Life, Animated

A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism Now an Award-Winning Motion Picture

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Publisher Description

Now an Award-Winning Motion Picture. What if you were trapped in a Disney movie? In all of them, actually - from Dumbo to Peter Pan to The Lion King -- and had to learn about life and love mostly from what could be gleaned from animated characters, dancing across a screen of color? Asking this question opens a doorway to the most extraordinary of stories. It is the saga of Owen Suskind, who happens to be the son of one of America's most noted writers, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Ron Suskind. He's also autistic. The twisting, 20-year journey of this boy and his family will change that way you see autism, old Disney movies, and the power of imagination to heal a shattered, upside-down world.

Biographies & Memoirs
April 1
Disney Book Group
Disney Electronic Content, Inc.

Customer Reviews

DAB105 ,

Truly beyond inspirational

My family and I are raising my two nephews with autism. This book gave me such wonderful insights in Owen's amazing story! It's as if this were a glorious road map to one family's life with autism. I wish only great things for Owen in his future. This was a truly inspirational story and I am so glad it was shared with the world.

queondoguerro ,


I haven’t read it but my son is 4yrs old w ASD. He is strikingly similar to Owen (I saw the Daily Show episode, as well). My son has struggled with speech delay and is also learning to read by studying Disney movies and show credits and piecing sounds together on his own. It’s sort of freaky. He now speaks in short sentences, but can act out and speak long stretches of dialogue. We quote movies to communicate together which is sort of a funny gift for my wife and I, who have been doing this for years before he was born - albeit in a more playful way (We’re big movie buffs). I’m looking forward to reading this and watching the movie, but I am so fascinated that we’re not alone in this experience and that others have used it to connect these kid’s worlds with our own.

C Michele Nichols ,

Best book EVER

This is the most amazing book!!!
I am so happy for Walt. And so proud of his family for being there for both of their children. They are truly a gift from God!! Bravo Disney for supporting this book !!!?

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