Children’s book shows how life with autism still includes love of cheeseburgers, video games

In honor of her 10-year-old son with autism, Lyn Fontinell wrote “Hi, My Name is Frankie” to show young readers that those living with autism aren’t so different from them

(PR NewsChannel) / July 24, 2012 / SHOREHAM, N.Y.  

"Hi, My Name is Frankie"

"Hi, My Name is Frankie" by Lyn Fontinell

“Hi, My Name is Frankie” (ISBN 1451544340) by Lyn Fontinell introduces young readers to a second grader named Frankie. Like most children his age, Frankie enjoys gym, his music and art classes and reading. When he’s at home, he likes to play video games and watch television, even if his mom thinks he spends too much time doing so. His favorite food happens to be cheeseburgers, and he has a slight fear of the dark.

While all of these characteristics are common for boys and girls his age, Frankie has something about him that makes him different from his peers: he has autism.

Frankie uses easy-to-understand language to explain his behavior disorder to young readers. He says that he has had autism since he was young and explains that it is not a contagious disorder that can be spread from him to a friend. He makes it clear that autism makes him act differently than other children his age, but he’s still the same as them with his love of cheeseburgers and video games. He then goes on to explain that there may even be children just like him at the readers’ schools or neighborhoods.

As the mother of a 10-year-old son with autism, Fontinell knows how difficult it can be for those with disorders like autism to fit in with other children. She wrote “Hi, My Name is Frankie” for her son Frankie and all children like him in hopes that others will be more understanding of the disorder and come to see those with autism as just another child at school or on the playground.

With its interactive narration and playful illustrations, “Hi, My Name is Frankie” is a perfect way to explain autism to young readers who may have a friend, sibling, family member or classmate affected by the disorder. Fontinell hopes this work will prove useful in classrooms and in social workers’ resources, when it comes to talking about and understanding autism.

“Hi, My Name is Frankie” is available for sale online at and other channels.

About the Author: Lyn Fontinell is a mother of four children, ranging in age from 25 to 10. Her youngest son, Frankie, was diagnosed with autism when he was 2 years old. Over the past eight years, she and her family have faced a variety of issues in regards to his disorder. She feels that her life experience has made her an expert in the field of autism. 

Lyn Fontinell
Phone:             (631) 849-4455



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