Thursday 4 March 2021

Say "hello" to Alice …

Today is World Book Day, and we'd like to introduce you to a very special dinosaur … say "hello" to Alice the Aspiesuarus …

A DINOSAUR? Yep. But not just any dinosaur. Alice is the world’s first – and only – known autistic dinosaur, and features in a series of books by Lucy Martin that are particularly relevant and helpful for children with autistic spectrum disorders, or neuro-diverse students.

Alice, and the Aspiesaur species to which she belongs, are the fictional creations of author and illustrator Lucy Martin. Drawing on her personal experiences growing up with autistic spectrum disorder, and wanting to provide children with a positive message about autism, Lucy combined a love of art and creative writing, with a first-class degree with honours in Zoology, to create Alice, the Aspiesaur species, and an entire dinosaur world. Being autistic, Alice is the perfect literary 'avatar' that children can directly relate to, enabling them to see and understand their own experiences through her.

Different is good is Alice’s first book, soon to be joined by Helping a friend, in a series of heart-warming illustrated tales for children, featuring Alice and her real-life dinosaur friends. Lucy’s books are highly relevant to neuro-diverse children, exploring the emotions and feelings they may experience, and aiming to help kids understand why they may feel how they do via stories that every child can relate to. It also helps children to understand that it’s our differences that make us who we are – after all, different is good!
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No; it's Ozzy the Ornitholostes!

As well as offering children a relatable and engaging way to understand their own emotions and responses, the world that Alice and her dino friends inhabit is underpinned by some deep scientific research. Each of Lucy’s hand-drawn illustrations is based on the very latest paleontological research. From which dinosaurs had scales or feathers, to what their habitats looked like, and even what each species ate, Lucy has represented each dinosaur to accurately reflect our current understanding.

For a dinosaur-sized chunk of tips, education, fun and DINOSAURS, make sure you follow Alice's facebook page!

Alice’s facebook page is a must-follow, and offers some truly helpful posts covering a huge range of subjects. From educational and interesting news snippets, to 'Alice’s Aspie Tips,' regular posts created specially to provide neuro-diverse children with easy ways of understanding and dealing with social and life scenarios, and providing clear ways to cope and minimise stress and anxiety. And, of course, there are DINOSAURS! Head over to her page now, and follow Alice the Aspiesaurus to keep up-to-date with Alice’s latest news, tips on dealing with ASD, and plenty of fascinating and fun facts.

Above all, Alice’s world is colourful and fun for all kids, and a great way to stimulate interest in neuro-diversity and develop social awareness, and also in dinosaurs and natural history. 

SO, to introduce you all to Alice, and her dinosaur friends Bryony the Brachiosaurus, Caitlin the Camptosaurus, Ozzy the Ornitholostes, and Stella the Stegosaurus, we have teamed-up with Lucy to create FIVE FREE FANTASTIC FACT SHEETS! Each sheet reveals fascinating insights into a species of dinosaur, from when they live, to who they lived with – even what their footprints looked like!

You can download the fact sheets here:

Delve into the dinosaur world of Alice the Aspiesaurus this World Book Day and use our STAYINANDREAD discount code to get 35% off and bag a bargain!

Different is good - Alice the Aspiesaurus

ONLY £6.99 plus P&P

Paperback • 18x23cm • 32 pages • 25 colour pictures


And don’t forget to Follow Alice for all the latest dino delights

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