Cilie Yack is Under Attack – Book Review & Giveaway

by Maggie on January 4, 2011

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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.