When I saw she wrote and illustrated a children's book late last year, I couldn't be happier for her. I was also excited to read it. Cilie Yack is Under Attack: A story about a boy with celiac disease is about an Irish boy named Cilie who is nine years old and living with celiac disease. The book is a chapter book for children at a 4th grade reading level and is told from Cilie's point of view. Described as "a story about how one boy triumphs against all odds...", Cilie touches on his life prior to being diagnosed, his relationships with his family and friends, life at school, Irish culture, and much more.
|Cilie have a gluten reaction.|
This book was a joy to read. I found Cilie to be adorable and very realistic. His constant rambling and getting off topic is exactly like children I know. He's so filled with knowledge of celiac disease at his young age, and it's so sweet to see him not only "deal with it", but to help other kids going through the same thing. He's such a likable character, and what's even better is that there is a real life, Cilie Yack Sous Chef Club For Kids!
Author, Caryn Talty, not only knew of the importance of writing this book for her son, but also that there be a place for kids with food allergies to get together and learn to cook gluten/allergy free and have the support from each other. With more and more kids being diagnosed with celiac, gluten intolerance, or a food allergy, it's pretty common for more than one student in a classroom to be on a special diet. Not only that, but it's also very challenging for grade school kids to participate and feel accepted when food is being served. Pizza parties, birthday cake, buying a "hot lunch" at school, even innocent classroom treats are off limits. The Cilie Yack Sous Club for Kids gives kids confidence in their diets by seeing that there are others who eat the same way they do. They are also learning to cook gluten free meals and have fun while doing so.
|Cilie and his father trying to figure out how to bake with gluten free ingredients.|
Right now Cilie Yack is Under Attack: A story about a boy with celiac disease is on sale at Amazon.com for a little more than $9, and if you have Amazon prime it also includes free shipping.
If you purchase it through the author website the list price is $12.95, but is on sale with a special discount code just for Gluten Free Betsy readers. With this code: LUN8VZTF you will get a phenomenal 40% off the cover price, costing only $7.77 plus shipping. The deal will expire on March 15, so beware of the ides of March, because after that date the book's price will go back to $12.95.
Either route, I encourage you to purchase an additional copy to donate to your local library or your child's school.
Now for the great giveaway!! Want to introduce Cilie Yack to your grade school kid? Caryn Talty has offered to donate a copy to one of my lucky readers.
MANDATORY: leave a comment in the comment section below with your most compelling allergy story. What are your child's class parties like? What are their allergic reactions like? How has your child embraced their celiac disease or food intolerance? How would you educate your child's school or the other parents? Leave your comment below.
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All entries must be received by Thursday, March 10th and a winner will be chosen by random and announced on Friday, March 11th and their book will be sent just in time for St. Patrick's Day! Thanks and good luck!
|Cilie and his dog, Buddy.|