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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.


'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

'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