Book Review: His Name is Joe by Mimi Lou Martin and Chloe Mathis

I was introduced to this adorable children’s book in early 2018 and liked the premise enough to add it to my TBR. A young boy befriends another kid who happens to be wheelchair-bound. Knowing how awkward life can be for a third grader, especially while playing dodge ball in gym class, I was curious to give this one a shot. His Name Is Joe by Mimi Lou Martin explores the impacts of a school children learning how to put themselves out there, find friends, develop confidence and teach others small life lessons. While the book is relatively short at 24 pages, it’s filled with wonderful drawings and a great moral lesson. To top it off, the book is co-written by the author’s young children… even including multiple sketches (really fantastic for their age and contribution to the book) and artwork by the whole family. It’s a very cute story, and I think it would be a great addition to all libraries and a family’s reading shelves. I’d recommend it for being fun, inspirational, rewarding and confidence-building. Kudos to this wonderful family and the adorable book they’ve built together. The world needs more people like this!



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  1. Sounds good. I can identify with the difficulty in gym class, I was exempt due to the difficulty it was for me to take part. I am always on the lookout for books for kids with disabilities as there weren’t mny around when I was younger, and they could have helped me with more awareness for society for my own disabilities.

    Being a wheelchair user myself, I want my nephew to read these kind of books when he’s old enough to, although judging from the fact that he loved riding on my lap while I was in my chair and trying to drive it himself at barely 8 months of age (in 2017) I don’t think he’ll need much help on being accepting, Books like this can go a long way towards helping acceptance in society. I have reviewed a few on my blog.

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    • Hi. I’m glad to know there are more choices now, but sad there weren’t a few years ago for you. I’d be happy to connect you with the publicist for the author who reached out to me. I believe she’s writing more.


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