Title: Medikidz – Explain Breast Cancer
Authos: Dr Kim Chilman-Blair, Dr Columba Quigley and Shawn deLoache
Publisher: Medikidz Ltd
Reviewer: Debbie Quinn QN, MS specialist nurse/team lead for specialist nursing. Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS foundation Trust
What was it like?
A child’s guide to breast cancer explaining the journey from health breast, to diagnosis and treatment. It is one of a serious of books produced especially for children and reviewed by them.
What were the highlights?
The book is set out like a comic, with a team of superheros that live in Mediland and walk the reader through the human body, in this case the breast, explaining all children need to know in relation to health and illness. My son of 13 fully understood the concept and was able to relate to the information. He felt he understood things really well after reading it. I felt it was well designed and would easily feed the inquisitive mind of a child easily without worrying them.
Strengths & weaknesses:
A good resource to assist both healthcare workers and parents, to explain what is happening and why, if the family is affected by breast cancer. It clearly works through the areas that children would need answers to. It is peer reviewed and reviewed by children (ages ranged from 8-12) and this adds to the value of the book. The art work will also appeal to the age group.
Who should read it?
Professionals working within breast cancer so that they can use it as a resource to refer children to. I would suggest children in the age range of 7-14 would most appreciate this book.