Today I am excited to be featuring the book Allergic by Megan Wagner Lloyd & Michelle Mee Nutter on the Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours! I am sharing our thoughts about the book, as well as a giveaway, so be sure to read on. This post contains affiliate links, so if you use them and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission.
About The Book:
Author: Megan Wagner Lloyd & Michelle Mee Nutter
Genre: Middle Grade Graphic Novel
Publisher: Graphix, 3/2/21
Source: Rockstar Book Tours
Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Kindle, Audible, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBD, Bookshop.org
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.
Praise for Allergic:
“Maggie’s inventiveness as she overcomes these trials is showcased through Lloyd’s captivating narrative and Nutter’s bright and dynamic illustrations. The story provides insight into the lives of those with allergies and the accommodations needed to avoid serious episodes … A heartachingly enjoyable tale of resilience.” — KIRKUS REVIEWS, starred review
“Readers will root for this realistic and relatable fifth grader, who’s capable of kindness well as envy and self-doubt. Lloyd folds in information about allergy tests, anaphylaxis, EpiPens, and other facts that Maggie and her friend Sebastian, who also has allergies, recite to each other. Layouts rely on three to four large panels per page, creating a smooth visual flow; Nutter’s muted, uncluttered art has a cozy feel … Maggie makes new pals here—she’ll find even more friends in elementary and middle school libraries, where readers will easily identify with her trials and accomplishments.” – SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
“A fun and entertaining story.” — BLEEDING COOL
“The perfect graphic novel for kids of all ages.” — FROLIC
“Allergic is the sweetest story you’ll read all year. A touching chronicle of a young girl’s severe allergies woven into a meaningful journey of friendship, family, and self-discovery.” — Terri Libenson, New York Times bestselling author of Invisible Emmie
MEGAN WAGNER LLOYD is the author of several picture books, including Paper Mice, Building Books, Finding Wild, and A Fort-Building Time. She lives in the Washington DC area. Visit her online at meganwagnerlloyd.com.
MICHELLE MEE NUTTER graduated with a BFA in Illustration from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Her work has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators, 3×3 Illustration, Creative Quarterly, and more. Michelle lives in Boston. Visit her online at michellemee.com.
We have not received a print copy of this book yet, and reading it on my kindle is a little more difficult, with it not having color, etc. However, Simon can definitely relate to the age of the main character and the desire for a pet! I am pretty sure Zachary will want to read this as well, as anything graphic novel appeals to him, no matter what age the book is meant for.
I like the idea of a book about a child with allergies, as this is not something you often see addressed in books. It must be very disappointing for a child who wants a pet to realize she cannot get one due to her allergies. I also appreciate that this book is about a child’s place in her family, and it seems that it has a good lesson about Maggie feeling alone, but ultimately discovering that she is not.
3 Winners will receive a copy of Allergic, US only.
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