Drawing on experiences: children’s picture book addressing the topic of epilepsy

Susan Carameli with her newly published book Joshua Rupert’s Glitches.
Susan Carameli with her newly published book Joshua Rupert’s Glitches.

KALAMUNDA resident Susan Carameli is set to launch a children’s picture book addressing the topic of epilepsy.

Joshua Rupert’s Glitches follows the story of two little boys who love to play with robots.

While playing with his friend, Joshua has a seizure and has to be taken to hospital by his mother.

With wires stuck to his body Joshua gets to play robot as the doctors conduct all sorts of tests on him.

Joshua’s mother visits the other little boy to explain what happened to Joshua, and reassure him that Joshua is the same boy as before.

“This book is about inclusion, and shows the values of friendship and tolerance,” she said.

Ms Carameli wrote and illustrated the book, which took one year to come to fruition.

The idea spurred from her passion for epilepsy, and as an education assistant she works with many children who suffer from the condition.

On completion, Ms Carameli sent her book to Epilepsy WA, who were impressed with her book; chief executive Suresh Rajan contributed the foreword.

“She has cleverly used the medium of technology to simply and easily explain what it is to have a friend to have this mystery condition,” he said.

The official book launch will be on Sunday at the Katherine Susannah Pritchard writers centre at 1pm.