Title: Medikidz Explain Crohn’s Disease: What’s Up with Keaton
Authors: Dr Kim Chilman-Blair and Shawn DeLoache
Publisher: Medikidz Publishing
Reviewer: Adam Fitzgerald, senior nurse practitioner
What was it like?
A comic book aimed at children to explain Crohn’s Disease
What were the highlights?
The book is bright and easy to read and understand. There isn’t technical jargon to provide any confusion and it makes the subject topic something you wish to read about.
Strengths & weaknesses:
The Medikidz series of comics aim to provide information in a bitesize and manageable format for children to understand conditions themselves or friends may be suffering from. The book is hosted by a set of superheroes with their own unique abilities whom explain the bodies pathophysiology through a planet (Mediland) which mimics the body and its actions. It is laid out like any other comic book which makes the simple format and the bright colours a delight for anyone to read at any age. The terminology used personifies the actions of the body to impact the point, such as soldiers representing the immune system. Although the book is easy to digest for some slightly older or more inquisitive children this book may lack some of the details they crave. However this would be ideal as a building block of knowledge or an incentive to gain ownership of their condition. Through a use of colourful animation, a simple format and humour used in appropriate places this book would be an ideal addition to a children’s ward library.
Who should read it?
This book is primarily aimed at younger patients or their friends to give them a basic understanding of what is happening inside their body when they suffer with Crohn’s Disease. In addition it may be used as a teaching aid for teachers or nursing staff when explaining a diagnosis.