Title: Medikidz: Explain Primary Immunodeficiency
Authors: Dr Kim Chilman-Blair, Dr Columba Quigley and Shawn deLoache
Publisher: Medikidz Limited
Reviewer: Emma Connolly, children’s and young peoples student nurse, University of Salford
What was it like?
From a children and young people’s student nurse perspective I can honestly say that this book is ideal for children increasing their knowledge regarding different conditions. This particular issue discusses primary immunodeficiency, which has been artistically portrayed in this short book using an array of bold superheroes who wish to combat the common cold. From cover to cover this book has 32 pages, which may be rather useful for grabbing children’s attention and sustain it for a short period of time. The front cover alone may attract any child regardless of their intentions, whether it was to learn about immunodeficiency or just to look at the bright, bold images.
What were the highlights?
One major highlight of this book is the age appropriate writing style that has been used, grabbing the attention of the reader. On the first page the superheroes are introduced in a way that makes them seem like any other mainstream superhero, indestructible. As the book is laid out in a comic book style, the reader would not feel overwhelmed with text, instead they can focus on the bright and bold images.
Strengths & weaknesses:
After finishing this book, one key strength to this book is the concise information that is displayed. There has been evident use of relevant information, without overloading the proposed target audience of the book. I have also enjoyed the bright and bold colours that have been used inside the book, which again may enhance a child to pick up this book. After deliberation I have come to the conclusion that for me, I cannot fault this book.
Who should read it?
This book would be an ideal resource for children in primary care settings such as a hospital wards, as the children who may have immunodeficiency disorders may be able to read more about their condition. Furthermore this book may be useful in a school setting to raise awareness about the common cold for example and the importance of excellent hand washing.