Book Review & Giveaway: Barrett’s Unusual Ice Cream Party

I recently came across the book, Barrett’s Unusual Ice Cream Party, after seeing a solicitation for reviews on Amazon.  Seeing as how it was a children’s book about food allergies and my AFW co-host, Janelle from Gluten Freely Frugal, was promoting the book, I decided I had nothing to lose.

I’m so glad I volunteered to do an Amazon review of this book.  Michelle King takes the experience of her own child’s food allergies and the passion that most food allergy parents carry with them, and produced a wonderful book.

Why do we love this book?

  1. The illustrations are lovely.  Very bright, simple, and cheery for young children to enjoy.
  2. The author does a very good job of bringing the issue of food allergies down to the level that a small child can understand.
  3. King quietly applauds the efforts of parents in feeding their food allergy children special treats.  In fact, she includes the two recipes that are used in the story at the end of the book: Homemade Vanilla-Coconut Ice Cream and Mom’s Delicious Banana Muffins.  A special thanks from me to Michelle King on this hidden little gem in the book!
  4. King poignantly describes the isolation that children with food allergies (or any child with a disability) feels with their peers.  She brings you into the isolated world of a “special” child and shows you how seemingly small events can be a big issue for those who suffer with food allergies.
  5. Barrett’s Unusual Ice Cream Party concludes by showing the reader how food allergies do not have to be isolating as long as others will come along side those who suffer from this disease.  Everyone has a “special” component in their life allowing us to relate to one another.  Why not capitalize on those areas we share and empathize in the areas that make us different, instead of excluding and isolating with a focus on the differences.

Outside of the story itself, I love that my 4 year old daughter gets excited about reading this book.  She doesn’t have food allergies, but has an understanding of them because her brother does.  She loves the illustrations and loves to retell the story to me before I get to the next page.  My son, who suffers from food allergies, likes the fact that the story simply describes his health issues, how Barrett feels the same isolating feelings he sometimes has, and finally, how everything works out in the end with delicious dairy-free ice cream and a friend to share it with.

Barrett’s Unusual Ice Cream Party is not just a story for children with food allergies or their siblings.  I highly recommend this book to all families because your children will most likely come into contact with food allergies at some time in their lives, whether at school, church, or next door.  This book would also be a great addition to any classroom or school library.

You can purchase Barrett’s Unusual Ice Cream Party directly from my Amazon link below, just click on the book graphic below or title throughout the review, or…..

Enter to win your very own free copy!  Yay!

To enter:

Leave me a comment telling me why you would like to add this book to your collection.

Giveaway will close next Thursday, July 26 extended thru August 2 at midnight EST.  Winner will be announced on Friday, August 3.

{I received this book in exchange for a review on  The author did not request that I make a positive review in order to receive the book.  The review made here are my own words and opinion.  Also, my Amazon affiliate link is used in this review.}

Shared at Better Moms Monday, Titus 2sdays, Hearth and Soul Blog Hop, and Monday Mania.

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26 Responses to Book Review & Giveaway: Barrett’s Unusual Ice Cream Party

  1. Jennifer Cummings says:

    I have a 16 month old girl that is very allergic to dairy. I breastfeed her and I have been off dairy aswell. No one in our family has food allergies and do not understand that a piece of food could kill my baby. Maybe this book well help them understand. Thanks so much Jennifer

  2. I’d love to get some books for my son who has multiple food allergies. This looks like a good one.

  3. diane campbell says:

    My not quite 2 year old grandson has celiacs and allergic to peanuts. He has 2 older brothers and this has been a real learning process. I’d love love love to have the book!

  4. Kara Wise says:

    I think it is time I get my 3 1/2 year old who has 16 known food allergies some books on his level about the subject.

  5. domestic diva says:

    This would be great for my little one with a number of food allergies.

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  7. Cameron S. says:

    I have just now found your blog….where has it been all my life! My almost 2 year old daughter has a host of food allergies (14 to be exact). This book would be perfect to add to her library!

  8. Sabrina says:

    My entire family of 5 each have food sensitivities and allergies. My hope is that this book will help me as a wife and mom to encourage healthy living for my family.

  9. Colleen M. says:

    Would love to share this book with my family!

  10. Megan says:

    I’d love to add this book to our book collection because it addresses an topic that affects many people, even in our family!

  11. Crystal Vasquez says:

    I would love to add this book to our collections. My almost 2 1/2 year old is allergic to wheat, peanuts, milk, and egg sand we are always looking for ways to show him why he can’t have certain foods. Hes a very bright boy, everytime he sees someone eat pizza he says ” blah, ess wheat.” So we have one food down.

  12. Elizabeth Peralta says:

    I’m a mom of an allergy kiddo and an asthma kiddo both of which evolve around dairy issues. I am also a teacher, and love that there are books being made about children with issues like my little guys because it is a nice way to introduce the health issues into the classroom and create a social awareness to the health concerns in a kid friendly manner!
    Thanks for the giveaway contest 😉

  13. Heather Thompson says:

    I would love to win this book! I have 3 childnen and 2 of them have just been placed on a GF AND DF diet. It’s been so hard and stressful on me, esp with the picky 2 year old. My 9 year old daughter feels like she’s being punished since she has to eat like them most of the time. Would love to have this book to hopefully help them all better understand what’s going on. Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

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  15. Katrina says:

    My 6 yr. old son has multiple food allergies including dairy. We are fortunate enough to have an ice cream shop in town that carries “safe” ice cream, but we’ve gone in on occasions where she didn’t have it on hand. He does a great job of being understanding, but it’s hard for him. I don’t currently have any books on allergies, and think it would be great for him to have one that helps him think through his emotions and different situations like this that arise. Thanks!

  16. What a cute way to elevate awareness and teach kids about food allergies. Thanks for sharing on Hearth & Soul Hop. 🙂

  17. Mrs. K says:

    What a great book. Would love to add to our reading collection for my LO.

  18. emily freelove says:

    I would like to add this book to my collection because we have several kids with Crohns Disease.

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  20. Adrian W. says:

    I would love to share this with my nephew, who I want to teach equality to concerning disabilities.

  21. I’m a mom of a 2 year old with food allergies to wheat, egg, dairy, peanut and potentially sesame. I’m 35 weeks pregnant, and hoping my 2nd child does not have these allergies. However, I’m looking for good books to help teach my son about his food allergies in a non-threatening/non anxiety-causing way!!

  22. Janeen says:

    I think it looks great for teaching kids about food allergies! Thanks!

  23. Kim says:

    I have made it my mission to put as many allergy books, such as this into our local school libraries. This is going to be a great addition, whether I win it or purchase it 😉

  24. My Cara Beth starts pre-school this year. For the first time in her life she is going to be in the world without me, learning and growing and EATING… I will be packing her lunch and snacks however it has been quite a hurdle to get her to understand how important it is to stay on her diet. Throughout the year, I volunteer to read to the class I get to choose the books I share with them. I believe this would be a perfect book to share with the entire class! Allergies to food and those on special diets are more prominent than ever! I believe this would be great to introduce this concept to pre-schoolers, who are just now meeting other children that have these problems, and educate them on how serious they can be but in a way a child can visualize and understand. Bravo to the author for writing it!

  25. Chrissy says:

    I would love a chance to win this book! My daughter does not have food allergies but she takes it very serious! We have family and friends that do have food allergies. Since she started pre-school and became aware of kids in her class being allergic to different foods, she made sure that I knew what the allergies were and to “Never” pack those items in her snack/ lunch and for class parties. She has a huge heart and didn’t even think twice about giving up foods she enjoys to keep those around her safe. I think this would be a great book to share with all my kids and with their classes!:)

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