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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 g 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.


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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 g 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.

30 review for Allergic: A Graphic Novel

  1. 4 out of 5

    Colby Sharp

    Kids are going to love this graphic novel.

  2. 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.

  3. 4 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

  4. 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.  

  5. 5 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

    Cody Roecker

    Cannot WAIT to sell this adorable graphic novel

  7. 4 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.

  8. 4 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.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Frank Chillura (OhYouRead)

    I am really happy that kids will have a Graphic Novel that explains animal allergies to Middle Grace kids. 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.

  10. 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!

  11. 5 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.

  12. 5 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

  13. 4 out of 5

    CJ

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

  14. 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.

  15. 5 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.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    ARC courtesy of Edelweiss and Scholastic

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kim Tyo-Dickerson

    Digital Review Copy provided by Edelweiss+ and Scholastic Graphix publishers. There are so many things out of a kid's control. Sometimes, it's hard to know where you belong and how you fit into your family. Maggie's dream of getting a puppy for her birthday is the one thing she knows will make her feel better, giving her a friend and ally in her busy home and a way to manage and control the loneliness she feels as the oldest sibling with younger twin brothers who are focused on each other and par Digital Review Copy provided by Edelweiss+ and Scholastic Graphix publishers. There are so many things out of a kid's control. Sometimes, it's hard to know where you belong and how you fit into your family. Maggie's dream of getting a puppy for her birthday is the one thing she knows will make her feel better, giving her a friend and ally in her busy home and a way to manage and control the loneliness she feels as the oldest sibling with younger twin brothers who are focused on each other and parents who were focused on a new baby on the way. Maggie worries, what if the baby is another girl? Will she be special anymore? And a puppy is absolutely the best thing to help Maggie feel better about the re-districting that has separated her from her friends and is forcing her to go to a new elementary school in the fall where she doesn't know anyone. Finding the perfect puppy at the shelter is as magical as she dreamed. Maggie's love of animals has been a huge part of her identity and she wants to be a vet when she grows up. She loves holding her new puppy...until her eyes start to water, she begins sneezing, and her arms are suddenly covered in hives. An emergency trip to the doctor confirms her worst fears, Maggie is severely allergic of anything with "fur or feathers," and immediately begins a course of shots to help her body manage her multiple allergies. Some might wonder why parents would promise a puppy but not find ways to have their child meet and play with other puppies beforehand, when the stakes aren't so high as a birthday trip to a shelter unprepared. Even so, from complete and total happiness to the devastating depths of despair, how will Maggie find the perfect pet to bring her comfort while everything else in her life is up in the air? Maggie's story gives every child, allergic or not, a window into managing change and dealing with realities that don't line up with their dreams. Essential for every elementary and middle school library, a sure and immediate hit for graphic novel fans of Raina Telgemeier and Victoria Jamieson's books. This is also a great title for talking about empathy for others, as so many children have allergies that impact their classrooms, cafeterias and playgrounds. There's even a student Maggie meets at her new school who tells her about the EpiPen he has to carry with him at all times, helping Maggie see that there is a continuum of challenges when it comes to allergies. Get multiple copies as soon as this comes out 2 March 2021, you'll need them.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Smith

    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.

  19. 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

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jasmine

    Allergic is a graphic novel, with wonderful illustrations, that tells the story of Maggie, a young girl who really wants a puppy for her birthday. Her family agrees, and they take her to a rescue center so she can pick out a puppy. Unfortunately for Maggie, it turns out she's allergic to animals with fur and feathers. After a negative reaction at the rescue center, she's tested and is given the results. Upset, Maggie spends some time pouting and wondering why life is so unfair. It doesn't help t Allergic is a graphic novel, with wonderful illustrations, that tells the story of Maggie, a young girl who really wants a puppy for her birthday. Her family agrees, and they take her to a rescue center so she can pick out a puppy. Unfortunately for Maggie, it turns out she's allergic to animals with fur and feathers. After a negative reaction at the rescue center, she's tested and is given the results. Upset, Maggie spends some time pouting and wondering why life is so unfair. It doesn't help that her twin brothers also blame her for not being able to get a puppy. To top off her disappointing sundae, Maggie is also starting at a new school, and none of her friends will be there. What's a ten year old girl to do? Follow along with Maggie as she struggles to come to terms with her allergy, tries to make new friends at school, and accept the fact that her mom is going to have a baby, thus making their family even larger. I thought this was a cute read. It's relatively fast-paced and can be read in one sitting (if you have the time). I found Maggie to be relatable at first (she's very impatient and excited and can't wait to go look at puppies), but even though she became less relatable (to me) as time went on, she was still a likable character you felt bad for. Although, to be honest, she did irk me a couple of times with her behavior/attitude. I get it, but it still irked me. It seemed like everything was falling apart around her, and as a ten year old girl, that's just the worst. Younger readers will definitely relate to this book, whether they have allergies, have moved/started a new school and had to make new friends, or have younger/older siblings. Definitely a well-written, well-illustrated graphic novel. 4 stars!

  21. 5 out of 5

    FanFiAddict

    Rating: 9.0/10 Thanks to Scholastic for the uncorrected proof copy of Allergic: A Graphic Novel for review consideration. This did not influence my thoughts or opinions. Allergic was a fantastic story that will truly resonate with 5th and 6th graders. All of the situations and emotions portrayed evoke what it is truly like to want something so badly it hurts. I believe this is going to be a hit with its intended middle-grade audience. I can only imagine what Maggie is going through. To be the oldes Rating: 9.0/10 Thanks to Scholastic for the uncorrected proof copy of Allergic: A Graphic Novel for review consideration. This did not influence my thoughts or opinions. Allergic was a fantastic story that will truly resonate with 5th and 6th graders. All of the situations and emotions portrayed evoke what it is truly like to want something so badly it hurts. I believe this is going to be a hit with its intended middle-grade audience. I can only imagine what Maggie is going through. To be the oldest of three (the other two being twin boys) with another on the way requires a ton of responsibility and a good bit of self-sacrifice. Then, you finally get the opportunity to have the one thing you have always wanted: a puppy… only to find out you are highly allergic to it and all other creatures with fur or feathers. How demoralizing is that? The thing that is difficult for kids to come to term with is disappointment. Sure, adults have a tough time with it as well, but kids don’t have the ability to see a road ahead. So for Maggie, having the one thing she wants most in the world utterly ripped away from her (for her own health and safety) is end-of-the-world type stuff. Bless her, she tries to think of every conceivable pet that could fill this void and absolutely nothing works out. At least she has the opportunity to make a new friend when a single dad and his daughter move in next door. I really enjoyed this graphic novel and the illustrations were perfection all the way through.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Freddie

    Sometimes working at a book store has its perks, like getting access to free ARC (advance readers copy) before they’re even out. Scheduled to come out March 2nd, “Allergic” is a cute little graphic novel aimed at middle graders all about developing allergies and learning to cope with them. The art style isn’t really my thing, but it grows on you the more you read. The book can be finished in one sitting. The thing I loved the most about this book is it’s slow introduction to allergies, a girl who Sometimes working at a book store has its perks, like getting access to free ARC (advance readers copy) before they’re even out. Scheduled to come out March 2nd, “Allergic” is a cute little graphic novel aimed at middle graders all about developing allergies and learning to cope with them. The art style isn’t really my thing, but it grows on you the more you read. The book can be finished in one sitting. The thing I loved the most about this book is it’s slow introduction to allergies, a girl who has never experienced them before sets out on her birthday to adopt a dog. While she and her family are at an adoption center she begins showing signs of allergies (hives, runny nose.) She soon learns that she is allergic to every animal that has fur or feathers. This, of course, feels like the end of the world to a girl who loves animals and has wanted a dog her entire life. Her whole life is turned upside down, and she soon finds that she can’t have everything she’s ever wanted. Child hijinks ensure, from adopting pets with scales, boring pets (hello hermit crab), to making friends with a neighbor who has a dog herself, to befriending a child at her school who has food allergies. This graphic novel is a beautiful story about growing up, relearning family values, and finding out that nothing (not even allergies) can get in the way of your dreams.

  23. 5 out of 5

    RedPoppyReading

    We are huge fans of @meganwagnerlloyd ‘s picture books and “Allergic” (her first graphic novel) is absolutely wonderful! Based on the author’s own experiences with allergies, this book tells a story of family, friendship and accepting yourself. This book really resonated with my daughters and I because we adopted the sweetest cat only to discover that my oldest daughter is very allergic to cats so we had to return our dream pet to the shelter. Fans of Raina Telgemeier and Shannon Hale will absol We are huge fans of @meganwagnerlloyd ‘s picture books and “Allergic” (her first graphic novel) is absolutely wonderful! Based on the author’s own experiences with allergies, this book tells a story of family, friendship and accepting yourself. This book really resonated with my daughters and I because we adopted the sweetest cat only to discover that my oldest daughter is very allergic to cats so we had to return our dream pet to the shelter. Fans of Raina Telgemeier and Shannon Hale will absolutely love this graphic novel! Seriously, you don’t want to miss this book! 🐶 🐱 We were lucky enough to win an ARC from the author. Thank you @meganwagnerlloyd - I know that this book is going to be read over and over again at my house!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ashlee

    *This was an ARC I received from work* I really enjoyed this one! A quick read that was refreshingly light on drama. Maggie does have some conflict with both family and friends, but it never feels overwhelming. There is a lot of healthy problem solving and communication throughout the book, and the author makes it feel authentic by having adults lead by example. I love the art style and there are some wonderful visuals to go along with Maggie's feelings. Overall, this is a welcome addition to the *This was an ARC I received from work* I really enjoyed this one! A quick read that was refreshingly light on drama. Maggie does have some conflict with both family and friends, but it never feels overwhelming. There is a lot of healthy problem solving and communication throughout the book, and the author makes it feel authentic by having adults lead by example. I love the art style and there are some wonderful visuals to go along with Maggie's feelings. Overall, this is a welcome addition to the Middle Grade Graphic Novel genre and fans of Raina Telgemeier and Terri Libenson will be drawn to this one (...and I would love a companion story about Claire because there is clearly much more to her story than is shown here)

  25. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Allergic is a wonderful book for younger readers. It was a delight to read with some good lessons to learn. I loved Maggie right the start. The illustrations helped follow the story perfectly and made it easily to hold my attention. I enjoyed every single page. I give Allergic five stars. I highly recommend it for readers who are between the ages of eight and twelve years, who love to read graphic novels. I thought it was a great read for my nine year old to read. He loved it. I received Allergi Allergic is a wonderful book for younger readers. It was a delight to read with some good lessons to learn. I loved Maggie right the start. The illustrations helped follow the story perfectly and made it easily to hold my attention. I enjoyed every single page. I give Allergic five stars. I highly recommend it for readers who are between the ages of eight and twelve years, who love to read graphic novels. I thought it was a great read for my nine year old to read. He loved it. I received Allergic from the publisher. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kristin DeGarmo

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The illustrations for this book are excellent. I really liked the plot and the difficulties Maggie has to overcome after she finds out she’s allergic to most animals. I also like at the end she discovers she can be a marine biologist. I would say this is similar to Smile by Raina Telgemeier and a little like El Deafo by Cece Bell. I would definitely recommend this one for those who liked the two books mentioned above.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sdlclouse

    This is the first book I've read dealing with allergies (not food, animal) that I think elementary students can really relate to. So far this book is making the rounds in my classroom like wildfire. It is well written and so relatable. I love how there are many issues kids relate to with new siblings, new friends, a new school. Well done. This is the first book I've read dealing with allergies (not food, animal) that I think elementary students can really relate to. So far this book is making the rounds in my classroom like wildfire. It is well written and so relatable. I love how there are many issues kids relate to with new siblings, new friends, a new school. Well done.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Bookish

    Maggie has been waiting years to welcome the perfect pet. When the big day comes, the biggest surprise for Maggie and her family isn't the dog -- it's Maggie's allergic reaction to it! An informative introduction to the science of allergies but also a friendship story and one about a girl struggling to find where she fits in her own family. Maggie has been waiting years to welcome the perfect pet. When the big day comes, the biggest surprise for Maggie and her family isn't the dog -- it's Maggie's allergic reaction to it! An informative introduction to the science of allergies but also a friendship story and one about a girl struggling to find where she fits in her own family.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Emily Myhren

    I received a print ARC from the publisher. I’ve been waiting for this one and was so excited when it arrived in the mail. This is perfect for fans of Sunny, Smile, El Deafo, and other realistic graphic novels. As a kid who got allergy shots I don’t recall any other books that have covered this subject. It had a great resolution and attitude for overcoming obstacles. This one is sure to be a hit.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Brie Cronin

    Super cute! Middle-grade GN’a have really blown up these past two years, but it can still be hard to find stories that sympathize with the emotionally torn 10-12 year olds. Maggie is an excellent protagonist to show readers how you can be wrong, make mistakes, face the unfairness in life, be afraid, and still find a way to exist as you are in your world.

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