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Backwards: The Riddle of Dyslexia

Brian Ellsworth

Robby Ellsworth
Rio's Attic: Celebrating the Life and Times of a Dearly Missed River Phoenix

Backwards: The Riddle of Dyslexia

Brian, can you read this? I can't figure out some of the words.

Is it a schoolbook?

No. Mom used to read it to me.

You don't want to hear about bunnies! How about if I tell you a story? Let's see. Once upon a time...

there was...

there was a little bitty runt of a kid, and his name was...


You peeked! That was his name alright, and Robbie had a big, gigantic, strong, powerful, humungous brother and this humungous, powerful brother, Brian, had a secret.


He wouldn't tell anyone what it was.


Because it's not a secret if you tell anyone!

But he'd tell his brother.

No, he wouldn't.

Make it so he tells his brother, Brian! What was his secret?

You wanna tell this story? All right, go ahead!

No, you tell it! Only, tell what the secret was!

This big, gigantic, powerful brother Brian was...


...a dumbbell!

No he wasn't, he was real smart. He was smarter than anyone else in the whole world!

I've got some homework to do, Robbie.

Will you finish the story later?

Yeah. Do you know why?


'cos you're such a good kid.

Why am I such a dumbbell? Why can't I be like other people?

Leaf Phoenix as Robbie Ellsworth and River Phoenix as Brian Ellsworth in Backwards: The Riddle of Dyslexia.

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