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What's Up with Paulina? Medikidz Explain Food Allergy Paperback – 16 Sep 2009

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Medikidz Publishing (16 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906935068
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906935061
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 0.3 x 26.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 295,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Medikidz book on allergies is an excellent source of information for children with food allergies, explaining in a fun way exactly what happens during an allergic reaction. It can be an extremely frightening experience for a child and understanding what is happening to you can help make it less scary. --Allergy UK

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Dr. Kim Chilman-Blair is a medical doctor with 10 years experience of medical writing, and a passion for providing medical information that makes children want to learn. John Taddeo, formally of Marvel Entertainment, is a celebrated comic book writer and director of two award-winning animated-shorts. Peer reviewer Professor John Warner was recently elected to the position of Editor in Chief of the Journal of Paediatric Allergy. He is Director of Research for the Women and Children's Clinical Programme Group, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. Peer reviewer Anna Nowak-Wegrzyn is Assistant Professor at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine of New York University. She specialises in Paediatric Allergy and Immunology.

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Primarily I would recommend this to someone who has food allergies. Seeing as it is aimed at children, I would say that parents/carers are the most likely benefit from buying this book. Alternatively, if you are interested in graphic novels or comic books then this would also interest you, because the comics themselves are really well designed. There story is well spaced out and there aren't a lot of captions on each page, which makes it easy to read. Normally comic books can be aimed just at boys, but I would say this is a unisex book. The spine on the cover is pink which would attract girls. Plus the main character is a girl as well. The story focuses on Paulina, who has the a nut allergy. Her school friend hands out cupcakes but Paulina an allergic reaction...then it's Medikidz to the rescue! There are five superheroes - Pump, Chi, Axon (he comes with his own pet brain), Gastro and Skinderella. They take her and her school friend on a tour around 'Mediland' which is a replica of the human body. They have some really good analogies for example the immune system is like a small army who 'defeat' the parasites' in your body. They explain why you get a food allergy in really easy terms...to quote Skinderella 'In someone with food allergy, the army gets confused' this is such a direct and simple way of explaining it. The highlight of the book has to be the use of the character 'Anna Phylaxis' who is actually personified as a female villain. Again, a direct yet simple way to highlight the dangers of an anaphylactic shock to kids. It also highlights how important it is to take the correct medication. By having Paulina's friend involved as well, it is also reaching out to friends of kids with allergies, so that they have knowledge about it as well. For anyone who has kids or young relatives with any type of food allergy then this is worth a look.
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The cover on this is very bright and eye catching.
Medikidz explain Food Allergy by traveling around Mediland, a planet shaped like a body. This particular comic has Paulina and her friend traveling with the Medikidz to find out how and why Paulina's body reacts as it when she accidentally eats something with peanuts in. The comic is packed with information, in a fun and interesting way readers are told how adrenaline is used and introduced to Anna Phylaxis, the towering purple coated character on the cover.

Shaun could still be heard giggling following Gastro's antics, and he came away feeling he knew more about Food Allergy. Our youngest has a reaction to diary, so this made for an interesting and helpful read as a parent. The information is given in a fun and down to earth way at a level children can understand and identify with. Shaun's favorite piece in this was when the secret army (immune system) came into the comic to help rid the body of unwanted germs.

Disclaimer: A loaned copy of this was received in exchange for an honest review.
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