Book Review-Alfie’s Attack

A couple of weeks ago, I noticed a book review on a friend’s blog.  I mentioned in the comments that I would have to look for the book, as Mariella is starting to ask the “why me” questions.  One of the people in charge of the book responded to my comment, offering me a copy of the book.  I offered to review it, as a parent of a child with asthma.

*Disclaimer: This book was provided by Vitality Books for review. I was under no obligation to offer a favorable review.*

“Alfie’s Attack” by Dr. David Bohline  (

My first impression of the book was how colorful it was.  It is very appealing to the eye.  The quality of the binding and paper is very good.  As someone who has worked in the Children’s Department of a large national book store, I’ve noticed that children’s books are often not of the best quality.

Mariella was very excited to read the book, so we settled right down to start.  Right away, she was drawn into the story, we both enjoyed the poetry of the story.  It was not awkward, as some story poetry can be.  The illustrations were beautiful as well.

Mariella DID point out that she doesn’t wheeze…and she said that it must be a “fish thing.”   I did explain after we finished the story that some people with asthma cough, some wheeze and others just feel tight.  Then I agreed that wheezing must be a fish thing…since I’d bet it was pretty hard to cough….if you’re a fish.

The content of the book was also very good.  I appreciated the fact that Alfie is active in sports, as it helps to let children know that asthma isn’t something that should limit them.  I also liked how Alfie knew how to handle his disease.   It does a good job of illustrating that as an asthmatic, you are not alone.  That you can’t look at someone to know if they have asthma or not.  Also, that you never know where you’re going to meet someone who has asthma.  (there was also a good side message of helping others, even if they are not always nice to you.)

Mariella was a big fan of the stickers included, intended to decorate an inhaler.  She can’t wait to sit down and decorate her puffer.

I enjoyed this book very much, as did Mariella.  After she finished looking at it with me, she brought it right into the playroom and looked through it again.  She couldn’t wait to share it with her sister, as well.  All in all, I think it’s a good book to help children with asthma know they aren’t alone, and that they can rise above their disease.  There were a few items in the “For Parent’s” section that were not entirely INaccurate, but were also not entirely accurate, so I would caution parents to always ask their child’s doctor or specialist any questions they might have regarding their child’s asthma.

I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to both Dr. Bohline and Justin Piehowski for sharing this book with me.  I plan to bring it with us to show Mariella’s pulmonologist, in hopes that they might be able to utilize it in their practice.


10 Responses to “Book Review-Alfie’s Attack”

  1. 1 kerri November 2, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    Awesome! Very excited to get this thing in the mail now.

  2. 3 Elisheva November 2, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    I reviewed a British kids asthma book before, but I found that particular one kind of lame. I wonder if they changed it based on what I reported?

    I want to review that one too!! How do I get one? This one sounds better!

  3. 4 mommato2beauties November 2, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    I left a comment about it on Steve’s blog, and the publisher contacted me. I sent the author and the gentleman that contacted me a link to the review…so keep looking back here. It really is a cute book. Mariella has been carrying it around all day.

  4. 5 mymusicallungs November 5, 2010 at 2:40 am

    So if wheezing is a fish thing, then I must be a fish! Ha ha.
    Love it! x

  5. 7 wheezyheron November 8, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    ‘wheezing must be a fish thing’ still makes me smile. Next time a doctor asks me about wheezing, I’ll just shrug and say, ‘nah, that’s more of a fish thing’!

  6. 8 Rsfjiooe May 4, 2012 at 7:32 am

    I’m on work experience jp imgboard girl bbs Damn I wish her socks were off I cant stand it when girls have socks on when they get fucked or I fuck them Idk why.

  7. 9 Caailjre May 5, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    I love this site nymphets land gallery cytherea is queen! i used to see a girl who squirted like her. think thats why i like her so much. her every mannerism when she cums is like that tight wet gushing girl

  1. 1 Alfie’s Attack – Another book report « Ramblings of an Occasionally Oxygen Deprived Mind Trackback on November 18, 2010 at 5:41 am

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