach great heights and succeed in life. It also describes how parents can nurture the child.

A good book for giving parents hope that their child is not a lost cause and explaining it to siblings. I will be sending this to my dad so he can finally make the connection between my childhood tra
Ari McManus
Aug 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book was so sweet and yet somehow so depressing at the same time. I just didn't like how the narration used "he" throughout it. I'm told boys are more prone to an ASD. But it would have been nice to be gender neutral. It's not like girls cannot have Asperger's. ...more
Randie D. Camp, M.S.
Hoopmann has created something special here. This is a great book for helping family, friends, peers, teachers, etc better understand Asperger's and how it impacts the daily lives of children. ...more
May 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Read this book to your preschoolers! Then, have your older kids and teens read it. It tells how kids with AS are like cats, with very cute cat pictures to illustrate each concept!
Megan (ReadingRover)
Meh. Good try but nothing spectacular. I wanted it to be funnier. It was relatable to some extent but I also read the All Dogs Have ADHD and it was virtually the same book. There were even some lines that were the same. This book had the potential for so much more. It could have been a bridge for conversation about the disorder in a more lighthearted way. Instead it was kind of that but more generic than I would have liked. It was more like a list of symptoms with some stock photos and like I sa ...more
Sarah Hunter
Apr 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
So when I first saw this book I thought it was just a random cutesy coffee table books about cats. After leafing through it, I realized that this was one of the best descriptions of asperger's syndrome I have ever read- and presenting in such a straightforward way, with pictures of cats being awesome. This would actually be a great first resource for parents, teachers, and kids, and because it looks so nice you can just leave it on the coffee table as a conversation starter. An awesome intro int ...more
Pawsitive School  Counselor
Each year I find myself thinking of ways to talk to students about Autism. We have many students with these diagnosis and I think it's important to educate their peers. I have found that the classrooms with the most lack of knowledge are the ones that have the most bullying and vice versa. They are a fun, adorable way to help others understand what each syndrome looks like. I also think they would be good to use with students with a recent diagnosis understand and deal with the news.
I really can
Jun 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I wish my mom and I had had this book when I was little. I was almost exactly like the kid described in this book (with kitty photos). My one reservation/peeve is that the author uses the masculine pronound and ONLY the masculine pronoun all the way through the book. Still, this is a good resource. I especially like the way it uses cat photos instead of humans to talk about Asperger's; it makes it a little removed, so it feels safe to me and, hopefully, to others too. ...more
Kathy Ferrell
Nov 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: love-these
There are many books about Asperger's written with the adult in mind, most often the neuro-typical adult. It was nice for a change to discover a little book that would be of more use to the Aspergian child and his/her classmates. I liked this book. I think it is affirming and helpful, sensitive and inclusive. In my opinion, yes...a cat is a very good analogy. That's why I enjoy my cat's company. :) ...more
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