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A coming-of-age middle grade story 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 the new baby they're expecting, and her younger brothers are twins and always in their own world. Maggie thinks a new puppy is the answer, but when she goes to select one on her birthday, she b A coming-of-age middle grade story 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 the new baby they're expecting, and her younger brothers are twins and always in their own world. Maggie thinks a new puppy 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 draws on 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 story 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 the new baby they're expecting, and her younger brothers are twins and always in their own world. Maggie thinks a new puppy is the answer, but when she goes to select one on her birthday, she b A coming-of-age middle grade story 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 the new baby they're expecting, and her younger brothers are twins and always in their own world. Maggie thinks a new puppy 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 draws on her own experiences with allergies to tell a heartfelt story of family, friendship, and finding a place to belong.

30 review for Allergic (Unabridged edition)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Colby Sharp

    Kids are going to love this graphic novel.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    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.  

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus Maggie has always wanted a dog. Her younger brothers Liam and Noah have each other, and her parents are expecting another baby, so she wants something that is just hers. The family goes to an animal shelter to adopt, and even finds a dog that is just perfect, but Maggie has such a bad allergic reaction that she breaks out in hives and her eyes close shut. She visits the doctor, and has to go for allergy testing, but the dog adoption is put on hold. Maggie ends up E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus Maggie has always wanted a dog. Her younger brothers Liam and Noah have each other, and her parents are expecting another baby, so she wants something that is just hers. The family goes to an animal shelter to adopt, and even finds a dog that is just perfect, but Maggie has such a bad allergic reaction that she breaks out in hives and her eyes close shut. She visits the doctor, and has to go for allergy testing, but the dog adoption is put on hold. Maggie ends up being very allergic to anything with feathers or fur, which is devastating to someone who wanted to become a vet! She investigates other animals, but none of them workout well. Luckily, there is a girls who moves in next door. Maggie's family hasn't lived in town long, and she and Claire hit it off right away even though Claire is a year older and in 6th grade. They spend lots of time together, usually at Claire's house, since she is an only child and her father is fairly indulgent with activities, such as making cupcakes or pillow forts, activities that would be too chaotic in Maggie's already busy house. When Claire gets a dog, however, Maggie is angry and refuses to speak to Claire. She ends up being befriended by a boy at school who has food allergies, which helps Maggie deal with her own allergies. The girls make up, and Claire helps Maggie sneak a mouse into her room. Maggie is allergic even to the tiny mouse, and when it has babies, that makes matters even worse. She has asked for a lock for her door, and so goes undetected for a while, but eventually her brothers rat her out. Her parents, already stressed by the rapidly approaching due date for their baby, take the mouse back to the pet shop. Will Maggie be able to make her peace with her new sister and find a new interest in life? Strengths: This was very well done and will be hugely popular with fans of Raina Telgemeier's similarly anxious graphic novels. 5th grade is definitely a year when many students pine for pets (my daughter was in 6th grade when we adopted Sylvie), and readers will sympathize with Maggie's disappointment. There are a few students every year who end up with baby siblings, so that was good to see as well. Friend drama is always popular, and Claire and Maggie's relationship was well drawn. There was an especially touching scene with Maggie and one of her young brothers. Definitely purchasing one, if not two, copies! Weaknesses: Maggie's grandmother, with her gray bun, dresses, round figure, and shawl like collars, looked a lot like MY own grandmother-- who would be 127 if she were alive today. I liked the fact that Maggie was darker skinned than her father, but would have been glad to have a more concrete ethnic heritage cited. What I really think: There are not a lot of middle grade books dealing with allergies, and I would love to see more. I love that there is a depiction of an EpiPen. This is definitely something we see a lot in the student population, and including an asthma diagnosis would not go amiss! (I've had cross country runners violently allergic to contact with grass. That was interesting!) Looking forward to anything that these two artists do in the future.

  4. 5 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

  5. 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!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tammy

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  7. 4 out of 5

    Cody Roecker

    Cannot WAIT to sell this adorable graphic novel

  8. 5 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.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Keisha | A Book Like You

    This one tugged at my heart strings!

  10. 4 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.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jenna Rideout

    I was granted eARC access to Allergic through Edelweiss as part of my participation in a blog tour for this title with Rockstar Book Tours. Thank you to all involved in affording me this opportunity! My thoughts are my own and my review is honest. Tour blog post: https://www.westveilpublishing.com/?p... Allergic is the story of Maggie, a fifth-grader about to start the school year at a new school who wants nothing more in the world than a puppy on her birthday. Her world comes crashing down when I was granted eARC access to Allergic through Edelweiss as part of my participation in a blog tour for this title with Rockstar Book Tours. Thank you to all involved in affording me this opportunity! My thoughts are my own and my review is honest. Tour blog post: https://www.westveilpublishing.com/?p... Allergic is the story of Maggie, a fifth-grader about to start the school year at a new school who wants nothing more in the world than a puppy on her birthday. Her world comes crashing down when she finds out that not only is she allergic to dogs, she's presumably allergic to all furry and feathered creatures. This limits her pet options significantly! Meanwhile at home Maggie's parents are preparing for the arrival of her newest younger sibling, and her twin younger brothers are always trying to find out what she's up to and spoil her fun. When Maggie makes friends with the new neighbour girl Claire, an only child living with her divorced dad who caters to her every whim, Maggie thinks Claire has it all and loves spending time next door at her house... until she gets a dog. First of all, the artwork throughout this book is an absolute joy to look at! I love the art style. The pictures alone tell a great deal of the story, which will make this book so much more accessible to many young readers, and they'll help hold the interest of the rest. I appreciate the choice to draw and colour Maggie, Claire, and their male classmate all as different racial backgrounds, yet the text doesn't bring any attention to this. This is great diversity representation and positive reinforcement by simply presenting it in a positive light without making it worthy of comment within the context of a story that's not at all about race. I have looked at a few other reviews (I often do that do decide if I want to read a book) and I saw a comment that Maggie's grandmother looks too white for Maggie's clearly mixed heritage. My first comment is skin tone varies! My second comment is what if she's the paternal grandmother? It's the mother who's darker in complexion like Maggie. I'm a mother, and I teared up several times reading this book. My heart broke for Maggie when she couldn't have pets, when she felt betrayed by Claire getting a pet despite knowing Maggie was allergic, when Maggie's various quests to obtain a pet anyway didn't work out, and when she worried that something could happen to her mom during childbirth and that no matter what things would never be the same. I also shed a few happy tears over tender moments between Maggie and her siblings. This is such a well written emotional roller coaster that teaches a lot more lessons than just the obvious ones about allergies! I very much love the fact that this is an interesting, engaging, full-length graphic novel for middle-grade readers that focuses on explaining and normalizing allergies, and walks through the journey of a kid learning to cope with the life-altering news that they have a severe allergy. A lot of kids are going to feel seen, and a lot of kids are going to better understand their friends, family members, and classmates. This book only made me stop and question anything three times. The biggest one being when Claire's father agreed to drive Claire and Maggie to the pet store on a whim. This is when I realized that he's fallen deep into the trap of "I owe it to my kid to agree to everything to keep her happy because divorce," and while this is so realistic and also potentially presents a great vehicle for having related discussion with kids, I hope young readers don't just idolize Claire's dad and give their parents too much trouble! Second, although hedgehog fell off Maggie's potential alternative pets list because they're illegal in California (really?) I must offer from personal experience that it is absolutely possible to be allergic to hedgehogs. I can't touch them! They're the only animal I'm allergic to. Third, and I know this could be an unedited proof thing that nobody's going to see to giggle at in the final copy, but Maggie's Mom is in maternity ward room 304... on the 2nd floor. (Coincidentally that's the floor the labour & delivery department is on at my local hospital, too.) Overall this is an amazingly well done middle-grade graphic novel and I would highly recommend this one to everyone interested in this sort of book and everyone buying books for kids at this reading level. It's fun, it reaches a lot of life lessons, and it's a neutral enough topic that it should apply to a wide range of young readers.

  12. 5 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? LOL ❌ 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.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Alicia

    A perfect middle grade graphic novel that highlights a situation that makes a kid 'different' and therefore nervous because all they want to do is blend in and be like everyone else-- but accepting yourself just the way you are is important and the obstacle to overcome. In this situation, the MC has an allergy to pet dander that she didn't know she had until she was ready to get a dog. Mom was getting a new baby, her twin brothers had each other, and she wanted something to love-- until she coul A perfect middle grade graphic novel that highlights a situation that makes a kid 'different' and therefore nervous because all they want to do is blend in and be like everyone else-- but accepting yourself just the way you are is important and the obstacle to overcome. In this situation, the MC has an allergy to pet dander that she didn't know she had until she was ready to get a dog. Mom was getting a new baby, her twin brothers had each other, and she wanted something to love-- until she couldn't. Then every other non-feathered non-furred animal didn't work out either. Enter a new friend that moves in, her new dog, and hiding a mouse in her bedroom and you've got the perfect recipe for an entertaining and humorous, but also serious issue book-- allergies. She meets another kid with an egg allergy. It's family-focused, upbeat, and in to problem-solving while celebrating that it's okay to be different because that's what makes us us.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Melanie Dulaney

    What a terrific graphic novel for readers in grades 3-6! Maggie’s struggle to accept her severe allergies to fur and feathers when owning a pet has been a goal forever is portrayed clearly and with great sensitivity. Adding to this unhappy reality for Maggie are the very real difficulties of adding a new baby to the family, starting a new school, and the attempt to find and keep new friends. Students will find much to enjoy in Lloyd’s book and might even learn something about allergies and there What a terrific graphic novel for readers in grades 3-6! Maggie’s struggle to accept her severe allergies to fur and feathers when owning a pet has been a goal forever is portrayed clearly and with great sensitivity. Adding to this unhappy reality for Maggie are the very real difficulties of adding a new baby to the family, starting a new school, and the attempt to find and keep new friends. Students will find much to enjoy in Lloyd’s book and might even learn something about allergies and therefore understand themselves or others just a little bit better. Artist Michelle Mee Nutter does a masterful job of creating realistic panels that pop off the page even in the black and white sections in the ARC that I was fortunate enough to read. “Allergic” is free from profanity, sexual content, and violence and is highly recommended for all types of libraries.

  15. 5 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!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Very delightful and charming realistic fiction graphic novel. I think my 4th and 5th grade students will love this. Also so many of them have allergies that I think this will be a comforting and relatable book for many. There's no magic answer for Maggie's severe pet allergy and it truly stinks that's she got it and can't have a dog. Her feelings and sadness are believable and understandable and her parents are super kind. How it all works out is very satisfying. A nice book. Very delightful and charming realistic fiction graphic novel. I think my 4th and 5th grade students will love this. Also so many of them have allergies that I think this will be a comforting and relatable book for many. There's no magic answer for Maggie's severe pet allergy and it truly stinks that's she got it and can't have a dog. Her feelings and sadness are believable and understandable and her parents are super kind. How it all works out is very satisfying. A nice book.

  17. 4 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!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sydney ✨

    This was so stinking cute. Kids are gonna love this. My heart ached for Maggie and her discovery of allergies. I can’t imagine! But the story was more than just allergies. Maggie deals with going to a new school and a new baby on the way in her busy household. Very wholesome.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Casey, with a book

    Very sweet! I felt so much for Maggie. I also loved her family and friendships. Leaves you with warm fuzzies

  20. 5 out of 5

    CJ

    Very cute graphic novel, perfect for fans of Smile and Guts!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Christi

    This will resonate with lots of kids

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jenn of The Bookish Society

    It's gonna be a Bookish Society Pick for Middle Grade probably in July. This is a great story about living with allergies and how to deal with the disappointment of changing your plans. It's gonna be a Bookish Society Pick for Middle Grade probably in July. This is a great story about living with allergies and how to deal with the disappointment of changing your plans.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie Grover

    What a sweet graphic novel! I liked the illustrations and the story. Although labeled middle-grade, I know a lot of students are going to enjoy this story. I’m sure many kids with allergies will find it to be familiar and for others, it will be a great window book. I am anxious to add it to our shelves.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    ARC courtesy of Edelweiss and Scholastic

  25. 5 out of 5

    Frank Chillura (OhYouRead)

    I am really happy that kids will have a Graphic Novel that explains animal allergies to a Middle Grade age group. My only real complaint is that after finishing this book, it’ll feel like there really is NO Animals that they can have, unless it’s a fish. After going through all of the allergy shots, all she ends up with is a fish. Seems so sad and unrealistic... or maybe it’s just realistic and disappointing.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Aa'Niyla

    For this last marking period I read Allergic by Megan Wagner Lloyd. I read the traditional copy of this book. I chose this book because it’s something I could kind of relate to. The genre of this book is graphic novel. The main characters in this book are Maggie, her mom, her dad, Liam, Noah, and Claire. The setting of the story takes place in a town in California. There are a few plot points I noticed throughout the book. When Maggie finds out that she’s allergic to all animals with fur her he For this last marking period I read Allergic by Megan Wagner Lloyd. I read the traditional copy of this book. I chose this book because it’s something I could kind of relate to. The genre of this book is graphic novel. The main characters in this book are Maggie, her mom, her dad, Liam, Noah, and Claire. The setting of the story takes place in a town in California. There are a few plot points I noticed throughout the book. When Maggie finds out that she’s allergic to all animals with fur her heart broke. It was her birthday and her parents promised her that she could get a dog. So they went to the shelter and looked at this one dog and Maggie got a private room with the dog. She started playing with the dog until she started to itch. Turns out it was an allergic reaction so her mom scheduled an allergy test to see what she was allergic to. So now that dog or any other furry pet she wanted she can't get now. Then another plot point is when Maggie gets into a fight with her new friend Claire. Claire is in the 6th grade and her and Maggie met after school because they’re neighbors. While Claire and Maggie are still in the process of getting to know each other Maggie mentions how she’s allergic to animals with fur especially dogs. Later on in their friendship Claire mentions to Maggie how her dad lets her get anything since they’re new to town. So Claire chose to get a dog and when Maggie found out she was pretty mad and pretty much avoided Claire. Later on in the story Maggie thought that a mouse wouldn’t give her an allergic reaction but when she got it she started to get sick and her parents had no idea she got the mouse so they just thought the shots she was getting from her doctor weren't working. As the days went on she found out her mouse was a female and was pregnant. The next morning when she woke up she saw her mouse had her babies already so that just made it harder for her to hide her allergies. When Maggie was at school her brothers Liam and Noah had snooped around in her room and found the Mice. That’s when they told their parents and her parents were disappointed. The last plot point I noticed was that Maggie and her brother Liam had a small sibling moment in the twins room. Liam wanted to know why Maggie hated him and Noah but turns out she didn’t and she explained to him that sometimes she just thinks that she has nobody of her own to hang out with like Liam and Noah do since they’re twins. Liam just interpreted the whole thing wrong. In the end I started to notice that things started getting better for Maggie. Since Maggie’s mom was pregnant and it was time for the baby to be born so Maggie’s mom went to the hospital. The next morning Claire comes over to check on Maggie and Claire ends up staying for breakfast. It was pretty fun cause they were playing with the whip cream and got to make their own pancakes. After breakfast Maggie, her brothers, and her grandma go to see the new baby girl. Maggie and baby bonded pretty well and they continued to bond. As time goes on Maggie continues to get her shots and gets great news from her doctor. Her doctor tells her that instead of getting her shots every week now she just has to get them every month. As baby June and Maggie start to bond more she realizes in the end that when June said she wanted to go to the aquarium that June was only helping her find a pet that has no fur and she’s not allergic to even though June is a baby. I would recommend this book to anybody who prefers graphic novels. If I had to choose which gender this book was made for I would move towards girls since the book is about a girl but I would also recommend it to both genders depending on if you can relate to being allergic to pets with fur. I finished the book pretty early so I would say I did a great job reading for this marking period. I do think that I could read more often and since I finished my book early and I have chosen another book so I can continue reading. If I could do anything to become a better reader I would make more time to read more often and really pay attention to the little things in the book because those little parts could be important.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Steve Tetreault

    What it's about: Maggie is turning 10, and she is finally going to get a dog! And it couldn't come at a better time. She's being sent to a new school where she knows no one. Her two younger brothers have each other to play with and focus on. Her parents are getting ready for a new baby to arrive. So Maggie's dog is going to be her steadfast companion. Unfortunately, when Maggie goes to pick out her dog, she starts to itch and sneeze and her eyes puff closed. And a trip to the allergist confirms t What it's about: Maggie is turning 10, and she is finally going to get a dog! And it couldn't come at a better time. She's being sent to a new school where she knows no one. Her two younger brothers have each other to play with and focus on. Her parents are getting ready for a new baby to arrive. So Maggie's dog is going to be her steadfast companion. Unfortunately, when Maggie goes to pick out her dog, she starts to itch and sneeze and her eyes puff closed. And a trip to the allergist confirms the worst: Maggie is allergic to pretty much all animals with "feathers or fur". Undaunted, Maggie comes up with a plan to find a pet that won't trigger her allergies. But her pet plot peters out pretty quickly. Maggie's hopes of being a veterinarian are snuffed out. To make matters even worse, not only does she not know anyone at her new school, but she also makes her class have to move the classroom pet. Any hope she had of making friends is now completely gone. But just as all hope seems lost, Maggie meets her new neighbor, Claire. The two become fast friends. But soon even this friendship hits a major snag. As Maggie tries to grapple with her allergy and how it impacts who she is, she wonders if she'll ever have a friend again. But maybe she's not alone in having allergies; and maybe there are other paths to follow into the future! What I thought: This was a surprisingly good story. It had a lot more going on than I would have credited it with. The art is enjoyable, and there are some great moments that will resonate with kids, especially those who suffer from any kind of allergies. Also, I really and truly loved the wonderful family dynamic on display with Maggie's family - particularly the way her parents are willing to listen to their children, admit when the children are right, and aren't afraid to be silly and have fun with their kids. It was really cute and wonderful! Why I rated it like I did: This book was cute, it offers kids a chance to see allergies as a medical issue that might afflict them or a friend, but which can be dealt with, and it seems to offer a bit of diversity in the characters; the children and one parent and grandparent seem to be brown rather than white, though their ethnicity is never specified (nor is it important to the story, providing a great bit of diversity while focusing on the similarity rather than difference between ethnicities). The story also shows that just because one particular interest doesn't work out doesn't mean there aren't alternatives that are just as good, and maybe better.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    This graphic novel is sure to delight kids regardless of whether they have allergies. But if they do, it’s bound to be even more fun since they will be able to relate to the story. Maggie Wilson thinks her 10th birthday is bound to be the perfect time to get a dog. Yes, she understands the dog will really belong to the whole family, but just having a pet is what matters. And after all, her twin brothers have each other, her parents will be busy with a new baby soon, so really the dog will be her This graphic novel is sure to delight kids regardless of whether they have allergies. But if they do, it’s bound to be even more fun since they will be able to relate to the story. Maggie Wilson thinks her 10th birthday is bound to be the perfect time to get a dog. Yes, she understands the dog will really belong to the whole family, but just having a pet is what matters. And after all, her twin brothers have each other, her parents will be busy with a new baby soon, so really the dog will be her buddy. What she doesn’t factor into her perfect plan is her severe allergic reaction to the puppy they bring home from the shelter. And so the journey begins. Maggie faces so many issues that she’s becoming overwhelmed. She is entering a new school, facing allergy injections, wanting a pet desperately, and dealing with crazy twin brothers. Ugh. What’s a 10-year-old to do? Megan Wagner Lloyd allows us to follow Maggie through the ups-and-downs of the life of a young girl dealing with several issues. And illustrator Michelle Mee Nutter makes this story absolutely jump to life. The two women have created a graphic novel that is sure to appeal to both young and old. (Not that I’m referring to myself as “old” but I did love it!) The story addresses so many issues, yet they all interlock beautifully. The me into the picture as I examined the details. I recommend this for various reasons. Some of which are . It’s not overwhelming for the reluctant reader . It is fun yet filled with info . It promotes facing disappointment then searching for alternatives. . Shows real behavior, yet the ability to ask for forgiveness. . Working through new friendships . Shows how it feels to start a new school . Admits to various emotions regarding changing family dynamics . And the list goes on and on What Concerned Me Though it may have helped make the story sneaky and fun for kids, I was concerned that Maggie wanted a lock on her door so that she could hid a pet in her room. And then when she began to have allergic reactions she didn’t admit that she knew the reason for her problems. Meanwhile her parents are concerned and search for answers. When it is finally discovered that she has been hiding a pet, there is no consequence for her actions. This lost a full star for me. My Final Thoughts I thought is was fun and I loved the illustrations. My thanks to Rockstar Tours and the publisher for a copy of this book and the ability to post a review of my opinion was.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Panda Incognito

    This graphic novel has charming illustrations, a vivid main character, and a heartwarming story about friendship, family, and dealing with disappointment. Maggie desperately wants a dog and believes that having a pet will help her adjust within her family, since her twin brothers constantly hang out with each other and her parents are expecting a new baby. Unfortunately, she has a severe allergy attack in response to the dog and learns that she is allergic to animals. The story engages with infor This graphic novel has charming illustrations, a vivid main character, and a heartwarming story about friendship, family, and dealing with disappointment. Maggie desperately wants a dog and believes that having a pet will help her adjust within her family, since her twin brothers constantly hang out with each other and her parents are expecting a new baby. Unfortunately, she has a severe allergy attack in response to the dog and learns that she is allergic to animals. The story engages with information about allergies, and with Maggie's difficulties trying to find an alternative pet option and dealing with her emotions about this unwanted dimension to her life. The plot hole of why she didn't already know she was allergic never gets resolved, so I think we're supposed to assume that she developed this allergy all of a sudden, and hadn't had allergic reactions to animals in public or in other people's homes in the past. As the plot unfolds, it emphasizes family dynamics, a new friendship in the neighborhood, and school experiences. The book is emotionally authentic throughout, and really makes you feel for the main character. I enjoyed this, and would recommend it to kids. It's great for anyone who is ready for the reading level, and does not have any mature content. The only thing that some families may find objectionable is that Maggie disobeys and keeps secrets from her parents in an effort to get and keep a possible pet. (view spoiler)[When Maggie gets found out, she is emotionally devastated to lose her mice. Her parents do not punish her for her lying, keeping mice in her room, or scaring them with an unexplained allergic reaction, and are just sensitive to her vulnerable emotional state and intense distress. (hide spoiler)] The ending is sweet, and I liked the part of the story about having a new baby in the family. It was nice to see a fifth grader in this situation, since most books about new siblings involve younger children. This made me think of the American Girl books Nicki and Thanks to Nicki, which involve an animal-loving girl of a similar age expecting new siblings and helping train service dogs. Kids who enjoy this graphic novel might enjoy those books as well.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mutually Inclusive

    Some of you may not know this about me, but I am a sucker for a good graphic novel. Allergic by Megan Wagner Lloyd and Michelle Mee Nutter definitely fits the bill. This sweet middle-grade graphic novel follows a young girl named Maggie, who finds herself the odd one out at home. With her parents preparing for a new baby and her younger brothers off in their own twin world, Maggie can’t help but feel a bit left out. She believes a new puppy will be the answer to her problems, only to find she’s se Some of you may not know this about me, but I am a sucker for a good graphic novel. Allergic by Megan Wagner Lloyd and Michelle Mee Nutter definitely fits the bill. This sweet middle-grade graphic novel follows a young girl named Maggie, who finds herself the odd one out at home. With her parents preparing for a new baby and her younger brothers off in their own twin world, Maggie can’t help but feel a bit left out. She believes a new puppy will be the answer to her problems, only to find she’s severely allergic to anything with fur. Luckily, this is just the beginning of Maggie’s story. She sets out on a journey of self-discovery as she tries to find the perfect pet to be her companion. Maggie faces many trials familiar to real world fifth graders, like a new school, new friends, and a new sibling, making her story completely relatable to young readers. The illustrations by Michelle Mee Nutter are absolute perfection. They bring Maggie’s whole world to life, capturing all the emotions of her journey. I absolutely loved Allergic. I read the entire book in one sitting, and I’m honestly thinking of rereading it right now because I enjoyed it so much. It’s one of those pure and wholesome stories that tugs at your heartstrings. Thank you so much to Graphix and Scholastic for providing me with a review copy of Allergic. This is my favorite graphic novel of the year so far, and I look forward to reading it again. Blog | Instagram | Facebook | Goodreads | Storygraph

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