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A coming-of-age middle-grade graphic novel featuring a girl with severe allergies who just wants to find the perfect pet! At home, Maggie is the odd one out. Her parents are preoccupied with getting ready for a new baby, and her younger brothers are twins and always in their own world. Maggie loves animals and thinks a new puppy to call her own is the answer, but when she g A coming-of-age middle-grade graphic novel featuring a girl with severe allergies who just wants to find the perfect pet! At home, Maggie is the odd one out. Her parents are preoccupied with getting ready for a new baby, and her younger brothers are twins and always in their own world. Maggie loves animals and thinks a new puppy to call her own is the answer, but when she goes to select one on her birthday, she breaks out in hives and rashes. She's severely allergic to anything with fur! Can Maggie outsmart her allergies and find the perfect pet? With illustrations by Michelle Mee Nutter, Megan Wagner Lloyd uses inspiration from her own experiences with allergies to tell a heartfelt story of family, friendship, and finding a place to belong.


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A coming-of-age middle-grade graphic novel featuring a girl with severe allergies who just wants to find the perfect pet! At home, Maggie is the odd one out. Her parents are preoccupied with getting ready for a new baby, and her younger brothers are twins and always in their own world. Maggie loves animals and thinks a new puppy to call her own is the answer, but when she g A coming-of-age middle-grade graphic novel featuring a girl with severe allergies who just wants to find the perfect pet! At home, Maggie is the odd one out. Her parents are preoccupied with getting ready for a new baby, and her younger brothers are twins and always in their own world. Maggie loves animals and thinks a new puppy to call her own is the answer, but when she goes to select one on her birthday, she breaks out in hives and rashes. She's severely allergic to anything with fur! Can Maggie outsmart her allergies and find the perfect pet? With illustrations by Michelle Mee Nutter, Megan Wagner Lloyd uses inspiration from her own experiences with allergies to tell a heartfelt story of family, friendship, and finding a place to belong.

30 review for Allergic: A Graphic Novel

  1. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    In Allergic, Maggie has a lot going on. Her family is expecting a new baby, and she is starting at a new school. On top of everything, she has just discovered she has some severe allergies. I'm glad that this book exists for kids out there who are dealing with allergies, but this book is so much more. It focuses on the broader theme of big changes in life and how to deal with them. I especially liked the mention of yoga and breathing techniques to help deal with big feelings. Both my kids enjoyed t In Allergic, Maggie has a lot going on. Her family is expecting a new baby, and she is starting at a new school. On top of everything, she has just discovered she has some severe allergies. I'm glad that this book exists for kids out there who are dealing with allergies, but this book is so much more. It focuses on the broader theme of big changes in life and how to deal with them. I especially liked the mention of yoga and breathing techniques to help deal with big feelings. Both my kids enjoyed this one as well. It's a fun read for the middle grade graphic novel readers out there.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Calista

    This is a book that my niece insisted I read. I believe she got it as a Christmas gift and she told me it was very good. She has asked if I read it daily since she finished it. So, I read it today. My niece has good taste. This is a great little story about a girl who absolutely loves animals. The twist is that she finds out she is severely allergic to any animal with feathers and fur and she is heartbroken. There is a lot going on in the book. Maggie is going to a new school and she has to make This is a book that my niece insisted I read. I believe she got it as a Christmas gift and she told me it was very good. She has asked if I read it daily since she finished it. So, I read it today. My niece has good taste. This is a great little story about a girl who absolutely loves animals. The twist is that she finds out she is severely allergic to any animal with feathers and fur and she is heartbroken. There is a lot going on in the book. Maggie is going to a new school and she has to make new friends and leave her old ones behind. Also, her mom is pregnant with a 4th sibling for her and she is overwhelmed by all the changes and what she can't have. She makes a new friend in a next door neighbor, but she seems to get everything she wants. This is about managing your emotions and learning to appreciate the things we have. Maggie has some big fights with several people in this story. I know this is for kids, but reading it, I find it brings up feelings in me. I avoid conflict and I do not like disagreements, much less fights with people. It's interesting to see such a simply example of how this all works. They deal with different kinds of allergies and people who have them. I think it's a great middle grade graphic novel for kids and a fun read. I feel for people allergic to animals or eggs. As a kid, they just put me down for 'allergic to everything' on my chart and told me not to change much about my life besides hypoallergenic pillows. Still, it never stopped me like this girl was stopped. I spent over 5 years getting weekly shots and they helped. Now, I rarely have allergies that do much. Anyway, this brought up some good issues and I'm glad Niece had me read it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Colby Sharp

    Kids are going to love this graphic novel.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Bookishrealm

    Check out my full review here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZzNj... Check out my full review here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZzNj...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Scottsdale Public Library

    This is more than just a story of a 5th grader who finds our she is allergic to all animals with feathers or fur; themes of friendship, family dynamics, and change are carried throughout this full-color graphic novel. The characters are well developed and as a reader you get even more a sense of everyone's personality through the graphics. Great graphic novel for upper-elementary readers. ~Diana F. This is more than just a story of a 5th grader who finds our she is allergic to all animals with feathers or fur; themes of friendship, family dynamics, and change are carried throughout this full-color graphic novel. The characters are well developed and as a reader you get even more a sense of everyone's personality through the graphics. Great graphic novel for upper-elementary readers. ~Diana F.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Darla

    There are pets all around the neighborhood, but none at Maggie's house. Before her new baby brother or sister comes, she hopes to have a dog of her own. They go to pick out a puppy and discover that Maggie is allergic to anything with fur or feathers. Maybe there is a pet that doesn't have fur or feathers for Maggie? She makes a list with nine possibilities, but none are right for her. Now what? Kids with allergies, even food-related, will appreciate Maggie's story. Kids who don't have allergies There are pets all around the neighborhood, but none at Maggie's house. Before her new baby brother or sister comes, she hopes to have a dog of her own. They go to pick out a puppy and discover that Maggie is allergic to anything with fur or feathers. Maybe there is a pet that doesn't have fur or feathers for Maggie? She makes a list with nine possibilities, but none are right for her. Now what? Kids with allergies, even food-related, will appreciate Maggie's story. Kids who don't have allergies will learn empathy for those who do. I loved the little details in this colorful graphic novel like the different yoga poses we see Maggie's mom doing and the calendar for counting down days to baby mouse separation. Hand this one to fans of Raina Telgemeier and Terri Libenson.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Cherlynn | cherreading

    ✨ "How could something that made me so happy make me so sick? It just wasn't right." An enjoyable graphic novel about a girl who wants a furry friend to love her (because her twin brothers have each other and her parents are busy with their unborn baby) but is unfortunately allergic. I thought it was a rather heartwarming story about family and friendship. However, I am quite uncomfortable with some of the irresponsible messages this book seems to be sending about pet care and ownership. ❌ The prot ✨ "How could something that made me so happy make me so sick? It just wasn't right." An enjoyable graphic novel about a girl who wants a furry friend to love her (because her twin brothers have each other and her parents are busy with their unborn baby) but is unfortunately allergic. I thought it was a rather heartwarming story about family and friendship. However, I am quite uncomfortable with some of the irresponsible messages this book seems to be sending about pet care and ownership. ❌ The protagonist gets pets on a whim without prior research and her family seems to encourage this by letting her do as she pleases. After she is unable to get a dog due to her allergy (thank goodness her family is shown visiting an animal rescue and not a pet store), she goes on to get: 1. A fish, which dies 2. A lizard, that ends up being her brothers' 3. A hermit crab, which she does not like because it's not furry and doesn't 'move' When the protagonist says she is going to get a tortoise, her mother replies, 'I love your enthusiasm, but we can't commit to caring for a pet for long.' Say what?! So a dog is somehow not a lifelong commitment? What about her unborn child? ❌ I am against the idea of class pets, particularly in a class of young children. Spots the guinea pig was shown as a lone animal in a small bar cage. Anyone with basic knowledge of guinea pigs would know that they are social creatures who must be housed in pairs or more. It is also irresponsible of the teacher to simply get a class pet without knowing the one of his students are allergic. ❌ Likewise, mice are highly social creatures that should be housed together. Females in particular are known to be become lonely and depressed if housed alone. The protagonist's mouse is not only female but pregnant without her knowledge. ❌ I am on the fence about buying animals from pet stores but in this instance, the pet store sells a pregnant mouse to a young child without any parental consent. The mouse ends up giving birth to 11 pups, and all 12 creatures are returned to the pet store after the protagonist's parents find out. All parties involved (parents included) are equally irresponsible but nothing was ever mentioned about the mice again. Way to reinforce the impression that pets are mere commodities that can be returned at your whim instead of a lifelong commitment that require time and money. Please do proper research before writing about animals. Authors have a part in educating readers especially if your book is going to be published and distributed to thousands of readers across the globe.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    Already suffering anxiety about her mother's pregnancy, the feeling of being left out by the strong bond between her twin brothers, and the first day at a new school where she has no friends, 10-year-old Maggie Wilson is wrecked when she finds out how the universe just keeps piling it on: her big plan for a birthday puppy is a big no-go when she finds out she is extremely allergic to animal dander. Lots of good information about allergies and how they can affect one's life is worked into the stor Already suffering anxiety about her mother's pregnancy, the feeling of being left out by the strong bond between her twin brothers, and the first day at a new school where she has no friends, 10-year-old Maggie Wilson is wrecked when she finds out how the universe just keeps piling it on: her big plan for a birthday puppy is a big no-go when she finds out she is extremely allergic to animal dander. Lots of good information about allergies and how they can affect one's life is worked into the story in an entertaining manner. Maggie shows lots of personality and kept me engaged with the story even when the pacing got a little slow and the ending sort of petered out. Side note: I was surprised at how distracting I found the variable size of the lettering. It grew or shrunk to fit the space assigned to it, sometimes giving us balloons on the same page with very large and very small text, something I would normally associate with trying to give different emotional values to the words, but here just meaning there was more free space available in the art, because the panels also varied randomly from very small to very large from page to page.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mary BookHounds

    Maggie feels that everyone in her family is too busy to pay any attention to her since her family is expecting a new baby and her twin brothers only seem to communicate with themselves.  She decides that the family needs a dog which Maggie has planned to take sole custody of once she can get one on her birthday.  The big day arrives and Maggie finds the perfect dog but she ends up in hives and her eyes swollen shut.  After a visit to the doctor, anything with fur or feathers is ruled out as a pe Maggie feels that everyone in her family is too busy to pay any attention to her since her family is expecting a new baby and her twin brothers only seem to communicate with themselves.  She decides that the family needs a dog which Maggie has planned to take sole custody of once she can get one on her birthday.  The big day arrives and Maggie finds the perfect dog but she ends up in hives and her eyes swollen shut.  After a visit to the doctor, anything with fur or feathers is ruled out as a pet.   With this huge disappointment, Maggie is determined to find a pet that she can have.  This girl is resilient beyond her years and helps teach others how to act responsibly and work to find a solution to her problem. The graphics perfectly illustrate Maggie's frustration and how she works through it to find something that will work for her  I think this story will be a wonderful teaching moment on how to deal with disappointment.  

  10. 4 out of 5

    Afoma (Reading Middle Grade)

    Allergic is a sweet, realistic depiction of what it’s like to suffer from allergies. This graphic novel features stunning illustrations, a lovable protagonist, and a rambunctious family. Among other things, readers will feel Maggie’s strong love for animals, the complex emotions of nurturing a friendship despite differences, and the struggle to find one’s place at home as a tween. I loved this one and would definitely recommend it. Read my full review on my blog. Many thanks to Scholastic for a fr Allergic is a sweet, realistic depiction of what it’s like to suffer from allergies. This graphic novel features stunning illustrations, a lovable protagonist, and a rambunctious family. Among other things, readers will feel Maggie’s strong love for animals, the complex emotions of nurturing a friendship despite differences, and the struggle to find one’s place at home as a tween. I loved this one and would definitely recommend it. Read my full review on my blog. Many thanks to Scholastic for a free copy of this graphic novel.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Anniek

    I bought this kind of randomly because it was on sale, but I absolutely adored this. It's middlegrade at its best: emotionally hard-hitting and so heartwarming. I bought this kind of randomly because it was on sale, but I absolutely adored this. It's middlegrade at its best: emotionally hard-hitting and so heartwarming.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Hilda

    What a great book to read about allergies. It explains it so well. I’m honestly very impressed. It was explained by the doctors and nurses and it took it all the way from allergy to testing to medicine. It was so good. This story follows Maggie. Maggie has always wanted a furry pet and on her 10th birthday and best day of her life tragedy strikes. She’s allergic. Not just a little. Full blown, full body, eyes closing allergic. So what does she do, what any kid would do. Tries and tries again to What a great book to read about allergies. It explains it so well. I’m honestly very impressed. It was explained by the doctors and nurses and it took it all the way from allergy to testing to medicine. It was so good. This story follows Maggie. Maggie has always wanted a furry pet and on her 10th birthday and best day of her life tragedy strikes. She’s allergic. Not just a little. Full blown, full body, eyes closing allergic. So what does she do, what any kid would do. Tries and tries again to find the perfect pet. But it doesn’t quite work out and I loved all of that. What I didn’t appreciate was the emotional warfare she had with her “best” friend when she got upset at her. She’d lash out so much and make her friend cry. It was so upsetting. And her poor friend would take it every time. If I read it to my students I’ll definitely talk to them about using kind words and how actions have consequences. If you continue to be mean to a friend don’t be surprised when they don’t want to be your friend anymore. It was still super cute. I really enjoyed her family and how her parents even with the baby coming were very aware of her anxiety. They kept working on breathing techniques. Honestly, it’s a very good book. Even with the whole emotional lashing out. I get it. And it’s the perfect platform to talk about why that’s not okay.

  13. 4 out of 5

    The Nerd Daily

    Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Mimi Koehler Beautiful illustrations and a coming-of-age story that aptly elicits the fears of growing up band together can be found in Megan Wagner Lloyd and Michelle Mee Nutter’s graphic novel, Allergic. We follow Maggie, a young girl who wants nothing more than a dog for a pet, only to learn – on her birthday, no less – that she’s highly allergic to dog hair…and pretty much every other type of fur. Understandingly crushed, she is still determi Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Mimi Koehler Beautiful illustrations and a coming-of-age story that aptly elicits the fears of growing up band together can be found in Megan Wagner Lloyd and Michelle Mee Nutter’s graphic novel, Allergic. We follow Maggie, a young girl who wants nothing more than a dog for a pet, only to learn – on her birthday, no less – that she’s highly allergic to dog hair…and pretty much every other type of fur. Understandingly crushed, she is still determined to find a pet that she won’t be allergic to and thus, Maggie goes on the search of finding her perfect companion, with loads of mishaps and some unexpected obstacles thrown into the mix. Read the FULL REVIEW on The Nerd Daily

  14. 5 out of 5

    Cody Roecker

    Cannot WAIT to sell this adorable graphic novel

  15. 4 out of 5

    Meredith Ann

    ARC courtesy of Edelweiss. A really sweet graphic novel about Maggie, a young girl who is facing multiple changes all at once. As a kid who had allergies, I wish I had a book like this to help me better understand and explain why I should keep up with my shots. The interweaving of the changes works really nicely - even though Maggie's allergies are the main plot point, others are explored and given space too. This also is a recommended read for kids dealing with a new sibling on the way - anothe ARC courtesy of Edelweiss. A really sweet graphic novel about Maggie, a young girl who is facing multiple changes all at once. As a kid who had allergies, I wish I had a book like this to help me better understand and explain why I should keep up with my shots. The interweaving of the changes works really nicely - even though Maggie's allergies are the main plot point, others are explored and given space too. This also is a recommended read for kids dealing with a new sibling on the way - another reason I wish this had been there when I was going through the same thing at that age! The art is colorful and realistic, really helping advance the plot along.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kate Olson

    An absolutely perfect middle grade graphic novel about allergies, but also about going to a new school and getting a new baby sibling. This is going to be a hit in my elementary school and will resonate with so many kids. It will also be a great educational tool for helping kids understand why they or their friends have allergies, and the types of treatments available and precautions that must be taken. The MC (Maggie) is 10 years old and in 5th grade.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Bridget

    Poor Maggie, so incredibly desperate for a puppy, but when finally allowed to get one, she is severely allergic to it. She is taken for allergy testing and it turns out she is all horribly allergic to anything with feathers or fur. She is so sad. She feels so alone, a new baby is about to join their family, so her parents are occupied with that big family event, and her younger brothers are twins and spend all the time together. She's changed schools and left all her old friends behind. A puppy, Poor Maggie, so incredibly desperate for a puppy, but when finally allowed to get one, she is severely allergic to it. She is taken for allergy testing and it turns out she is all horribly allergic to anything with feathers or fur. She is so sad. She feels so alone, a new baby is about to join their family, so her parents are occupied with that big family event, and her younger brothers are twins and spend all the time together. She's changed schools and left all her old friends behind. A puppy, or any furry pet would have been great company for her. Luckily there is a new friend just waiting to be discovered, someone she can be with, who shares her interests and who is great fun. But then her friend gets a puppy! Oh no! Loved this incredibly cute graphic novel for middle school students. It'll warm your heart, tweek at your heartstrings and appeal to all the millions of Raina Telgemeier fans.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Maryalice

    With younger twin brothers and a new baby on the way, Maggie feels alone in her loving family. She's convinced her parents, who are preoccupied with baby names and other preparations, to let her adopt a puppy that will be her own. Maggie has been looking forward to her tenth birthday for a long time, since this is the day she gets her perfect pet. At the animal shelter, however, Maggie breaks out into a severe rash, and she learns that she's allergic to anything with fur. So much for her puppy. With younger twin brothers and a new baby on the way, Maggie feels alone in her loving family. She's convinced her parents, who are preoccupied with baby names and other preparations, to let her adopt a puppy that will be her own. Maggie has been looking forward to her tenth birthday for a long time, since this is the day she gets her perfect pet. At the animal shelter, however, Maggie breaks out into a severe rash, and she learns that she's allergic to anything with fur. So much for her puppy. Devastated, but determined to find the perfect pet, Maggie begins research, as she works her way through allergy shots and makes a new friend. Told in colorful graphic panels, readers will enjoy Maggie's attempts at finding a perfect pet and will appreciate her frustration when things go awry with her new friend. THOUGHTS: Readers with any allergies, but especially those allergic to pets, will felt represented in this cute graphic novel. A great addition to elementary and middle grade collections.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mid-Continent Public Library

    There are pets all around the neighborhood, but none at Maggie's house. Before her new baby brother or sister comes, she hopes to have a dog of her own. They go to pick out a puppy and discover that Maggie is allergic to anything with fur or feathers. Maybe there is a pet that doesn't have fur or feathers for Maggie? She makes a list with nine possibilities, but none are right for her. Now what? Kids with allergies, even food-related, will appreciate Maggie's story. Kids who don't have allergies There are pets all around the neighborhood, but none at Maggie's house. Before her new baby brother or sister comes, she hopes to have a dog of her own. They go to pick out a puppy and discover that Maggie is allergic to anything with fur or feathers. Maybe there is a pet that doesn't have fur or feathers for Maggie? She makes a list with nine possibilities, but none are right for her. Now what? Kids with allergies, even food-related, will appreciate Maggie's story. Kids who don't have allergies will learn empathy for those who do. I loved the little details in this colorful graphic novel like the different yoga poses we see Maggie's mom doing and the calendar for counting down days to baby mouse separation. Hand this one to fans of Raina Telgemeier and Terri Libenson. *Review by Darla from Red Bridge*

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tara Ethridge

    I've been waiting (not-so-patiently!) for this graphic novel to come out bc it is my favorite kind of graphic, as well as the favorite of most kids. Anything about growing up and struggles resonates so deeply, and this is amazing bc it deals with allergies in such a relatable way. Maggie can't wait to be ten so she can get her first puppy, but she realizes within minutes that she has a severe allergy to dogs and then all pets. And, so begins her Pet Quest to find a pet that works for her. Along I've been waiting (not-so-patiently!) for this graphic novel to come out bc it is my favorite kind of graphic, as well as the favorite of most kids. Anything about growing up and struggles resonates so deeply, and this is amazing bc it deals with allergies in such a relatable way. Maggie can't wait to be ten so she can get her first puppy, but she realizes within minutes that she has a severe allergy to dogs and then all pets. And, so begins her Pet Quest to find a pet that works for her. Along the way, she makes a new friend, makes a big mistake and learns to deal with her allergy. An added bonus is that this book teaches others about kids with allergies and even getting allergy shots. The pictures are amazing and so is the story. I'm glad I grabbed this first to read bc I know it will never again be on our library shelf!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ana LibrariAna

    A sweet, sweet graphic novel about a girl who REALLY wants a dog. Her parents are preoccupied with a baby-on-the-way, and her twin brothers have each other. The dog she is about o get for her tenth birthday will be just hers and will love her the most. On her birthday, the whole family goes to the dog shelter where she finds the perfect puppy but then breaks out in rashes and hives. She ends up being severely allergic to anything with fur... A great story about allergies, starting a new school, b A sweet, sweet graphic novel about a girl who REALLY wants a dog. Her parents are preoccupied with a baby-on-the-way, and her twin brothers have each other. The dog she is about o get for her tenth birthday will be just hers and will love her the most. On her birthday, the whole family goes to the dog shelter where she finds the perfect puppy but then breaks out in rashes and hives. She ends up being severely allergic to anything with fur... A great story about allergies, starting a new school, baby on the way, friendship, pets, family dynamic and so much more. Great story, great illustrations, great characters, great message. A great book to read and have in libraries.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    This graphic novel is a great introduction for kids to learn about allergies in a story-based way. As someone who has been through it, I can say that the whole process of identifying and treating allergies is very accurate, and Maggie handles it about as well as any middle schooler might. I also loved that there was more to the story with changing friendships and family dynamics as well. Plus the illustration style is cute and vibrantly colored—there’s a lot to love!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mary Thomas

    What a cute book! This is definitely a storyline that I haven’t seen in MG, and it’s great that it’s I. A visual format! This will be such a help to young folks who are learning of allergies or feeling anxious about shots and treatments for that. I love the representation of the multiracial family and normalizing having friends that aren’t in the MC’s same grade. This will most likely get a spot on my rising 6th grader summer reading list!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Steph

    Maggie has a lot going on! A new baby sibling on the way, a new school, & new friendships, too. At least she can finally get a puppy... right?! 🐶🐾🤧 Allergic by Megan Wagner Lloyd & Michelle Mee Nutter is a graphic novel kids of all ages will adore! Releases 03.02.21!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Read this with a 7 year old, and we both loved it. Written in a way that is informative, yet easy for kids to understand and connect with. So many lessons in this one; life, family, and friendships. It tugged at my heart strings quite a few times.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Hayden

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. She is allergic to fur and feathers which breaks her but then she finds her love of ocean animals and it makes me cry how she finds her animals.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mehsi

    I received this book from Edelweiss/publisher in exchange of an honest review. I have quite hyped about this book for some time. Imagine my delight when I was chosen to participate in the blog tour + I got an ecopy of the book to read. This book feels like it will hit quite close home for me. A girl with tons of allergies, from food to animals to plants/pollen. There are enough non-fiction books about allergies, but there are not so many books for either children or adults featuring an MC with al I received this book from Edelweiss/publisher in exchange of an honest review. I have quite hyped about this book for some time. Imagine my delight when I was chosen to participate in the blog tour + I got an ecopy of the book to read. This book feels like it will hit quite close home for me. A girl with tons of allergies, from food to animals to plants/pollen. There are enough non-fiction books about allergies, but there are not so many books for either children or adults featuring an MC with allergies in fiction setting. I remember being a kid and classmates and friends having pets in all sorts of forms (which didn’t make visiting them easy), in the meantime my first pet was for years fishes. After that I tried hamsters and mice, which made my allergies flare up (some times more than others), but I just wanted something that I could also play with and cuddle with. These days I have hamsters and yes, my allergies flare up at times, feeling itchy, out of breath, sneezing, and more, but is it worth it? Yes. I got some cute babies, and I will take the consequences. My favourite pet, cats, well never going to happen, with medicines and all that I feel crappy but I can live, but medicines won’t save me 100% of the time. And riding a horse, something I have always wanted since I was a kid. Never going to happen. Not only the horse would give allergies, but also the dust of the place it stays in, the hay, and other things. 🙁 I thankfully later found out that my allergy for dogs is way less than for instance cats, so if I wanted I could get a dog… I am still not 100% about that given that I get reactions to my hamsters. Haha, but maybe I will just go for it. Thankfully, I got a husband so he could do some chores that may trigger allergies (like brushing). And now let’s go to my review for the book. I just wanted to add something personal to the book since it hits so close home. My lord, I cannot imagine finding out the day you get a dog that you have allergies! OMG, that poor girl. I wonder how she never came into contact with other animals, dogs especially, so many people got dogs after all. I mean, my allergies have been found out quite early, so I was quite surprised she was 10 and didn’t know about them. But my heart just broke seeing her get the same reaction as I did to a lot of animals, I could really feel her pain. 🙁 And then came the test, poor thing was hoping so hard.. 🙁 We see her go on pet quests, yep, this girl is not so quick on giving up a life with pets. I love seeing her list, though the quest made me sad given how things went. But I was proud that she kept trying and I loved the animals on her list! I didn’t even know about allergy shots! I am reading up on that as I was curious about this shot, and apparently generally here it is just stated to avoid animals/sources of allergy, take meds (pills, eye drops, nose spray). Which sounds indeed like the advice I have gotten throughout my life. I never gotten the offer for shots or heard about shots to lessen allergies. Reading some more, it seems apparently they don’t give shots easily because it can cause a lot of side effects and doesn’t always work correctly. OH, and since I have asthma I cannot even get the shots/immunotherapy stuff. OK. Well, I guess that makes sense. Well, so I learned something new in allergy land thanks to this book. I think it is interesting that in the US they just give shots, while here they don’t do that so easily. I liked how she made friends with two people, OK, Claire I had some issues with but for most she was a good character. (view spoiler)[I found Claire quite rude and hurtful at points in the book. HELLO? You new friend tells you about her allergy. Yes, she is getting shots, but from what I see it doesn’t mean it is instantly cured. And it won’t even cure everything, it just makes you less allergic/makes your body get used to things. Seriously. I get these are kids, but hello, a bit of research or even empathy and you would have understood why Maggie is so angry and hurt. Plus, how would you feel if you know you CAN’T have a dog, confide in your friend about it, and she just gets a dog like it is normal. Would you be happy? Later on she finally understood and she became a much better character. Um, sorry? In the US you can just buy a pet even though you are a minor? WTF? Also mice need to have a friend. They get lonely. I was pretty angry at Maggie. I get that she wants a pet, oh yes I understand given I have been through the same, but this? This is just bad and made me very pissed off. Again, I get she is a kid, but I found it highly irresponsible and I wondered why her parents didn’t just go into her room to check for things, privacy be damned. Not to mention, due to this her allergy therapy was changed… WTF? I just wanted to flip some tables. I am sorry, again, I get her feelings, I understand she wants a pet, but this just didn’t make me happy. Not at all. God. (hide spoiler)] Why did the teacher do that? I mean it is in her freaking file? I thought in America they were so hyped about that sort of thing? I mean from what I see in other books/tv shows/etc., so this was just weird. Plus, it made her class not like her, which just had me feeling angry and also sad. It is not her fault she is allergic, the teacher should have handled that WAY better. But the rest of the book made me smile! I really loved those last pages after that dramarama. Those were cute, hopeful, fun, and oh my gosh Maggie’s baby sibling is adorable! The art was really pretty and I love how, despite not all the pages have dialogue or text, you could easily see the story and all that happened on the pages. The illustrations tell the story perfectly. All in all, despite some frustrations, I loved reading this book and I would definitely recommend it to people with allergies or those interested in allergies. I am glad that we are getting books about allergies that aren’t 100% non-fiction or close to that number.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Tammy

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  29. 4 out of 5

    Keisha | A Book Like You

    This one tugged at my heart strings!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Molly Ferguson

    This was an adorable, fast read, and felt very realistic to emotions Maggie would be feeling. Even the childbirth was realistic. I kept calling out the cute and funny parts to my 10 year old.

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