What Color Is Monday?

A little about 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.

With an infectious voice, an impeccable eye for detail and a canvas rich with personal exploration and understanding, What Color Is Monday will open your eyes to autism and the unpredictable journey of parents. I would love to send you a copy of this beautiful book for your consideration. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the book and any potential coverage you may be interested in pursuing.

My thoughts:

What Color Is Monday? by Carrie Careillo was such an inspiring and insightful read.  I believe in being honest and shooting straight from the hip and Carrie did just that in her book.  How easy is it for us to sugar-coat our lives?  Carrie puts it all out there.  The trials, the tears, the laughs, it is all here and it is evident it is all straight from the heart.  Carrie tells of her experience with an autistic child with humor, honesty, and clarity.

I literally laughed out loud, sobbed (even the pathetic hiccup sob), tensed in agony, but mostly just felt the many emotions a mother feels, while I was reading this book.  As a mother, these are all very real feelings, no matter if you have a child on the spectrum or not.  How wonderful it was to be able to feel like my understanding of Carrie while reading this  book was uplifting her in spirit.  That by my acknowledgement and understanding of her and her feelings and experiences I was giving her strength, not only to be strong, but to be weak and have faith that others will lift her.

Her sincerity and honesty in WHAT COLOR IS MONDAY? will be sure to captivate readers and give real life insight to all who read as to what life with Autism can be like.  It is real.  It isn’t easy.  It isn’t always understood.  One thing it is, is a human life, that for one reason or another is a human on the spectrum.  It isn’t bad parenting, it isn’t lack of discipline, or easily fixed by an ‘expert parent’.  It is real life for so many families and we  all need to be educated and compassionate.  We need to stop judgement and criticism.  We need to really just love one another.  We are all just trying to do the best that we can to raise our offspring to be the best person they can be.

I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to read this book.  My oldest son was recently diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome and it was a comfort to read her words.  While our experiences were very different, our feelings were not.  I am grateful for the comfort her words brought to me and I know that they will bring great comfort to many.

About the author:

Carrie Cariello lives in Southern New Hampshire with her husband Joe and five children.  Before staying home to raise her family, Carrie earned her MBA from Canisius College and worked in marketing for Lehigh Construction Group, Inc.

You can follow Carrie on Twitter, Facebook, or catch up with her on her website.


A high school classmate of mine does a great amount of volunteer work with A.N.G.E.L. Inc. in Wisconsin and shared this video that I just had to share with you all, enjoy.

I hope you all will find WHAT COLOR IS MONDAY? as wonderful of a read as I did.  My heart is full.


Cici ♥

*I was provided a copy of WHAT COLOR IS MONDAY? 
in exchange for an honest review.*

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