If I Can't Eat Flies, What Am I?

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Ali Joy Press
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8.5 X 8.5 X 0.11 inches | 0.28 pounds

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About the Author

Alicia knows firsthand what having a severe allergy is like. Not only does she live with food allergies and intolerances herself, her son, Logan, lived with multiple, severe food allergies his entire childhood-including an anaphylactic allergy to dairy. Like any parent, Alicia hated watching Logan struggle, so she went searching for a book she could read to him that may help him feel better. Surprisingly, she couldn't find one. Then, one day the two were at a school-sponsored ice cream party when a well-meaning but insensitive stranger exclaimed, "Being a kid who can't eat ice cream is like being a fish out of water!" Alicia knelt down, gently cradled Logan's chin, and told him she felt that expression was wrong. A fish would die out of water, but he would survive just fine eating other delicious foods that didn't make him sick. Her son looked at her with watery eyes and said, "Yeah, but it IS like being a frog who can't eat flies. It's just wrong." With that, the idea for this book was born. Alicia hopes Tad's story will help kids with food allergies navigate through the tough feelings a little easier, help their parents start open conversations about those feelings, increase compassion and raise awareness of how hard it can be for kids to feel like they belong in a society that has food so thoroughly entangled in its culture. Alicia is a holistic health coach specializing in helping people learn to manage allergies and autoimmune challenges. She is beyond excited that her lifelong dream of becoming an author is now a reality-especially since the subject is something so personal and important to her.
Jennifer Rees is a dedicated and passionate Children's Book Editor of award-winning and New York Times bestselling picture books, Middle Grade, and YA Fiction and Nonfiction, including SUZANNE COLLINS' unparalleled THE HUNGER GAMES series.With over 15 years' experience in the New York City book publishing industry, Jennifer started out in publishing by making her home at Scholastic, working her way up to Senior Editor. During her time at Scholastic, Jennifer published groundbreaking picture books and novels for all ages, created highly commercial and best-selling series, and developed exceptional talent, from debut authors to seasoned veterans.From her home base in Pittsbourgh, PA, Jennifer maintains a deep-rooted connection to New York City publishing, as she continues her work with Scholastic, as well as National Geographic, the innovative and very intriguing Wattpad, and several top-notch literary agencies. Jennifer finds deep joy, gratitude, and satisfaction in the work that she loves, which is to collaborate with an amazing and diverse group of authors and illustrators from all over the world to create innovative stories for all ages-with children, tweens, and teens at the heart of every creation.
Paula has been painting since she was a little girl. She turned her love of painting into a career. She took watercolor lessons from well-known artists from her hometown area like Mary Kocher, Bill Wentz and Liza Buck Goldstein. She also studied art at Northampton County Community College. Today she teaches art at a private school, gives youth watercolor lessons at the local library, conducts sip and paint parties, and designs her own hand painted note cards. Paula had a lifelong dream to illustrate a children's book, so when her friend Alicia asked to help her bring Tad's story to life, Paula hopped at the chance-pun intended.