William Edwards and the Wizardly Glasses – Book Review

William Edwards And The Wizardly Glasses - Book Review

William Edwards and the Wizardly Glasses is a book about a boy called William who has Coeliac (Celiac) Disease and a severe food allergy.  It is the first in a series of books by Jonathan Berg and his mum S.Z. Berg.  The books in this series all revolve around the main character, William.

 The first Novel in the series; William Edwards and the Wizardly glasses, is due to be launched on September 13th to coincide with National Celiac Awareness Day in the USA.  Stacie (S.Z Berg) is an award-winning  journalist and blogger for The Huffington Post.  When Stacie contacted me to let me know about the upcoming launch of her new book this is what she had to say about it:

The William Edwards book series targets kids 8 – 12 years.   By this age, they usually have already been diagnosed and have a pretty good understanding of what the diagnosis means in terms of food restrictions. However, it is at about this age that exclusion as a result of dietary restrictions becomes more pronounced and when these kids begin to feel the impact of being different from their peers.

The William Edwards book series is all about empowering kids with food allergies, celiac and/or gluten sensitivity.  It pokes fun at the self-involved parents who purchase William off of the Internet (on sale, no less!) and who throw mustard parties — with plenty of gluten! — forgetting that their son is allergic to mustard and has celiac!  They represent the uneducated people these kids (and their parents!) encounter. As the story continues, William learns to roll his eyes at their thoughtless behaviors, learns to protect himself, and makes friends with kids who help protect him. He also grows as a character and begins to take the lead on many adventures all the while being conscientious about what he eats.

 

Suitable For:

Children aged 8-12

Available as:

Paperback or Kindle Download

The Verdict

Stacie very kindly sent me a PDF copy of William Edwards and the Wizardly Glasses which I started to read on my laptop.  For some reason, I don’t seem to be able to retain information the same when I read it from a laptop as I do from a book or my Kindle so I purchased the book and downloaded it onto my Kindle.

I really like the fact that this book was written by Stacie and her son.  As a family we have found that you need to maintain a sense of humour when dealing with allergies and intolerances and this book strikes the right note.

The book is targeted at 8-12 year olds, my youngest has just turned 8 and my eldest is going to be 13 next month.  My 8 year old loved the book, she came home from school and read it in one night, it took her 5 hours but she didn’t want to put it down until she had finished it.  My eldest daughter thought that the book was a great idea but she felt that it was more suited to younger readers (she’s a very mature 12 year old and is into fashion and vampires), my middle daughter is 11½ years old and she enjoyed it.

William Edwards and the Wizardly Glasses is great for kids with allergies or coeliac (celiac) disease.   You don’t need to suffer from allergies or coeliac (celiac) disease to enjoy this book but for kids who do, it’s a great way for them to feel that they aren’t alone.  It’s a nice book for children to read independently or to share at bedtimes with a parent or grand-parent.   It would also make a nice birthday or Christmas gift for your allergic child’s friends.

Available in UK from : Amazon

Available In: USA from : Amazon

Please note that this Product Review is based purely on our family’s personal opinions and observations on how this book suited our requirements.


Verdict

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Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Available in: UK, USA

Available from: Amazon

Reviewer: Allergy Friendly Reviews

Twitter: @AFReviews

Website: http://www.AllergyZone.co.uk

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