REVIEW: 'Frankie's World' an insight into an autistic mind

Published Friday, 28th January 2022
By Keira Edwards

Credit: Aoife Dooley

Aoife Dooley allows you into the inner workings of an autistic mind with her comic book 'Frankie's World'.

'Frankie's World' is a two colour comic book aimed for a younger audience. Written by Aoife Dooley, its aim is to transport readers inside an autistic mind. This will give more of an understanding of what it is like to be autistic.

Written from the point of view of 11-year-old Frankie. The comic explores her life and her inability to fit in as she finishes her last year at primary school. Frankie isn't your average 11-year-old. She enjoys rock music and goes to the hospital every month because she is too small for her age. Knowing her difference, Frankie does her best to blend in with her classmates. However, others still see her as weird and proceed to bully her about this.

Right from the start, many daily struggles of autistic people are presented in a very simplistic way. For example, Frankie is forced into fitting in with classmates because she has enough to worry about outside of school. Dooley also presents Frankie's brain as having the wrong manual, showing how an autistic brain functions differently to those who aren't. Following a quirky story involving Frankie deciding her father is an alien, and her friend's crazy plans to find him, 'Frankie's World' is a hilarious and relatable story.

As someone with autism, I recommend this book to all ages, despite its young target audience as it is a perfect book to help you learn about autism. 'Frankie's World' allows for a visual understanding of autism through its comic book style, making it easy to read. I believe this would be a great help to parents with an autistic child. It will give a simple way to understand what goes on inside an autistic brain.

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