Review: Dixie Wants an Allergy by Tori Corn

Title: Dixie Wants an Allergy
Author: Tori Corn
Illustrator: Nancy Cote
Publication: April 1, 2014
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Source: Publisher via Netgalley

It’s Dixie’s first day of school, and some of her classmates are sharing details about their various allergies. Bridget tells of her wheat allergy and how she gets to order a special meal from restaurants. Dixie thinks that must be a really special meal! And Charlie had to be rushed to the hospital in an ambulance once due to his dairy allergy. Dixie thinks that must have been thrilling! Even Hannah gets to wear a fashionable bracelet due to her peanut allergy. Dixie races home and begins to eagerly search for the slightest sign of an allergy. After many failed attempts, Dixie discovers that she is allergic to something after all. But is getting what you wish for actually as exciting as it once appeared?

Dixie Wants an Allergy provides a comical and engaging approach for children who are beginning to learn about and who are coping with allergies—and who also have trouble finding what makes them unique. Corn’s playful text and Cote’s inviting illustrations encourage children to accept those with differences while learning that wanting what others have is not always a good idea.

Why this book?
If you don't know it already, I (sometimes) judge a book by its cover. And, this book has a lovely cover.

The Plot
Dixie wants an allergy (cos everyone seems to have one) and she is eager to find one thing she is allergic to. But what happens when she finally got allergic to something? Oh well, as the saying goes, be careful what you wish for.

What did you like most about the book?
I love the illustration. :) Really beautifully crafted. You have to check it out.

Some thoughts
This book brought me back to my childhood years, back when I wanted to wear prescription glasses so much I forced my mom into bringing me to an eye doctor for a check-up, I don't know what the doctor told my mom after I was asked to recite the letters from the Snellen chart but my parents after a week brought a pair of glasses home complete with the eyeglass chain which is the real reason I want to wear glasses in the first place. My mom didn't allow me to wear it in school though so, I figured, my glasses weren't true.

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