There’s a lot to appreciate about a book like Hi, It’s Me! I Have ADHD by Katelyn Mabry and illustrated by her brother, J. Charles Friedel. For the amount of time I spend with kids and people who have ADHD, you’d think I would have come across more books like this for children in my lifetime, but Mabry’s is actually the first I’ve found. I think this says something to the importance of this book’s topic in how it relates to children’s experience with it.
Many kids’ first experience with anything regarding acknowledging ADHD is with a diagnosis. I think it’s amazing that a book like this exists. Its main goal seems to be education and relatability. Children will be able to see themselves within the words and images of this book and some parents will be able to connect with their kids in a way that they haven’t been able to before. This book is fantastic on its own, but the fact that there is a tips section for kids and parents at the end of it makes it that much better.
The only thing that I, personally, felt worked against this book a little book was the fact that I didn’t really care for the artwork. While I think it’s brilliant and really cool when siblings are able to collaborate together on something such as a book like this, but I just didn’t like it. There are odd moments when the girl who is featured throughout has exaggerated and oddly drawn eyes to the point that she almost looks kind of creepy.
This is, ultimately, only a small thing, but I wasn’t a fan. Still, I don’t think it’s the sort of thing that takes a lot away. In fact, the great thing about the artwork is the fact that it’s big and bright, something that children love in their stories.
I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.