No More Cupcakes & Tummy Aches is a wonderful book to help explain to a child what a gluten allergy is as well as the challenges that might accompany it. My children are not on a gluten free diet but by the end of this book, they both wanted to be gluten free! This book is well written and clearly describes the symptoms and emotions of having celiac disease. It also discusses the process of visiting the pediatrician which is really important. I think it is very important to prepare a child for what might occur at the doctors office, such as getting your blood taken, shots, etc. As a parent, it gives me time to explain to my child what they should expect.
At the end of the book, Izzie’s mom buys special gluten free products online and she can eat her favorite cupcakes and sweets again. This book can also be helpful to read to a class to increase the awareness of children who have gluten allergies. With this book, your child can expand vocabulary, answer ‘wh” questions, discuss the characters emotions, ask “wh” questions, retell narratives and improve literacy to name a few.