Book in the Spotlight: Editorial Review of Raising Cubby by John Elder Robison

Raising Cubby

by John Elder Robison


Raising CubbyI have to say that I was eager to read Raising Cubby and felt honored that Random House was kind enough to send me a copy to review John Elder Robison’s latest masterpiece. Here is my review without divulging too much of his story…

Another interesting and captivating memoir by Robison with a vast glimpse inside Asperger’s Syndrome though a Dad’s perspective.

The honest, naked truth into Robison’s life (during his parenting years) and into his Aspergian mind on issues such as parenting, divorce, learning about Asperger’s Syndrome, and even how the abundance of laws hasn’t done anything for Americans except create more debt.

Raising Cubby delves into the elaborate imagination that so many Aspie’s are known for and Robison’s use of it while figuring out how to parent Cubby.  The outlandish and extensive stories he told his son made me burst out laughing. Stories of Santa being from Boston Harbor and buying his son from the kid store at the Holyoke Mall brought both smiles and hope to me because my own little Aspie conjures up such exotic detailed stories on a daily basis.  The book keeps readers entertained while giving them knowledgeable insight to common Aspergian traits such as: trouble picking up on social cues (baby crying equals feed or change the baby); often very smart; often have one area of expertise or focus; trouble with executive functioning skills; and difficulty knowing how to maintain long-lasting relationships. I highly recommend this book to any parent, because it entertainingly goes through every phase of parenthood.

Leslie Burby

Leslie Burby

Leslie Burby is the former Editor-in-Chief of Autism Parenting Magazine and a public speaker on autism related issues. She is the author of three autism related books: Emotional Mastery for Adult's with Autism (2013); Early Signs of Autism in Toddlers, Infants and Babies (2014); and the children's book Grace Figures Out School (2014).