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Scholastic/Graphix has bought a middle-grade graphic novel collaboration by author Megan Wagner Lloyd and debut illustrator Michelle Mee Nutter. The book, Allergic, is loosely based on the author's childhood, and tells the story of a girl whose family seeks a long-anticipated pet, only to discover that she is extremely allergic to animals. Publication of the first book is ...more
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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
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Colby Sharp
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021
Kids are going to love this graphic novel.
Ms. Yingling
Jan 08, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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. ...more
Darla
Jun 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
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
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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
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Mary
Feb 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
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
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The Nerd Daily
Jan 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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Cody Roecker
Feb 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cannot WAIT to sell this adorable graphic novel
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
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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.
Bridget
Mar 29, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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, ...more
Maryalice
Feb 20, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, middle-grade
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. ...more
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 ...more
Tara Ethridge
Mar 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
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
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Anna
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
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!
Steph
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Sarah
May 08, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
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Tammy
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Keisha | A Book Like You
This one tugged at my heart strings!
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.
Hayden
Jan 07, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Lana
Jan 18, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I saw it at an Amazon Book store when I was with my little sister, she has a lot of food allergies and I thought this book was cute and had a good message. The main character Maggie was someone that she could relate to.
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Megan Wagner Lloyd is the author of the bestselling graphic novel ALLERGIC (with Michelle Mee Nutter), the picture books FINDING WILD and FORT-BUILDING TIME (with Abigail Halpin), BUILDING BOOKS (with Brianne Farley), and PAPER MICE (with Phoebe Wahl), and and the upcoming kids' novel HAVEN: A SMALL CAT'S BIG ADVENTURE. You can find her online at meganwagnerlloyd.com and on Instagram @meganwagnerl ...more

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