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Evan Brain, Adventures of a Delusional Kid Superhero

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Updated August 02, 2008

Evan Brain Book Cover
Photo Courtesy Becker Doyle & Associates Publishing
Raising gifted kids can be a trying experience. Just ask Eve Becker-Doyle. This witty and original book by Eve and her son Evan "Brain" Doyle provides a glimpse into what being the parent of a gifted child is like. The book is short, only around 60 pages, and is suitable reading for both adults and children.


Chapters in the Book:
  1. Evan Brain and His Family
  2. Evan Brain and His Comics
  3. Evan Brain and His Kindergarten Teacher
  4. Evan Brain and His First Grade Teacher
  5. Evan Brain and His Second Grade Teacher
  6. Evan Brain and His Babysitters
  7. Glossary of Weird Terms
  8. Photos of Evan Brain and Aliens
The set up of the book is unique. Each chapter has two parts: the first part is by Eve Becker-Doyle; the second part by her son Evan. The two parts are really two versions of the same event. Eve's version is rooted in reality, while Evan's is a flight of fancy reminiscent of the adventures of Spaceman Spiff, an alter ego of Calvin (from Calvin and Hobbes).

Eve Becker-Doyle and Evan Brian Doyle
Illustrated by Evan Brain Doyle
Becker Doyle & Associates Publishing 2007
ISBN-13: 978-0-9794716-0-5
ISBN-10: 9794716-0-5

Guide Review - Book Review: Evan Brain, Adventures of a Delusional Kid Superhero

This delightful book gives parents a chance to laugh at some of the trying experiences of raising a gifted child. It also gives them a glimpse into the way their children interpret the same experiences.

Evan "Brain" is Evan Brian, but he sometimes called himself Evan "Brain." That tells you something about his attitude and his imagination. His versions of his experiences are creative tales that any gifted kid who enjoys fantasy will understand. Parents, however, will need the glossary.

Here is an example from Evan's adventures in first grade:
"The Gorbat had in its posession a pair of knives, and forced Evan under a set of computer tables. A titanic fight ensued. Computer cables were cut during the vicious brawl, and Evan succeeded in scalping the Gorbat alive."
Initially, since the chapter subtitles are "according to Eve" and "the other side of the story...according to Evan," I thought that Eve's part of the chapter would be about her perspective and I was initially a little puzzled. Eve's version is really more like a translation of Evan's version than a completely unique perspective of the same event. For example, in Eve's version of the Gorbat event, she says:
"One day Evan and his friend were playing under the computer table with some scissors. Evan cut his friend's hair and the friend cut the computer cable."
It took no time to realize what the two parts of the chapter were and I read quickly though the book, and with each chapter, as I read Eve's version, I looked forward to seeing how Evan had interpreted the events.
If you're the parent of a gifted child whose behavior often results in phone calls from the principal and notes sent home from the teacher, you will no doubt sympathize with Evan's mother, Eve. Gifted kids, however, will no doubt sympathize with Evan! And the kids probably won't need the glossary.
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