Cilie Yack is Under Attack – Book Review & Giveaway

by Maggie on January 4, 2011

Have you heard about Cilie Yack yet?

A few months ago Caryn Talty contacted me to see if I would be interested in receiving a copy of her book titled Cilie Yack is Under Attack. I was incredibly curious – I wanted to see for myself how she managed to write a novel about a little boy with celiac disease.

Talty wrote Cilie Yack is Under Attack because she could find nothing that would help her own son deal with his diagnosis. She wrote and illustrated the entire novel. It’s definitely a work of love.

The narrator and main character of the novel is Cilie. This little boy’s story is full of tales, both funny and serious, about his experience just before and just after his diagnosis with celiac disease. The novel is geared towards kids aged 5-11, and parents will enjoy reading it with their kids.

As an English teacher on hiatus, I love Cilie’s name. A funny little play on words!  The book is full of illustrations, which help to keep the interest of its readers.  There is also a recipe for Cilie’s carrot cake at the back of the book – which I really wanted to make before I posted this review. Alas, Christmas and New Year’s baking got in the way and I have to put it back on my to-bake list.

You can visit Cilie Yack’s Sous Chef site to check out Cilie’s Sous Club for Kids. There are lots of great activities for kids. You must also visit Talty’s About page where she shares her own experiences in dealing with her son’s diagnosis and allergies. It’s incredibly touching. Make sure you and your little ones join Cilie’s little chefs club and sign up for the newsletter. You’ll also find lots of recipes, which are free of the top ten allergens. How great is that?

I can’t wait to share Cilie Yack with Callum when he’s just a little bit older. I know he’ll relate to Cilie, laugh at Cilie’s story, and feel better about himself after reading it.

Make sure you check out Cilie Yack’s Sous Chef site or go to Amazon and purchase your own copy of the book.  Oh, and of course Cilie is on twitter because, who isn’t?

I am really excited to share this great novel with you, and guess what? I have 2 copies to give to two of my readers (one courtesy of Talty and one courtesy of me)!

To participate in the giveaway, leave me a comment below telling me who you’d like to share a copy of this novel with.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! Giveaway closes Thursday, January 13th, 2011 and is only eligible to readers in Canada and the US. Winners will be announced on this blog and must contact me by Monday, January 24th, 2011. Failure to do so will provide someone else with the opportunity to win!

Disclosure: I was not in any way obliged to write this review. It was my choice.

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Stephanie January 4, 2011 at 5:45 pm

What a fun book! I’d love to share this with my younger siblings who are dealing with food intolerance issues, as well as my cousin who is struggling to do the gluten free diet.


Aunt Jayne January 4, 2011 at 6:13 pm

I would love this book to share with my friend Devan ( She has three little ones 🙂


Diamond January 4, 2011 at 7:32 pm

How cool is this for a book!?! We found one Celiac book at the library and my daughter has read it a few times. I would share this one with her (and my son).


Kristin @ Peace, Love and Muesli January 4, 2011 at 8:17 pm

Carrot cake you say? I would share it with my daugther’s school library. My gluten free friends all have older children.


Kim - Cook It Allergy Free January 4, 2011 at 10:35 pm

Ooh! I saw this and thought it would be perfect for Conner! Although, he is pretty comfortable in his Celiac Skin. LOL In fact, sometimes I think he should be a little mentor for other kids dealing with Celiac Disease. He is so proud of it and thinks it is such a healthy way to live. He does better with it than his Dad (my other Celiac in the house).


Janelle January 4, 2011 at 10:59 pm

What a great book! My son would love this book!! But since my son has been gluten free since he was 6 months old, I would share it with my newly diagnosed nephew. I know he would love it too. My son (who is 4) thinks everyone should eat gluten free and can’t understand why anyone would want to eat wheat. LOL!

Thanks for the fun giveaway!


Penny January 5, 2011 at 7:33 am

I’d share this w/ my 11 year old daughter who i on a special diet that includes gluten free. She doesn’t understand why she has to eat this way – she is on the autism spectrum.


Debbie January 5, 2011 at 10:42 am

I would share this with a dear friend of mine’s little boy who is 5 yrs old. He was diagnosed very recently and is having a hard time going to school and eating different foods compared to the other kids. Plus his mom is having a hard time helping him while learning how to take care of all his new needs.


Kendra January 5, 2011 at 11:54 am

As a Grandmother to three small ones, I would share this book with my son to help him explain their allergies and why they can’t eat the junk foods that their other little friends devour on a daily basis. It would allow me to emphasis the importance of what a whole food is and to my 5 year old, middle granddaughter, perhaps answer some of the constant “Why’s” that she continually bombards us with.


Alta January 5, 2011 at 11:59 am

This is really cute. Love it!


Marie-Claude Hamel January 5, 2011 at 12:24 pm

I would read this book to my 2 children aged 6 and 4. They have been gluten free for about 2 years now. My son has a lot of food sensitivities other than the gluten so I think it would be a very good book to help him understand that he is not alone.


Lisa January 5, 2011 at 12:46 pm

I would read this to my 4 year old daughter who is just starting to ask questions like “Why do I eat gluten-free when no one else in my class does?”


JenQ January 5, 2011 at 1:10 pm

I would love to share the book with my 8 year old daughter who was recently diagnosed with Celiac disease…. She has been so brave and strong through all of this…..


Gina January 5, 2011 at 2:27 pm

I would share this book with my Chiropractor for his daughter.


Cindy January 5, 2011 at 2:57 pm

I would share it with the children I teach to help them learn to be tolerant of others with food allergies.


edmontonjb January 6, 2011 at 11:53 am

I would love to share this with my son


Susan January 9, 2011 at 11:15 am

Hey Maggie!

I would love to win this book and share it with my little boy, Ezra. He’s 3 right now, but I think it would be an amazing thing to have now and as he gets older to help him understand that there are other children who share the same dietary concerns!

What a cool idea for a book! 🙂



Kara Darling January 11, 2011 at 9:36 am

Hurray for Celie Yack! My little one and big ones would love it!


Rs Mom January 12, 2011 at 5:17 pm

Have a dd who refuses to tell anyone about her “problem.” It would be a great read.


Shari January 13, 2011 at 11:14 am

I would absolutley love to have a copy of this book to read with my 7 year old daughter.


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