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 Maria and Me

Maria and Me

A father, a daughter (and Autism)

Maria Gallardo and Miguel Gallardo

Quick Overview

A father's first-hand account of what life is like with his daughter Maria who has autism. On a trip to the Canary Islands in Spain, some challenges arise as a result. This comic shows how the two work around these issues, and gives insight into how Maria sees and experiences the world.
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2017, 9.45in x 6.69in / 240mm x 170mm, 64pp
ISBN: 9781785923814
2017, PDF, 64pp
ISBN: 978-1-78450-729-9
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Giving a father's insight into life with his daughter Maria, aged 12, who has autism, this comic tells the story of their week holiday in the Canary Islands, Spain. Delightful illustrations and dialogue between father and daughter show the day-to-day challenges that people with autism and their carers face, and how Miguel and Maria overcome them.

Funny and endearing, this comic helps to show how Maria sees and experiences the world in her own way and that she's unique, just like everyone else.


'Miguel sees the humour in situations that would make many parents squirm. He views situations with the years of experience he has in knowing and loving his daughter and her quirky way of seeing the world. The drawings show us how he is feeling, how Maria feels and how the people around them react...

Maria and Me gives us insight into the confusions, fears, wonder and delight that parents of children with autism live with every day. The story is funny, moving, and powerful without an ounce of sentimentality.

This book should be on the reading list for all professionals working with individuals on the spectrum!'
- Gina Davies, Specialist Speech and Language Therapist and autism expert

'María and Me is one of those books that defies categorisation, an increasingly common sight that I embrace with open arms. This isn't quite an illustrated prose book or a comic book in the traditional sense, but something in-between. Some pages are word-heavy, some resemble sketches, others take the form of illustrated schedules. Gallardo often switches to his daughter's perspective, his charmingly scrappy illustrations highlighted by a striking use of red that's often used to emphasise objects that draw her attention...
Gallardo's warmth and sincerity go some way to articulating the trivialities and concerns of parenting an autistic child, in a manner that is loving but not overly didactic or sentimental. Those who can relate to Miguel's position, or are looking to dispel many of the misconceptions around it, will certainly get a lot more from this book and its earnest approach than the accidental reader.'
- Shelf Abuse

'Miguel Gallardo has a wonderful way of getting people's expressions and personalities with just a few lines, and his drawings are so expressive of life with his daughter. Splashes of red add to the dynamics of the story... A beautifully produced hardback, this book will give lots of pleasure to families coping with the sometime difficulties of living with autism. Not just for children, but for adults too!'
- Healthybooks

'Based on real life experiences of Maria and Miguel, it is an enlightening account of living with autism. The graphic novel format varies from cartoon, to pages of just narrative, to a scrapbook style of storytelling. Along the way the reader learns a lot about the myths of autism, but also raises awareness of the triggers for an incident, and the need to treat each individual uniquely. The drawings are in black and red which are an interesting counterpoint to the black capitals of the narrative... I found it useful and enjoyable.'
- The School Library Journal

'Do not be deceived by the apparent simplicity of Gallardo's drawings. Stripped of unneeded decorations these drawings will capture you with their purity. This purity is what this book is about. Pure love between a father and daughter. Love towards family and friends. Love towards life.'
- Hanoch Piven, Illustrator & Educator

'Maria and Me is an endearing account of a father's view of his holiday with his daughter with autism. Beautifully illustrated and at times funny, this book provides an alternative way of explaining some of the common traits of autism.'
- Tara Leniston, Actress and mother of a son with autism

'The content is slight in terms of events, but the significance comes in attempting to build understanding about how it feels to take care of a child with autism.
The upscale hardcover packaging and simple images make this a lovely gift for anyone interested in learning more about the condition as it affects day-to-day life, particularly since it doesn't demand much involvement from the reader.'
- Comics Worth Reading


By (author): Miguel Gallardo