Barrett’s Unusual Ice Cream Party Review & Giveaway

Barretts-Unusual-Ice-Cream-PartyMichelle King and her three children are all gluten intolerant.  After watching her children go through heart-wrenching situations because of their intolerance, she looked for books to help them cope.

When she didn’t find what she was looking for, she wrote a book—Barrett’s Unusual Ice Cream Party.

After reading the book, I think it could be a helpful resource for parents of children who have any food intolerance or allergy.  Particularly if they have problems at school since that is where the story takes place.  It would also be a good resource for teachers or support groups.

Here is an excerpt from the beginning of the book:

‘That will make you sick.’

This is one of the first phrases six-year-old Barrett learns because he has celiac sprue, which means he can’t eat cake and bread or even drink milk.

Barrett is embarrassed of how different he is from the other kids in his class…until a new kid who also has unusual allergies comes to school.

At Barrett’s Unusual Ice Cream Party, Barrett and his classmates learn that what makes them different makes them special.

There are a lot of colorful pictures in the book similar to the book cover you see above.

You can purchase Barrett’s Unusual Ice Cream Party as a paperback for $9.99 or as  a digital download for $7.99.


The Giveaway:  Michelle is offering three paperback books to be given to three winners.  The giveaway is limited to US residents.

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The giveaway will end on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 11:00 pm eastern time.  The randomly chosen winners will be contacted by email and will have 24 hours to respond after being contacted.

Disclaimer:  I was provided with a free digital copy of the book but was not paid to write this review. The opinions in this post are my own.

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  1. Cindy W. says

    I would use the book with my preschool classes. We already work with them on learning to be tolerant of other children’s food allergies and disabilities. This would be a great resource to use in teaching them visually.

  2. Inna says

    I would read it to my kids and pass along to other families of kids with allergies.

  3. KimH says

    I’d give this book to my sweet little 3 year old granddaughter who has lots of food sensitivities..
    Looks to be a great book!

  4. Marsha A says

    I would make sure that my school library has this book so that each year it can be shared with the teachers to be more sensitive to gluten intolerance.

  5. Teisha c says

    I would read it to my daughters so they would understand why I can’t eat certain things and ‘No daddy didn’t put weeds in it, he put wheat in the cake” :)

  6. Elizabeth Laurencot says

    I would give this book to my 8-year-old daughter (gluten-free since 3 months of age). After many years of not worrying about it, she is starting to feel bad about being different.

  7. Rebecca Avery says

    This would be perfect for my two boys. They are 5 and 2 and hearing no, you can’t have that a ton. It would be great to have a book to help them understand what is going on.

  8. says

    I’m not entering the giveaway, but I just wanted to say how great it is to see another children’s book that addresses living gluten free. :-) Will have to get this one for my support group. Thanks for the review, Linda!


  9. Jennifer Pearman says

    I would let my son who has Celiac Disease take it to school to read with his classmates!

  10. Malia says

    my daughter can’t have dairy and my husband has celiac. This would be great to have. I subscribe to your blog alreday.

  11. Melissa Wills says

    I would read it to my 10yr old who is struggling with not eating the cupcakes everyone else is having at todays bday party!

  12. Cheryl D says

    I would donate this book to my son’s school. There are several children with all different kinds of food allergies. My son is familiar with gluten intolerance because my husband is Gluten intolerant and he has another boy in his class that can’t have gluten so this would be a wonderful resource for the whole school!!

  13. says

    I would read it to my sons, our oldest has Autism and has been on a GF diet for 4 years, which has helped his behavior and health immensely.

  14. says

    I wouild use this with my boys. My 3 yo can’t tolerate dairy, gluten, oranges or cherries, and his 1 yo brother is dairy intolerant and allergic to eggs. Books like this are so helpful – when I was on bedrest, I bought a book called, “Mommy has to stay in bed” to explain what was going on to my then 2 yo. I really helped, and I think this one would too. Unfortunately, “that will make you sick” is something my kiddo hears far too often.

  15. Elisabeth says

    I would adore to have another allergy-friendly cookbook. I only have one other one, that has lots of dairy in it that I have to replace out. So I’m always looking up recipes online or altering ones from my “conventional” cookbooks, sometimes with…er…interesting results! LOL! And not only would I use it, but when we make things for parties now, we also have to take into account other’s allergies, so it can be hard sometimes finding one recipe to work for all the kids so they can all participate:)

  16. kirstie says

    I would give this book to my sister to share with her elementary school class. What a great resource!

  17. George says

    My 12 yr old daughter with celiac has a hard time being different than her friends and classmates. Sometimes children make hurtful comments without realizing it. This was a great idea!

  18. katherine says

    I would put it in my school’s library. We have a lot of kids with allergies and intolerances and have a special eating area set up for them.

  19. says

    I would use it to help my daughter. I just found out I am gluten intolerant about 4 months ago and allergic to casein. We expect my daughter has the same and she is having a hard time of it.

  20. Robin says

    Nice find! I would read this book to my granddaughter who has gluten sensitivity. Only two, she already understa nds lots of foods are “owie” to her. But it would be great to have a book that adresses the topic.

  21. says

    I would love to read this not only to my 2 sons (ages 4 and 6) who sometimes still don’t “get” why mommy can’t eat certain things, but to all the students at my sons’ elementary school as well as their parents. The PTA in our school is very ignorant towards food allergies and intolerances. They are very concerned with those with peanut allergies, but not anyone with other allergies. It is a shame.

  22. Amanda Spencer says

    I am so excited about this book. We have had some of the same issues with our kids. I hope I am one of the winners!

  23. Tracie says

    This book would help my 6year old son, who has a long list of sensitivities including, wheat, yeast & dairy. It’s so hard to help him when he is sad, and disappointed that he can’t have all the cakes and breads that he used to love so much. What a great idea!

  24. Rachel Blom says

    I would share this book w/my 8 yo dd to help her cope w/her newly discovered food allergies.

  25. says

    I would give this book to my little 7 year old who is new to the GF world and still trying to deal with constantly feeling different than everyone else.

  26. Gail says

    I would share the book with my two young children who have food sensitivities.

  27. Amy Judd says

    I would love to have this book!!! I would use to hopefully help my 3 young children understand why Mommy can’t eat certain things.

  28. Michaela says

    I would love to read this book to my preschooler with Celiac Disease!

  29. Jenna Carodiskey-Wiebe says

    Subscribed via email.

    I would use this in the church nursery where I work. I am intolerant to dairy and gluten and have two kids with lactose intolerance and sometimes don’t go to youth events when there will be ice cream or pizza.

  30. says

    Our grandson (4 yrs old) has punched a boy at school, spit at children, can’t sit still, was warned to be thrown off the bus and doesn’t understand simple instructions. ADD? Don’t think so, over the past two weeks our daughter has taken all dyes in food out of his diet and he is a different child. Because he has been so good we took him out to lunch today. WOW! He wanted Mac and Cheese, and many other foods we had to say “Sorry, you can’t have that.” He understands a little but it would be GREAT to share a story with him. He LOVES books! I would read this to him many times over because he will need to be reminded since he has two brothers that are not intolerant with dyes.

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