*PRE-ORDER NOW* RELEASE DATE: 11th August 2021
Kaleidoscope is the beautiful story of a lost bear who finds his way home with help from a very unlikely source.
This is the debut book from Ross Fraser.
Ross never thought he would be a writer, it wasn't his childhood dream. In fact, he didn't learn to read or write until he was 10. Ross has high-functioning autism and is dyslexic. On top of the autism and dyslexia, 13 years ago, in a freak home accident - he broke his spine and hasn't been able to work since. Not out of choice but circumstance.
'Kaleidoscope' has been subtly and sensitively illustrated to be more accessible for autistic children, which Ross explains further;
"There is joy and struggle in being autistic coming from the way we process sensory information. We do not filter sensory input in the way non-autistic people do. We can experience the wonder of sensorial bliss but it also means we can experience the torment of sensory overload.
I assumed, given this, there would be a range of visually accessible picture books available. I wanted my book Kaleidoscope to be visually appealing to autistic children.
What I didn’t realise at the time is that we seem to be creating the first but hopefully the first of many.
Not all autistic people have the same sensory needs but there are shared triggers. The team and I at Pretty Pug Publishing, made a concerted effort to find the right balance. I truly believe we have created a children’s book which everyone can enjoy.
I honestly believe this small adjustment will help reduce anxiety and aid in make bedtimes more settled. After all, I think we need to be more supportive of autistic children. The truth is they often don’t understand yet what they are reacting to. As an autistic adult, I can avoid triggers, manage my life knowing what is impacting me.
However, when we’re younger we are acting from instinct and that’s why this is so important."
*We are very passionate about supporting autism charities and will be donating £1 to Triple A’s autistic-led autism charity in Aberdeen for every copy sold*