Book Review: Bagels, Buddy, and Me

Update: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Kahri (Our Peculiar Life)! Kahri’s comment was: “Would love to win this! I am GF and my daughters are just going GF. My 9 year old is having problems understanding it. I would love to show her this book!” Thanks so much to all who participated. Ihope you’ll join us again for more giveaways that fit the gfe approach.

You may have read my post on my main page on Melanie Krumrey and her blog, Gluten-Free Krums, for Sea’s (Book of Yum) Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger event. In it I mentioned that I’d become a fan of Melanie’s through her wonderful book, Bagels, Buddy, and Me. This is a terrific book that offers an easy-to-read introduction to celiac and gluten intolerance. Both written and illustrated by Melanie, it offers her family’s personal story. (Melanie’s shares some more here at the Bagels, Buddy, and Me site.) While geared towards children, this book is also helpful for adults who don’t necessarily want to read about statistics or studies, but want a simple understanding of celiac and gluten intolerance. As you can see from the cover above and one of the illustrations below, it’s a very appealing book.

Sandra Robbins’ (The Gluten-Free Optimist) eight-year old daughter has been reviewing children’s books from time to time on Sandra’s site. Her daughter’s write-ups are just what one wants to read—well-done, honest reviews that get to the point. After reading some of her daughter’s earlier reviews, I mentioned to Sandra on Twitter that Melanie’s book was an especially worthy one. Sandra was unfamiliar with Bagels, Buddy, and Me, but she contacted Melanie and soon received a complimentary copy. You can read Sandra’s daughter’s very positive review here. (You can read some Amazon reviews here.)

Melanie has graciously offered a copy of her lovely book to one lucky gfe reader. The giveaway will be open through midnight (Eastern), Wednesday, June 16. Here are the following ways you can enter:

1. Leave a comment below.
2. “Like” my Facebook page and leave a comment.
3. Subscribe to my feed either via RSS or e-mail, and leave a comment.
4. Follow me on Twitter and leave a comment.
5. Become a friend on Facebook and leave a comment.
6. Tweet about the giveaway sharing the link and leave a comment saying that you did.
7. Post a message on your Facebook page about the giveaway and leave a comment saying that you did.
8. Post about the giveaway on your blog and leave a comment saying that you did, with your link.

All entries will be tracked by the individual comments, so you must enter a separate comment to get an additional entry; e.g., “I tweeted!” and another comment, “I posted on Facebook. Here’s the link: …” If you leave one comment showing you did all these things, unfortunately it will only be counted as one entry, so please remember to note each by separate entries.

Best of luck!

Shirley
Not just gf, but gfe!

Shirley
Not just gf, but gfe!

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Comments

47 Responses to “Book Review: Bagels, Buddy, and Me”

  1. Angela on June 10th, 2010 9:39 am

    What a great book!

    • Shirley on June 11th, 2010 7:39 am

      Hi Angela–I know! Best of luck in the giveaway! :-)

      Shirley

  2. Angela on June 10th, 2010 9:39 am

    I subscribe to your rss feed!

  3. Kahri on June 10th, 2010 9:56 am

    Would love to win this! I am GF and my daughters are just going GF. My 9 year old is having problems understanding it. I would love to show her this book!

    • Shirley on June 11th, 2010 7:48 am

      Hi Kahri–Welcome to gfe! I can understand a child struggling with the concept (heck, many adults struggle with it, at least initially). I do think this book would be very helpful to your daughter. Thanks so much for all your entries and good luck to you in the giveaway! :-)

      Shirley

  4. Kahri on June 10th, 2010 9:56 am

    I subscribe via RSS

  5. Kahri on June 10th, 2010 9:56 am

    I “like” your FB page.

  6. Kahri on June 10th, 2010 9:57 am

    I asked to be your friend on FB. :-)

  7. Kahri on June 10th, 2010 9:59 am

    posted about the giveaway on FB.

  8. nina on June 10th, 2010 10:22 am

    I’d love to win this book. Thanks.

    • Shirley on June 11th, 2010 7:49 am

      Hi nina!–Nice to see you again. :-) Thanks for your entries!

      Best of luck to you, ;-)

      Shirley

  9. nina on June 10th, 2010 10:23 am

    I subscribe via RSS.

  10. Sandy Milne on June 10th, 2010 6:09 pm

    I would love to win this book to add to the San Diego Celiac Support group’s library. Thank you so very much. Sandy – Resource Person for the group.

    • Shirley on June 11th, 2010 8:02 am

      Hi Sandy–Nice to see you here at gfe again! This book would be a great addition to your support group’s library. Best of luck to you (and the group!) in the giveaway! :-)

      Shirley

  11. Sue on June 10th, 2010 10:16 pm

    I subscribe via RSS. I would love to win, as I am still developing my GF repertoire. I share back many of the items I have made.

    • Shirley on June 11th, 2010 8:12 am

      Hi Sue–My little search feature is not being very helpful, so I’m not sure if you are new to gfe or not, but welcome and thanks for entering the giveaway! This is a resource book versus a cookbook, but it’s an especially nice one. Good luck to you on the giveaway and on developing your repertoire! ;-)

      Shirley

  12. Sharon on June 11th, 2010 1:01 am

    Would love to win this to share with my children.

    • Shirley on June 11th, 2010 8:14 am

      Hi Sharon–Nice to see you here at gfe again! This would be a great book to share with your children. :-) Good luck!

      Shirley

  13. christina on June 11th, 2010 1:36 am

    This looks like such a great book for my 5 year old!

    • Shirley on June 11th, 2010 8:15 am

      Hi christina–So nice to see you! Yes, Bagels, Buddy, and Me would be wonderful to share with your 5-year old. :-)

      Thanks for your entries … best of luck!

      Shirley

  14. christina on June 11th, 2010 1:36 am

    And I subscribe to your blog.

  15. Tia on June 11th, 2010 11:49 pm

    Hi Shirley,

    I think you should be on your getaway by now. I hope you are having lots of fun. While I would love to win and read this book, I feel a little guilty entering because so many others sound more deserving than I. (i.e. More noble cause than I really want it.)

    But, since I already subscribe by rss and follow you on twitter, I will comment for those. Plus, I think it’s just good to post and tweet about you because I think you are fabulous.

    Tia

    • Shirley on June 14th, 2010 4:00 pm

      Hey Tia–I’m on my getaway now and yes, we’re having a great, relaxing time in this beautiful spot! But, a girl has to take breaks from the sun from time to time and I love using those to connect with my gluten-free friends. :-)

      Thanks so much for entering the giveaway! Please don’t feel guilty … best of luck to you!

      And, that last comment you made … too kind, too kind. I honestly can’t tell you how much I appreciate your sweet words. We have an amazing gluten-free network and we all contribute. Thanks so much for your heartfelt contributions, too! :-)

      Shirley

  16. Tia on June 11th, 2010 11:59 pm

    I already subscribe by rss.

  17. Tia on June 11th, 2010 11:59 pm

    I already follow you on twitter.

  18. Tia on June 11th, 2010 11:59 pm

    I liked you on facebook.

  19. Tia on June 12th, 2010 12:00 am

    I posted about you on my facebook page.
    http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=209575903500&share_id=121280294580552&comments=1

    Happy vacationing!

  20. Julie on June 14th, 2010 4:34 pm

    this looks great! What a perfect thing to introduce celiac to kids.

    • Shirley on June 14th, 2010 4:59 pm

      Hi Julie–Thanks so much for entering the giveaway! Yes, it is a perfect way to introduce celiac/gluten intolerance to kids. Melanie did a beautiful job with this book. Best of luck to you in the giveaway!

      Thanks again for entering and for your positive feedback on my blog! :-) It always means so much to me. Please let me know if there’s gfe-type info or recipes that would be helpful.

      Shirley

      p.s. Looks like you’re new to commenting here at gfe–let me extend an official welcome!

  21. Julie on June 14th, 2010 4:35 pm

    I subscribe to the blog via Google Reader. I’ve enjoyed the recipes and advice you’ve shared. Thank you!

  22. MarylandCeliac on June 14th, 2010 6:43 pm

    Thank you so much for mentioning and linking to my daughter’s review. She was thrilled when I read her this blog post! It is a great book!
    -Sandra Robins

    • Shirley on June 15th, 2010 11:05 am

      Hi Sandra–I was so happy to share your daughter’s review. I’m so glad she was pleased by my write-up. :-) I think you have a future big-time blogger/writer/reviewer in your family’s future! Thanks for your additional endorsement on Melanie’s book!

      Shirley

  23. Tanya on June 15th, 2010 6:11 am

    Can’t wait to read Bagel, Buddy, and Me!

    • Shirley on June 15th, 2010 11:08 am

      Hi Tanya–So nice to see you again! Best of luck in the giveaway! :-)

      Shirley

  24. Nati on June 15th, 2010 4:20 pm

    Hi,

    I would love to get that book. My son needs to be gf and is very picky, likes mostly baked goods. I am baking like crazy and not always succesfully.

    Thanks,
    Nati

    • Shirley on June 16th, 2010 2:56 pm

      Hi Nati–Welcome to gfe! This book would be great for your son. To be clear though, it’s not a cookbook. I bet you’ll get the hang of gf baked goods soon. I have many easy, no-fail recipes on my site. Please take a look around or let me know if there are any recipes in particular that you are looking for. ;-)

      Best of luck in the giveaway! :-)

      Shirley

  25. Elaine Densmore on June 15th, 2010 11:20 pm

    I would love to win this book.

    • Shirley on June 16th, 2010 3:19 pm

      Hi Elaine–Looks like you are new to gfe–welcome! Best of luck in the giveaway! :-)

      Shirley

  26. Aubree Cherie on June 16th, 2010 6:39 am

    This is so neat! What a fun book :)

    ~Aubree Cherie

    • Shirley on June 16th, 2010 3:27 pm

      Hi Aubree–It really is a fun book while also being educational. It’s nice when the info being learned doesn’t overwhelm you. Melanie did such a lovely job with the illustrations, too. :-)

      Shirley

  27. Kahri on June 18th, 2010 9:00 pm

    Thank you Shirley! I am so excited to have won!! So are my kids!! thank you, thank you!

    • Shirley on June 18th, 2010 9:18 pm

      Hi Kahri–Love your enthusiasm and can’t wait for you and your kids to get Melanie’s wonderful book! Please email me your mailing address so Melanie can send that to you right away. :-) Mank thanks to her for graciously offering up a copy of Bagels, Buddy, and Me!

      Shirley

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