My Brain is Magic: A Sensory-Seeking Celebration (Prasha Sooful)

Hello, friends! Our book today is My Brain is Magic: A Sensory-Seeking Celebration, written by Prasha Sooful and illustrated by Geeta Ladi, a wonderful exploration of sensory input and magical minds.

“My brain is MAGIC!” is the greeting offered by our child protagonist, who explains that the way in which they experience the world has much to do with their senses and how their unique mind processes them. Sometimes, for instance, their brain is a busy and buzzing bee, and it tells them to flit around the room and give crashing hugs to loved ones. Sometimes their brain is an octopus, and wants to touch everything (and everyone!); sometimes it’s a sloth, and prefers to move slow and steady. Indeed, what makes the child’s brain so special is that it can be many things – the possibilities are limitless.

Fabulous. Sooful’s cheerful and energetic text handles sensory-seeking and neurodiversity in a way that I’ve yet to see in other picture books, striking a tone that neither patronizes nor exotifies neurodivergence. Instead, Sooful approaches sensory-seeking children in a highly relatable way, exploring sensory processing in terms that readers of any age and ability can understand. It’s a clever approach that can help the nuerotypical better understand neurodivergent people, while it affirms those who have their own “magic brains.” Ladi’s illustrations are perfectly expressive and immensely endearing, the length of the book is perfect and features some pretty great backmatter (and a jacket that can be used as a informational/communication poster), plus JJ and I loved it. Highly recommended, and Baby Bookworm approved!

(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by a representative of the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)

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