Giveaway: $25 Amazon or Paypal and “What Color is Monday?” A Mother’s Journey Everyone Should Read! (US, Ends 11/16)

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Did you catch my review of the book, “What Color is Monday?”  Author, Carrie Cariello has graciously extended a giveaway to the readers of Kelly’s Lucky You!  I’m so excited because I loved this book.  I can’t encourage you enough to read about Carrie’s journey.

“What Color Is Monday?” will give you insight into the world of autistic children and a better understanding of what and why families go through when their child is affected by autism.  Often a mystery, it’s difficult to know what is happening inside a family traveling on this journey, but Carrie gives us an honest and compelling look into not only what she experiences as a mother, but also what her husband and children go through on a daily basis.

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Carrie’s own words are what first convinced me to read the book:

“What color do you see for Monday?” my son Jack asked as I heaved a chicken into the oven.  “What?” I said distractedly, turning from the oven to slice some potatoes at the counter.  It was late afternoon one day last fall, and I was preparing dinner and managing the demands of homework and tired toddlers.(One was in a tiara.)

“What color is Monday?” he asked again, his robotic voice rising ever so slightly in irritation.  “I don’t see Monday as a color. Do you?” I asked, finally tuning in to what he was talking about.

“Yes. All days are colors.”

All days are colors.  On a seemingly ordinary day, Jack once again granted me the privilege to take a tiny peek inside his fascinating mind. Without preamble, he rattled off which color he associates with each day. And then, just as suddenly as the conversation began, he snapped his mind closed and moved on to something else entirely. I tried to probe further; why was Saturday purple?  Was the entire day purple, or just the morning? “I told you. No more,” he responded in a clipped tone.

Out of our discussion, a book title was born. Riddle Brook Publishing has asked me to write a book based on our life with an autistic child.  I originally wanted to call the book Thursday is Purple, but a couple of weeks ago Jack off-handedly remarked that Thursday is sometimes green.  (Come on, Jack-a-boo.  I’m trying to write a book about you here. For real.) And so, What Color is Monday? it is.

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Author, Carrie Cariello voiced many of the feelings that I have as a mother – not as the mother of an autistic child, but just as a mother.  She very accurately portrays the myriad of emotions and thoughts that pour through our heads and hearts as parents.  My daughter has friends that have shown to be on the autism spectrum, but our family hasn’t been directly touched by autism… yet.  It’s become so prevalent that I wouldn’t be surprised to know that it will in the future.

Whether or not you have a child in your family, a friend, or just want a better understanding in general, I highly recommend reading “What Color is Monday?”.  In a positive, interesting, and many times humorous way, Carrie shares a wealth of knowledge with us.

Reading “What Color is Monday?” inspires me not to be irritated when my daughter does something annoying, but instead to find the positive, appreciate the moment and take a long-term view.  Remembering that it’s all part of being a mother – and that’s the best thing on earth to be.


One lucky reader is going to win a copy of “What Color is Monday?” and a $25 Amazon GC or $25 Paypal!  It’s easy to enter in the Rafflecopter form below – good luck!

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  1. 1
    Jaseena AL says:

    Yeah i’ve seen many kids suffering from autism !! I would like to know more ! Thanks for the giveaway :)

  2. 2
    April Sinclair says:

    I do not know any children with autism. It would be helpful to know more about autism.

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    Holly Wright says:

    Yes I know children with autism. I would like to learn much more about it.

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    JOSEPH YOUNG says:

    autism is so misunderstood.

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    I have a cousin who has autism and I have a very good friend whose daughter who is 5 was diagnosed with autism recently.

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    Linda Kish says:

    If there had been a spectrum 25 years ago, my son would have been on it. But instead he was labeled as ADHD, OCD, ODD. He has Asperger’s but was never dealt with. He copes fairly well as an adult. This book sounds terrific.

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    Bethany C. says:

    I don’t know anyone personally with a child that has been diagnosed with autism.

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    Jasanna Czellar says:

    I do have a friend with an autistic child…I’d love to give this book to her! (after i read it :)

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    Kim Henrichs says:

    I have a work friend who has an autistic son. I don’t know as much about it as I should, definitely.

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    joanne major says:

    yes my daughter, I don’t know everything I learn more everyday

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    Meghan Stith says:

    I used to work with people with disabilities and two of which had a form of autism so yes, I feel like I know quite a bit about Autism.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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    steve weber says:

    I do know someone who has a child with autism.. and my heart goes out to them.

  13. 13
    Anita Yancey says:

    I don’t know anyone who has been diagnosed with autism. The only thing I know about it is what I have watched on TV about it. Thanks for having the giveaway.

  14. 14
    Kelly Nicholson says:

    Do you feel like you know very much about autism?

    caused by the vaccines…stop giving your kids government death drugs

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    vickie couturier says:

    my next door neighbors little boy,he was 5 when they found out,an now he is 17 an big boy,,,its been so hard for them with schools etc

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    Calien Laure says:

    I have not met a person with Autism. Closest I’ve ever come is through tv and movies.

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    Debra Hall says:

    my middle grandson has it the treatment is helping, but i think there’s so much more to learn about it

  18. 18

    I do not know any children that have autism, but I have spoke with parents of children, and just listening to them truly exemplifies just how difficult it can be.

  19. 19

    No, I only know about it through reading books. I’d like to read this one.
    Thanks for the contest.

  20. 20

    I actually don’t know any children with autism personally… so glad my children are healthy!

  21. 21

    I know lots of kids with Autism. My own son has sensory issues.

  22. 22
    Claira Pam says:

    I don’t know anyone with autism, but I would appreciate learning more. This book sounds like a really great read.

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    Jennifer P - Vicki Vix on Rafflecopter says:

    I don’t actually know any children with autism though I have met one or two in passing. I know a little about it but as I am fascinated by neuroscience and all things having to do with the brain, it’s on my list of things to read more about. Thanks for the giveaway.

  24. 24

    Yes my son has autism, and it runs in my husband’s family, but I am still learning, because he’s newly diagnosed. I would love to give this book to my library.

  25. 25
    Tami Vollenweider says:

    I don’t personally know of any children that are artistic. I’ve seen talk shows about it and I still really don’t know that much about it!

  26. 26

    My neighbour’s son has autism and I think it would be good to learn more about the disorder. Thank you for this awesome giveaway!
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    geri bittner says:

    Everyone needs to know more about autism, many autistic children will grow to be the adults who form our world.

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    don’t know anyone with autism and don’t know much about it really

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    laurie nykaza says:

    I do know 2 children, and i know some information but not a whole lot

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    My knowledge about autism is very limited.

  31. 31

    I don’t know any kids with autism, but two of my friends work with autistic kids and they are always telling me great stories about them

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    jeanette sheets says:

    yes i have a 22 yr old son with severe autisim,and he is my whole life!

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    I dont know anyone with autism or with a child that has it, but there is a lot of misinformation about the disease and what could be causing it or could prevent it. Would like to learn more definitely

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    Jessica Snow says:

    I have a couple of friends that have children with Autism.

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    jenn McClearn says:

    My cousin Dakota has autism, I don’t see him often. I have worked with autistic children in childcare centers before and have seen children at very different ends of the spectrum. I feel like I know a fair amount about autism but I always would love to learn more.

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    Sherry Dornblaser says:

    I do not, but I would like to learn

  37. 37

    I have worked in the human services field most of my life, and I know many people with autism and know a lot about it.

  38. 38
    tina reynolds says:

    My niece has autism we found out recently I would love to know more to be as much support as I can

  39. 39

    My boss’s son is autistic. He is a wonderful child. I don’t know a lot about autism, but I do know that there is a very wide spectrum and variability in the symptoms of autism. It would be great to learn more. I’d love to know what kinds of research and treatments are being done for autistic people.

  40. 40

    My brother and my best friends brother both have aspergers. I don’t know much about autism but i would like to know more!

  41. 41

    I have new neighbors that moved in and their son is autistic and one of the sweetest kids you could ever meet. I’d love to know and understand more about it and have the tools to interact with him better. Thanks for the giveaway!

  42. 42
    Gloria Walshver says:

    Fortunately not.

  43. 43

    I personally do not know any child that had autism, but would love to learn more and assist in any way that I can. Thanks for beinging awareness to Autism in general and for an amazing giveaway!

  44. 44

    One of our daycare kids (my family runs an in-home daycare) is autistic. Caring for him has been and still is a learning experience. It can be difficult at times but it is rewarding. I don’t feel like I personally know as much about autism as I should, however. I would definitely like to learn more.

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    Kristina P says:

    I do daycare for a little one with autism He is awesome :)

  46. 46
    Jessica H. says:

    I do not know any children diagnosed with autism and working in a school I think it would be highly beneficial for me to learn more. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway!

  47. 47

    Both my step brother and sister have autism and I would love to know more about how to deal with it when I am around them

  48. 48

    I do not personally know anyone with autism. I don’t really know much about it either. I think everyone would benefit from learning more.
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    Cathy Shaw says:

    The teenage son of one of my good friends is autistic. I’ve read quite a bit about the disorder, yes.

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    I do know a child with Autism and she has come a very long way. I am blessed to have met her.

  51. 51

    My brother in law is autistic and my son has aspergers. I know quite a bit about it, but always want to know more.

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    Darklurkr23 says:


  53. 53

    My nephew has low functioning autism. He was diagnosed about 8 years ago now. He was about 4 when finally diagnosed. He has come along way, but still needs a feeding tube as he will only eat 1 item, he still has not been able to be potty trained, and cannot attend school or rarely go out in public. I do know some about autism, but would love to learn more to be able to better support my sister.

  54. 54
    John Leahy says:

    Actually I do not know anyone with autism; however, I have done some reading on the subject.

  55. 55
    julie matek says:

    I do NOT know a child diagnosed with autism. I do not know much at all about the condition.

    jmatek AT wi DOT rr DOT com

  56. 56
    Barbara Haynes says:

    As a pediatric nurse, I know many children with autism…

  57. 57

    I’m very interested in learning as much as I can about autism and support causes that promote awareness as much as possible. My younger cousin is autistic. He was born 6 months before my oldest son and it’s amazing to see how protective and accepting my son is of his “older” cousin.
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  58. 58

    I do not personally no much about autism but my daughters friends children have been diagnosed with autism.

  59. 59

    My younger brother was diagnosed with Asberger’s but not until he was 27. Finally, a doctor made the right diagnosis. He is 33 now. I would love to know more about it.

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    Melissa S Bentley says:

    I have family members who were diagnosed as children with autism. I also believe my son to be somewhere on the low end spectrum.

  61. 62

    As someone who works with people with autism I think it is so important to educate people about it, especially from a personal rather than clinical perspective. I would love to read this book.

  62. 63

    I have known a fair number of young people with autism. Some are pretty functional and others very out of touch with normal reality. I’ve taught a couple of autistic children, but in many ways I don’t understand the disorder.

  63. 64

    I have several friends who are parents of children with autism. My son has cerebral palsy and I hear their stories at our parent group meetings. My son’s disabilities are very obvious but with their children it isn’t always apparent. I have heard lots of tales of people being rude because they don’t understand. Educating the public is key.

  64. 65

    My former co-worker’s children are both autistic, they are very caring and loving yet misunderstood most. Thanks for the giveaway.

  65. 66

    No, I don’t know anyone personally but have read a lot about it.

  66. 67

    I have known children with autism my whole life and I have been very moved by my experiences with them.

  67. 68

    I don’t personally know anyone with autism.

  68. 69

    my youngest brother does and there is so much we have yet to know…

  69. 70

    I have a friend with a child with autism. I babysat him for years. I would love to read this book and share it with her.

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    Michele M says:

    My son is on the autism spectrum and has aspergers, there is always more to learn about aspies! I just hate when people call it a disease or a disorder, it’s really isn’t, just that there brains work in different ways.

  71. 72

    No one I know but some boys slightly learning dsabled. There is a difference.

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    Ghassan Alsaleh says:

    Yes I know kid of my cousin it was in the beginning state but now she is become so good because of her mother, did hard job to change this situation by talking and sitting a long time with her. No tv for long time any more.

  73. 74

    Yes, I believe my neighbor has autism, but I don’t know much about it.

  74. 75

    My job is with special needs people in Santa Barbara so I know tons of people with autism. I feel like I learn more about them all the time!

  75. 76
    Tiffany weeks says:

    My neighbors are autism. I know a little bit about it, but love to know more..

  76. 77
    Ashley Anne Applebee says:

    I don’t really know much about Autism but I have a friend who’s child has Autism and I would like learn more.
    Ashley A

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    Kimberly Frazee says:

    No not Autism but Aspergers I do.

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    Had there been knowledge of this my son would have been diagnosed with Aspergers! He is now 32 and still deals with it every day. He is able to function as long as he is not stressed. He got his Bachelors degree, tried for his masters but got to be too much.

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    Colleen Hickey says:

    I have Asperger’s Syndrome, which is a form of high-functioning autism. I would like to learn more about it.

  80. 81

    My son has Down Syndrome and is on the autism spectrum. I know what it is like to live and raise a child with autism and live with it daily (he is 25 now). It is very difficult and am always wanting to hear about treatments and/or ideas of ways to improve his life.

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    I don’t know anyone with autism and I would love to know more.

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    virgomomwriter says:

    A dear friend has an autistic son I have yet to meet. I took care of another when I worked in day care. I want to know more.

  83. 84

    Yes my brother. I don’t know much

  84. 85

    This is a fascinating subject. I have spent years working with people with disabilities and studying autism.

  85. 86

    I know a boy with autism, and I have been reading material to inform me more about it

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    Luella Moss says:

    I don’t personally know anyone who has been diagnosed with Autism, and I don’t know much about it. My boyfriend has helped me understand a bit more than I used to as he has spent many years in the past working at group homes for adults with disabilities. I think it would be important to learn more though.

  87. 88

    My neighbor’s son has autism, and I’d love to learn more. Thanks for the giveaway!

  88. 89

    We have a friend who has a child with autism and our daughter is a special education teacher. I have learned a lot from her.

  89. 90

    My friend’s son has autism (Asperger syndrome) so I learned a lot from her

  90. 91
    Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I personally dont know anyone but I’ve learned a lot from websites

  91. 92

    I dont know much about autism but it seems like more kids are diagnosed with it in recent years

  92. 93
    Thomas Murphy says:

    I don’t know anyone with autism and I don’t know much about it but I would like to learn more.

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    mary gardner says:

    my neighbor’s son has been diagnosed with autism and i would like to know more

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    Noelle Cagle says:

    My sister has autism.

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